University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is conducting pesticide applicator continuing education training March 27 to train people how to properly measure and apply pesticides, manage weeds, and handle irrigation during a drought.
The training will be held at the Pershing County Community Center, 820 Sixth St. in Lovelock, and will be available via interactive videoconference at other Cooperative Extension offices throughout the state upon request. The session will be from 8 a.m. to noon.
In addition, a free health check will be provided for any applicators who attend the session in Lovelock.
"Many farmers and people working in agriculture have busy lives, and as self-employed business people, may often place the needs of the farm ahead of their own health," said Steve Foster, Pershing County Extension Educator.
The health checks will be provided by the Pershing County General Hospital and will include blood pressure and blood sugar level checks, along with information about reducing the risk of developing other health conditions such as skin cancer or diabetes.
The following topics will be presented at the training:
- Integrated Pest Management and EDDMapS (Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System), a web-based mapping system for documenting invasive species distribution, presented by Joy Paterson, Integrated Pest Management Educator, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
- Weed Management Research Update, presented by Brad Schultz, Humboldt County Extension educator, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
- Measuring Pesticides, presented by Steve Foster, Pershing County Extension educator, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
- Irrigation Management During Drought, presented by Jay Davison, Cooperative Extension alternative crop and forage specialist
This course has been approved for three Nevada continuing education credits. Participants must have a current Nevada Pesticide Applicators Certificate or Pest Control License to receive CEUs, and should bring their certification card or license. There is no charge for continuing education credits, and applicators attending for CEUs will not take the applicator certification exam.
Those planning to renew their pesticide applicators certificates by using continuing education credits need to obtain 12 credit hours before their credentials expire. Those choosing not to obtain continuing education credits prior to the expiration date may retake the certification examinations beginning no sooner than three months before the expiration of certification.
Those planning to attend the March 27 training in Pershing County should preregister by March 24 by calling the Pershing County Cooperative Extension Office, 775-273-2923. Those wishing to have the training available in other counties should also call 775-273-2923 as soon as possible, so that interactive videoconference arrangements can be made. Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call at least three days prior to the scheduled event.