MONROE, Mich. — With fall harvest winding down, farmers and commercial pesticide applicators wishing to renew their restricted use pesticide certification with credits want to know when classes are scheduled in Monroe County. Pesticides are one part of an Integrated Pest Management program to control insects, weeds, plant diseases, mice and rodents, aquatic pests, seed treatment, mosquitos, and other categories of pests.
Certification benefits the person getting certified and the general public in that the applicator has a basic knowledge and understanding of pesticides, how to handle and use them correctly and be able to protect themselves, others and the environment from misuse.
For farmers and commercial pesticide applicators, there will be two training and review classes at Monroe County Community College; one on Wednesday, November 11 and a second class on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Interested persons can sign up for either class by calling MCCC at 734-384-4229. The cost of each class is $20 per person. Note that only nine persons are allowed to attend a session due to COVID restrictions.
Each class has been approved for eight pesticide re-certification credits in the following categories: Private Core, Commercial Core, Commercial 1A, Commercial 1B, Commercial 3A, Commercial 3B or Commercial category 6. To renew by credits, farmers need 16 Private Core credits while Commercial applicators need 8 credits in Commercial Core and 8 credits in each category for which they are currently certified.
Study manuals can be ordered from the Monroe County Extension office, 963 South Raisinville Road, Monroe or can be ordered on-line. Twelve of the 28 manuals are also available on-line and are free of charge.
Currently MDARD says persons wishing to take a written pesticide exam can sign up to take the exams on a computer-based certification process through the Metro Institute for an additional fee. Details are available at the MDARD Pesticide Certification website. Monroe County Community College is one of the approved sites for the computer-based exams. MDARD is not offering to administer in-person exams at the present time.
— Ned M. Birkey, MSU Extension Educator Emeritus; Spartan Ag
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