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New Mexico State University will present a pesticide applicator workshop from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Mesilla Park Recreation Center, 304 Bell Avenue, Las Cruces.
Additional trainings will be held in 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 principles of weed management, pesticide safety and labels, pesticide laws and regulations, pesticide calibration problems, basic entomology and vertebrate control.
Current applicators may earn five continuing education units for each workshop in the continuing education track. Topics will include turf grass management, use of herbicides, managing strategies for vegetable diseases in New Mexico, understanding the environmental impact of commonly used landscape pesticides on aquatic systems, and entomology update for pesticide applicators.
Speakers will include Jamshid Ashigh, Extension weed specialist; Bernd Leinauer, Extension turfgrass specialist; Carol Sutherland, state entomologist; Sam Smallidge, Extension wildlife specialist; Stephanie Walker, Extension vegetable specialist; Rossana Sallenave, Extension aquatic ecologist; and French.
Cost of the workshop is $40 per person. To register, contact French at 575-646-1822.
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