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Commercial Pesticide Applicator Short Course Dec. 14-17 at UW


October 14, 2010 — College credit, knowledge of the use of pesticides and pesticide certification can all be acquired at a commercial pesticide applicator short course offered at the University of Wyoming.

The course is Tuesday, Dec. 14, through Friday, Dec. 17, in Room 1030 in the UW College of Agriculture building.

There is a $110 course registration fee and a $30 manual fee. The $110 fee includes one hour of UW undergraduate college credit following a general examination. Enrollment is limited to 70 students.

"A short course on pesticide safety and application was developed at UW to provide individuals with an opportunity for training in the safe and proper use of pesticides in the areas of weeds, plant disease, insect and small animal control," said Mark Ferrell, state pesticide coordinator in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Plant Sciences.

"It is a great opportunity for people to receive a basic education in the safe and proper use of pesticides in a three-day course who don't have the time or the resources to attend semester-long courses at UW," said Ferrell.

Subjects include pesticide toxicity, insects in field crops, control of weeds in aquatic sites and more. A tentative agenda and registration form is at www.uwyo.edu/plants/wyopest/wyoprog.htm.

"Many people who would like to apply pesticides do not have an opportunity to obtain basic training in the safe and proper use of pesticides before taking an exam for certification," said Ferrell.

The UW Cooperative Extension Service, Department of Plant Sciences and the Wyoming State Department of Agriculture sponsor the course.

To register, mail the payment and registration form to Pesticide Applicator Certification, C/O Arlene Mascarenas, Department of Plant Sciences, Dept. 3354, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071. Make checks payable to UW/Pesticide Certification.

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