Cornell offers virtual core pesticide applicator training
Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program will be offering a virtual training opportunity for agricultural producers to learn more about pesticide use on their farm.
The training will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 9 to 10:50 a.m. with a repeated presentation scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 14, from 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. The cost to register for the training is $20 a person. To register for Jan. 12, visit swnydlfc.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=1429. To register for the Jan. Jan. 14 session, visit swnydlfc.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=1428.
Those taking the course will receive 1.75 pesticide credits in the CORE category. A confirmation email will be sent to participants prior to the training with information for accessing the virtual classroom. Those looking to receive recertification credits will need to have audio and video capabilities by using a computer, tablet, or smart phone, and their applicator license on hand. Topics to be covered during the training include: pesticide application certification; state laws and regulations; safety precautions; understanding pesticide labels, formulations, and mixing; selecting and calibrating equipment; record keeping; storage and disposal. For more information email Josh Putman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 490-5572.
Because of COVID-19, the DEC did not require growers whose licenses expired in November 2019 or later to renew their applicator’s license in order to buy and spray restricted use materials during the 2020 growing season. That discretionary policy is no longer in effect. If a license expired between November 2019 and Nov. 23, 2020, obtain the full number of recertification credits and renew the license by Feb. 23, 2021. If a license expires after Nov. 23, 2020, follow the typical DEC guidelines.
The Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program is the newest Cornell Cooperative Extension regional program and covers Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Steuben counties. The Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops regional specialists work with Cornell faculty and Extension educators to address the issues that influence the agricultural industry in New York by offering educational programming and research based information to agricultural producers, growers, and agribusinesses in the Southwestern New York Region.
Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program will be offering agricultural producers an opportunity to learn more about pest management and pesticide applications through a virtual training. Pictured is a mature Palmer amaranth weed specimen standing over 8 feet tall in SWNY.