The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer an in-person Private Pesticide Applicator Training on April 11 in Georgetown.
AgriLife Extension personnel in Williamson County will present the training from 8:30 a.m.-noon at the office, 100 Wilco Way, Suite AG205.
The cost is $60, and participants can register at https://tx.ag/April11ApplicatorTraining. The registration fee must be paid by exact cash or check on the day of the training. Light refreshments will be served.
Registration includes training, an interactive Q&A session, and printed materials to prepare participants to take their Texas Department of Agriculture private applicator exam.
Producers and landowners who apply restricted-use pesticides to their properties must be trained and licensed to do so. The training will provide all the necessary instruction along with printed materials and interactive Q&A time to prepare participants to take the private applicator exam.
Importance of training
“The importance of handling and safely applying pesticides cannot be understated,” said Gary Pastushok, AgriLife Extension agent for Williamson County and program speaker.
The Private Pesticide Applicator Training will provide the basics necessary to make informed decisions on pesticide choices, handling and storage as well as safe applications.
He said both newly trained and licensed pesticide applicators will learn how to observe and minimize the chances for misapplications that may result in plant damage or personal exposure and contamination of the environment.
“I always supplement the basic training programs I do with my own blend of personal experiences and knowledge of the pesticide Industry,” said Pastushok, who previously worked as a pesticide research scientist in the U.S. and Canada.
For more information, contact the AgriLife Extension office in Williamson County at 512-943-3300.