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Free On-line CEU Pesticide Credits through EPA Webinars

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention is offering trainings through their on-line Integrated Pest Management webinar series. These have been approved for commercial pesticide applicators CEU credit through the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and

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So, You Want to Be a Pesticide Applicator: Private Applicator Competencies

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the registration, distribution, sale, and use of pesticides by their authority through the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). There are two types of certified pesticide applicators defined by FIFRA: private and commercial

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So, You Want to be a Pesticide Applicator: Consumer Pesticides

Inherently, pesticides have some risks to the environment, the plants or animals being protected, consumers, and/or the applicator. Those pesticides with higher risks have been designated Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP), which require training and certification for their users, while pesticides

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Stop-Sale Notice for ALG Health Respirators

This month, ALG Health released a notification for a temporary stop-sale of all their NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) products (including respirators) until their non-conformance investigation is completed. ALG Health noted on the NIOSH website that these

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EPA to Cancel Food Uses for Chlorpyrifos

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week that they are revoking all food tolerances for chlorpyrifos. This will take effect 6 months after the announcement of the Federal Register. This is the Notice of Intent to Cancel these food

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Dicamba Off-target Movement Continues in 2021

There have been several reports of dicamba off-target movement onto soybean and other sensitive crops reported over the last two weeks in parts of Kentucky.   Despite four years of applicator training and three label changes to enhance restrictions and nullify

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Sivanto Approved for Sweet Sorghum

Last month, I received notice that our 2021 Emergency Exemption request for Sivanto Prime for sugarcane aphid on sweet sorghum was denied. The reason is that sweet sorghum, including sorghum grown for syrup, has been added to the list of

Posted in Grains, Pesticide Topics

EPA Webinar for CEUs: Read the Label – Pesticide Label Guidance

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Center for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is hosting an ongoing series of webinars featuring experts from across the country relaying educational information and practical strategies for establishing and improving integrated pest management and pesticide safety

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Alfalfa Weevil and Insecticide Resistance

This past week, I received a report of high levels of alfalfa weevil larvae following an insecticide application. The producer was concerned that the insecticide he was using was not effective. I visited with the grower and collected several hundred

Posted in Forages, Pesticide Topics

Expanded Testing For Commercial Applicator Licenses

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has expanded the locations for persons to test for commercial and noncommercial applicator licenses. In addition to the Frankfort and Gilbertsville locations that have been the only testing locations during the pandemic, the KDA

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Fourth Annual National Pesticide Safety Education Month – February 2021

February is National Pesticide Safety Education month. This is a time to reinforce the core principles of safe and responsible pesticide use with many audiences. Pesticides are key tools used to manage a diverse group of pests, diseases, and weeds.

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Requirements for Paraquat Training have been Updated

Effective December 31, 2020, new regulations mandate that any paraquat products under 120 gallons distributed or sold by paraquat registrants require a closed system. This also means that the new requirements do not allow for jar testing when testing for

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Pesticide Training and Certification in Kentucky and Covid-19

Applying pesticides safely and effectively takes training and experience. Applying pesticides improperly can result in risks to one’s health, to food safety, and to the environment. From a regulatory perspective, pesticides are classified as either General Use Pesticides (GUP) or

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Limited Testing for Commercial Pesticide Applicators

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there are fewer testing locations for persons needing certification as commercial applicators. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is offering testing in Frankfort and Gilbertsville in western Kentucky. At each location, testing is limited to nine individuals

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Protect your Investments: Store Your Pesticides Properly During Winter

Pesticides aren’t cheap, so it is important to take care of them. Pesticides can become degraded or unusable during the winter months if not stored properly. Some pesticides can be degraded with extreme temperatures or high humidity. This can result

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