Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Agriculture

February 21, 2014

Private pesticide, manure and fertilizer applicator exams offered

BROOKVILLE -- The application of pesticides, manure, and other fertilizers is a precise agricultural tool.

The proper use of these products is instrumental in maintaining the agricultural productivity that feeds our world today. Misuse of these same products can have negative environmental impacts. Because of their importance and potency, the State of Indiana requires farmers that wish to apply restricted use pesticides or manure from confined feeding operations to their own land have a permit.

To be eligible for an applicator’s permit, farmers must pass a thorough exam and attend educational recertification programs. Purdue Extension is essential at the state and county level for the training and education of farmers using these regulated products.

Farmers interested in qualifying for a permit to apply restricted use pesticides, fumigants, manure from confined feeding operations (CFOs), or fertilizer for hire will need to pass an exam. The Franklin County Extension Office will be hosting Purdue Pesticide Programs in Brookville to offer these exams. The exams will take place on Monday March 3, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Schilling Community Center, 900 Mill St., Brookville.

Only private applicator exams will be offered. There are no commercial category exams at this location. Exams offered include Pesticide Core Exam, Category 14 Manure/Fertilizer Application Exam, and Category 7d Fumigation Exam. Training for the Category 14 Agricultural Fertilizer Application exam will be offered at 1:00p.m. in the same location. Registration is requested for these exams, please call Purdue Pesticide Programs at 800-319-3090 or email Cheri at cjanssen@purdue.edu.

You must show a government issued photo ID at the time of the exam. Exams can be taken anytime between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m., but no exam may be started unless the full time limit allowed for that exam remains in the testing period (i.e. a 90-minute exam may not be started if only 80 minutes remain). Time limits are listed below. Examinees will be limited to the number of different exams that can be completed within the three-hour testing period (two exams). Exam time limits: Core - 1.5 hours, Cat. 7d - 1 hour, and Cat. 14 - 1.5 hours.

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