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NMSU to present pesticide applicator workshop in Farmington Feb. 16

FARMINGTON, N.M. -- New Mexico State University will present a pesticide applicator workshop from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at McGee Park, 41 Road 5568, in Farmington.

"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, pesticide safety and labels, pesticide laws and regulations, pesticide calibration problems, vertebrate control and principles of weed management.

Current applicators may earn five continuing education units for each workshop in the continuing education track. Topics will include pesticides and soil quality, a plant pathology Jeopardy game, noxious weed identification and control, an entomology update for pesticide applicators, and principles of integrated pest management.

Speakers will include Tess Grasswitz, Extension integrated pest management specialist; Jim Wanstall, NMDA noxious weed program coordinator; Carol Sutherland, state entomologist; Sam Smallidge, Extension wildlife specialist; Natalie Goldberg, Extension plant pathologist; John Idowu, Extension agronomy specialist; and French.

The cost of the workshop is $40 per person. To register, contact French at 575-646-1822.