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Private pesticide applicator training set

Approximately 300 Dawson County agricultural producers will need to be certified or recertified to purchase restricted use pesticides, according to Extension educator Bruce Treffer.

Four meetings will be conducted in Dawson County by the Extension Service to satisfy Nebraska Department of Agriculture training requirements. They are:

Wednesday, Feb. 9—Sumner, 1-4 p.m., Community Building

Thursday, Feb. 17—Lexington, 1-4 p.m., Dawson County Extension Office, 1002 Plum Creek Parkway

Wednesday, March 2—Cozad, 1-4 p.m., Cozad Elks Club, 810 J Street

Tuesday, March 8—Lexington, 1-4 p.m., Dawson County Extension Office, 1002 Plum Creek Parkway

Prompt arrival is requested at all meetings as regulations require that participants attend the entire session. Treffer said producers should check their pesticide applicator certificates. If it has already expired, if it expires in 2011, or if they have never had a card, they will want to attend a meeting.

There are other meetings scheduled in surrounding counties for those unable to attend one of the above or producers may check with the Extension Office for other options such as self-study manuals.

Those attending meetings should plan to bring a check to cover a $30 program fee and the bar-coded reminder letter received from the state, said Treffer. There is also a $25 license fee from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture that they will be billed for following the training.

The $25 NDA fee is forwarded to the Natural Resource Districts Water Quality Enhancement Fund.

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