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Private Pesticide Applicator Training


The MU Extension Office will host a free Private Pesticide Applicator Training class at the Polk County Fairgrounds Youth Building in Bolivar on February 16.

Anyone over the age of 18 is invited to attend the class, which will take place at 6 p.m. and may end close to 9 p.m.

A recent release from the MU Extension Office said that training is required by Missouri law to obtain a Certified Private Applicator license for purchase and use of restricted-use pesticides. Individuals who are obtaining their license may not accept payment when spraying pesticides for another person.

Topics during the training include “safe handling of pesticides, proper mixing, calibration techniques, environmental ramifications of improper mixing or careless application, chemical breakdown of pesticides in the environment, what records are needed, pesticide formulations, personal protective wear and how to clean it, pesticide storage, common MO pests, and integrated pest management (IPM),” the release said.

Because of new regulations, this training session will not certify individuals to use Dicamba. The release says that, in order to qualify for the use of Dicamba, individuals will need to take a statewide training session for its specified use.

“Missouri law is currently under review and will possibly change in the near future with stricter requirements,” the release said in regard to the training and use of Dicamba.

The Private Pesticide Applicator training will be presented by Terry Halleran, regional agronomy specialist. Attendees must pre-register a week before the class. To sign up or get more information, call the MU Extension Office in Bolivar at 417-326-4916.