Iowa State University Extension's Pest Management and the Environment (PME) program will be providing continuing instructional courses (CIC) for certified commercial applicators during 2007.
A "commercial applicator" is a person, corporation, or employee of a person or corporation who enters into a contract or an agreement for the sake of monetary payment and agrees to perform a service by applying a pesticide but does not include a farmer trading work with another, a person employed by a farmer not solely as a pesticide applicator who applies pesticide as an incidental part of the person's general duties, or a person who applies pesticide as an incidental part of a custom farming operation. Iowa Code, Chpt. 206.2.
Spring 2007 CIC courses
- Certified Handlers, March 15, 2007, Category H, videotaped program
Fall 2007 CIC courses
- Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, and Plant Disease Management, November 7, 2007, satellite program
- Grain Fumigation, December 6, 2007, videotaped program
All certified applicators receive a postcard in the spring and in the fall listing commercial applicator programs, dates, times, and contact information for all Iowa State University Extension offices across Iowa.
More information about the available CICs and a CIC registration form can be found at the PME program Web site , or visit your Iowa State University Extension county office. If you have specific questions about PME programs, please contact (515) 294-1101.
Keven Arrowsmith is managing editor of ICM newsletter and extension communications specialist with responsibilities in pest management and the environment.
This article originally appeared on page 48 of the IC-498 (2) -- February 26, 2007 issue.