Private Applicator Training
How to control pesky bugs and weeds are some of the most common questions asked of county Ag agents, but many of the most effective chemical controls require a license to buy them according to Chadd Caperton, the new AgriLife agent for Jasper County.
Caperton will team up with Newton agent Lisa Wall for a multi-county Private Applicator Training class Thursday, Jan. 28 at 8 a.m. at Ealand Hall next to First United Methodist Church at 329 Bowie St. in Jasper. Flyer
The class covers regulated/restricted pesticides and herbicides and costs $35 for the manual, class materials and lunch.
“We recommend you buy and read through the manual before class,”
Caperton said. “We show videos and stop for questions often, but there is a lot to cover and you need to at least be familiar with the material.”
The private applicator license, if you pass the test, costs $60 paid to the state and is good for five years. It allows you to buy and use certain chemicals on your own property. TDA inspector Amy Cobbley will administer the test the same day.
“We want to get the word out and get people trained early this year,” Caperton said. “We plan to open a farmer’s market by the end of April, and that means people will want to start planning and preparing their fields now. This training teaches people how to safely handle, apply and store pesticides and herbicides. Even those who don’t plan to get their license can benefit from the training.
“The other thing we are planning this year is to offer more opportunities for people to get their CEUs (continuing education units) which are required to renew your license. For instance, the Invasive Species seminar Saturday, Jan. 23, counts for 3 CEUs, two general and one on laws and regulations,” Caperton said. “We’d like to hear from people in the county what other programs they would like us to offer.”
Call 409-384-3721 or come by the AgriLife Extension office in Jasper at 271 E. Lamar St., upstairs over Auto Registration in the courthouse annex.