Private pesticide applicator training in Panhandle

Private pesticide applicators with licenses expiring in 2013, and anyone seeking first-time private applicator certification, should plan to attend upcoming training sessions scheduled throughout western Nebraska beginning in January.

Dates, locations and contact information:

Harrisburg: Jan. 24, 1 p.m., Banner County Museum; call 308-235-3122
Alliance: Feb. 4, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Extension Office; call 308-762-5616
Alliance: Feb. 20, 1 p.m., Extension Office; call 308-762-5616
Sidney: Jan. 22, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sidney, Holiday Inn; call 308-254-4455.
Chappell: Feb. 5, 1 p.m., Lion's Den; call 308-874-2705.
Oshkosh: Feb. 21, 1:30 p.m., Wesleyan Church; call 308-772-3311.
Ogallala: Feb. 20, 9 a.m., Valentino's; call 308-284-6051.
Paxton: Feb.21, 9 a.m., Community Building; call 308-284-6051.
Kimball: Feb. 6, 1 p.m., 4-H Building; call 308-235-3122.
Grant: Feb. 5, 9 a.m., Fairgrounds; call 308-352-4340.
Scottsbluff: Jan. 24, 1:30 p.m., Panhandle Research & Extension Center; call 308-632-1480.
Scottsbluff: Feb. 12, 1:30 p.m., Panhandle Research & Extension Center; call 308-632-1480.
Valentine: Jan. 29, 1:30 p.m., Fairgrounds 4-H Building; call 402-376-1850
Valentine: April 2, 1:30 p.m., Fairgrounds 4-H Building; call 402-376-1850
Merriman: Jan. 28, 1:30 p.m., Merriman Village Hall; call 402-376-1850
Chadron: Feb. 4, 6 p.m., 4-H Building at Fairgrounds; call 308-432-3373
Chadron: Feb. 26, 6 p.m., 4-H Building at Fairgrounds; call 308-432-3373
Chadron: Feb. 27, 1 p.m., UNL Extension Office, 250 Main; call 308-432-3373
Crawford: Feb. 12, 6 p.m., Heritage Seed; call 308-432-3373
Bridgeport: Feb. 20, 1:30 p.m., Prairie Winds Community Center; call 308-632-1480
Gordon: Jan. 14, 6 p.m. American Legion Post 34; call 308-327-2312
Hay Springs: Jan. 17, 2 p.m., Hay Springs Volunteer Fire Hall; call 308-327-2312
Mirage Flats: March 19, 9:30 a.m., St. Peter's Lutheran Church; call 308-327-2312
Thedford: Jan. 30, 10 a.m., Thomas County Courthouse; call 308-645-2267
Thedford: Feb. 13, 10 a.m., Thomas County Courthouse; call 308-645-2267
Harrison: March 13, 1 p.m., Courthouse meeting room; call 308-668-2428

To reserve space for each session, or for more information, call the local Extension office listed after each date.

The cost of training is $30. Applicators whose permits are due for renewal in 2013 should have received a letter from the State Department of Ag reminding them of permit expiration. They can bring that letter to the training session and avoid having to fill out an application form.

Private pesticide licenses also can be obtained either by completing a self-study manual from the County Extension Office for $60 or by taking and passing a written test conducted by the Nebraska Department of Ag.

Those who complete pesticide applicator training then need to apply to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture for a three-year license card for a $25 fee. The private pesticide license card is required to buy and use restricted-use pesticides for the production of ag commodities.

License fees collected by the NDA are used by natural resources districts in their educational programs.

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