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The first private pesticide training sessions of the new year are Feb. 1-2 during the Farm Show, inside the Club Room at Platte County Agricultural Park in Columbus. The Feb. 1 session starts at 1:30 p.m. On Feb. 2, the session starts at 9:30 a.m.

In addition, training will be held 10 a.m. Feb. 7 at the Community Building/City Hall in Lindsay and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Pinnacle Bank east location, along 23rd Street near Applebee’s, in Columbus. Another 2017 training session is 6:30 p.m. March 22 at Pinnacle Bank.

The training is for individuals to be certified to apply restricted-use pesticides, including initial training for those who have never been certified and recertification for those who have previously been certified.

Farmers attending are reminded there is no provision for late entry to the training sessions. Those arriving late will be asked to leave and attend training at a later date.

Private applicators need to check their license from the Department of Agriculture to see if they need the training. If the certification card expires on April 15, 2017, farmers need to recertify. The cost to attend one of the training programs is $30. For training programs in surrounding counties, please contact the Platte County Extension Office at 402-563-4901.

Most of the producers needing the training have or will be receiving a letter with a printed bar code from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. It will save them time if they bring that letter along with them to the training.

Upon the completion of your private pesticide applicator training, Platte County Extension will mail the application to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA). After processing, NDA will send a billing invoice for the $25 state license fee. The license fee covers the three-year certification period. Upon receipt of the license fee payment, NDA will issue your pesticide license card to you.

To summarize, farmers who need the pesticide training in 2017 will pay $30 to attend one of the meetings, then will be billed $25 from the Department of Agriculture to receive their license. Preregistration to the pesticide training meeting is not necessary. Attendees only need to bring $30 (cash or check payable to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln) and the bar-coded NDA letter (if they have one) with them to the training.

Reminder: An estate planning workshop will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday at Central Community College, with lunch sponsored by First National Bank. Call 402-606-6793 to register or for more information about attending this free session.

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For more information or assistance, contact Allan Vyhnalek, Extension educator, Platte County Extension, by phone at 402-563-4901 or email avyhnalek2@unl.edu.

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