Private (Farmer) Pesticide Applicator Recertification Deadline Extended

— Written By Bill Skelton
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Aphids are notorious plant pests that can be successfully controlled with oily insecticides.Each year, Haywood County produces a number of fruits and vegetables, and cattle are visible in our mountain pastures. Farmers apply Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices to manage crop-destroying pests. The last option in the IPM toolbox is the use of crop protection chemicals. Farmers that use Restricted Use pesticides, or have farmworkers, must obtain a Private Pesticide Applicator Certification.

Applicators are required to be recertified every three years to obtain the most current safety knowledge and practices when using these materials. Due to the corona-virus pandemic, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has extended the recertification deadline until November 30, 2020, for those with Private Applicator certifications that expire this year.

For farmers that still need to obtain their recertification credits can find a list of approved classes on the NCDA&CS Pesticide Division website.