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NMSU to present pesticide applicator workshop in Albuquerque on Nov. 15

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico State University will present a pesticide applicators workshop from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd. NE.

Additional trainings will be held around the state, including in Las Cruces on Dec. 13; Hobbs on Jan. 26, with the continuing education portion broadcast to Clovis Community College in Clovis and Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari; and Farmington on Feb. 16.

"This is an excellent opportunity for all certified pesticide applicators, either public, private or commercial, to obtain the continuing education units needed for their license renewal, and for prospective applicators to receive training to obtain a license from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture," said Jason French, pesticide safety education coordinator for NMSU's Department of Extension Plant Sciences.

There will be two tracks of training - one for certification training and one for continuing education units for current applicators.

The certified and training track is designed to prepare individuals to pass the certification exam to become a licensed pesticide applicator. Session topics include basic entomology, managing small-scale fruit and nut orchards in central New Mexico, pesticide law and regulations, pesticide calibration problems, pesticide safety and labels, and principles of weed management.

Current applicators may earn five continuing education units for each workshop in the continuing education track. Topics will include trends in pest control for the pecan industry, entomology update for pesticide applicators, pesticide breakdown during composting, use of herbicides, and understanding the environmental impact of commonly used landscape pesticides on aquatic systems.

Speakers will include Jamshid Ashigh, Extension weed specialist; Robert Flynn, Extension agronomy specialist; Carol Sutherland, state entomologist; Richard Heerema, Extension pecan specialist, Rossana Sallenave, Extension aquatic ecologist; and French.

Cost of the workshop is $40 per person. To register, contact Mary Curtis at 575-646-1715.