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Spring pesticide training and review scheduled

MONROE, MI -- Farmers or commercial pesticide applicators in southeast Michigan will have four opportunities in which to earn re-certification credits in either February or March 2016.  There will be a pesticide review class in Monroe, Lenawee, Washtenaw and Wayne counties in the next few weeks for either farmers or commercial pesticide applicators to attend.

Wednesday, Feb. 10 will be a class held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Wayne County fairgrounds, with 8 pesticide re-certification credits available.  The cost to participate is $20, payable to the Wayne County Farm Bureau.  Reservations can be made by calling the Farm Bureau office at 734-359-1855.  Farm Bureau will be providing lunch for all those attending.

The next class will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Lenawee County Farm Bureau office.  The cost is $10 to participate for the six hour class, worth 8 pesticide credits.  Reservations can be made by calling the Lenawee County Conservation District at 517-263-7400, ext. 3.

The third class will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Lodi Township Hall, Pleasant Lake Road, north of Saline and south of Ann Arbor.  This class will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., cost $10 and has been granted 4 pesticide re-certification credits.  To reserve a place, contact the Washtenaw County Conservation District at 734-761-6722.

The last classes before spring will be held on Tuesday, March 1 at the 4-H Activity Center on the Monroe County fairgrounds.  There will be a sprayer calibration workshop from 9 a.m.-noon that will cost $10 to participate.  There will be an afternoon Farm Bureau Farm Safety class held from 1-4 p.m. that is free of charge.  Each class has been granted 3 pesticide re-certification credits by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.  No reservations are needed for either March 1 class.

The Monroe County Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee will be offering a lunch on March 1 that is free to Farm Bureau members or asking for a $10 donation from others.

Study manuals can be obtained at the Monroe County Extension office or can be ordered online from MSU. Pesticide classes are co-sponsored by the Agriculture Advisory Council for Monroe County and southeast Michigan.