EXTENSION CORNER: Pesticide training class slated for Feb. 17 in Gadsden

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A private pesticide applicator test is required to be able to purchase and use restricted-use products.
A private pesticide applicator test is required to be able to purchase and use restricted-use products.

If you spray restricted use pesticides on your property, take a minute and double check the expiration date on your license. If your license is expired, will be expiring soon or if you want to get licensed, make plans to attend one of our upcoming private pesticide applicator training classes.

These classes are designed to educate and prepare landowners, farmers or others who need to need to take the private pesticide applicator test that is required to be able to purchase and use restricted-use products. Another important topic that we will cover is chemical safety and sprayer calibration, so anyone who sprays pesticides regularly will find it helpful.

Our training session and exam will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Etowah County Extension Office, 3200-A W. Meighan Blvd., Gadsden. Please call ahead at 256-547-7936 to sign up. If you cannot make it on the 17th, give us a call and we can help you find another day or time in a nearby county.

This training and testing class has a fee of $20. Applicants will send an additional licensing fee of $25 to the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries. Plan to pay the $20 class fee with a cash or check made out the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES).

If you would like more information about pest management or other agricultural best practices, please reach out or stop by our office, call us or visit us on Facebook at https://bit.ly/3otwUdl or online at https://bit.ly/3yniPCx.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M University and Auburn University) is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Everyone is welcome! Please let us know if you have accessibility needs.

Eric Wright is extension coordinator for the Etowah County Extension Office.

This article originally appeared on The Gadsden Times: Extension sets pesticide training

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