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Schmidt: Register for pesticide applicator training

By Staff | Feb 13, 2015

I’d like to remind private pesticide applicators that this year’s Pierce County private applicator pesticide certification trainings will require pre-registration for the session an expiring applicator plans to attend. Now that the Pierce County Extension office has had continuous support staff in place, we will begin to implement a pre-registration system which will help trainings run more smoothly in addition to ensuring adequate space and materials for attendees. Expiring applicators were mailed a notice of their expiring certificates and a list of local training dates last week. They now need to choose the training they will attend and submit that to the Pierce County Extension office. This year there will be no walk-ins. New applicators should call the Extension office to let us know which training they would like to attend. The testing period for all new applicators will be March 27, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at the Pierce County Courthouse.

The certification fee is $30. Checks are payable to the NDSU Extension Service. Currently, certifications are good for 3 years and expire on April 1st.

Pierce County private applicator certification meetings will be held in Rugby to recertify or certify on the following dates:

Thursday, February 26, 2015 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Rugby Eagles check-in @ 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 12, 2015 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Rugby Eagles check-in @ 7:30 a.m.

Thursday, March 26, 2015 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Rugby Eagles check-in @ 12:30 p.m.

For those re-certifying, who are unable to attend one of these meetings, there is the option of attending a meeting in another county. A list of training dates and locations in other counties was included in the notification letters sent out to expiring applicators last week. As always applicators continue to have the option of taking an open book test in lieu of attending a training meeting. The certification fee is still $30.

For questions, to pre-register, to find out about trainings in other counties, or to schedule a time to take the test please call the Pierce County Extension office at 776-6234 ext. 5.

NDSU Offers Forums for Gardeners

North Dakota State University is offering a series of forums to gardeners across the state for its second year. A team of 12 university experts will present information on timely topics in gardening and landscaping.

The Spring Fever Garden Forums will be held on Monday and Tuesday nights, March 23, 24, 30 and 31, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. CDT.

Topics include selecting landscape trees, gardening in containers, attracting pollinators, growing fruits and herbs, pruning shrubs and preventing diseases. Specialists will give short presentations and then answer your questions. Local NDSU Extension Service County Agents, such as myself, and area Master Gardeners will also be available at host sites to help answer questions as well.

Presentations are made before a live audience in Fargo and delivered to NDSU Extension county offices across the state – the Pierce County Extension office will be among these. Gardeners may also participate online on their home computers. All gardeners are welcome and everything is free. Presentations go from 6:30 to 8:30 PM CDT each night.

For a full list of presentations and to register, contact your local county Extension office or go to www.ag.ndsu.edu/springfever/.

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