We’re pleased to share the following announcement from Danny Walker, Columbia County Extension agent:
Certification training for farmers needing to obtain a private pesticide applicators license will be offered at the Columbia County Extension office in Magnolia on Mon., March 28, beginning at 6 pm. No pre-registration is required, but a $10 training fee will be collected at the door.
Farmers using restricted use pesticides are required by law to possess a private pesticide applicators license. One of the requirements for obtaining the license is to have completed certification training. License holders must retake the training every five years to stay certified. Farmers can check their current license to see when their certification runs out as well as when the license expires.
Restricted use pesticides are not intended for home use therefore licenses will not be issued to persons not engaged in the production of a crop. Crops include timber, livestock, forages, truck crops, etc.
Private applicator licenses are not intended for persons who do custom work on a for-hire basis. Custom applicators go through a different licensing process. Details on how to obtain that license are available from the Extension office at 870-235-3820.
This training is open to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veterans status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication or program information should notify the county Extension office as soon as possible prior to the activity.