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Statewide pesticide applicator testing

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is offering 14 locations in Colorado for those interested in testing toward their license as a commercial pesticide applicator. The testing is one step in becoming a qualified supervisor or certified operator in areas such as agriculture, turf and ornamental, and structural pesticide application.

The cities, locations and dates follow.  All tests are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

• Colorado Springs — El Paso County CSU Extension Office, 304 South Union; Tuesday, Feb. 15, 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 15.              

• Cortez — Montezuma County CSU Extension Office, 109 West Main Street; Tuesday, Feb. 22, Tuesday, March 15.

• Craig — Moffat County CSU Extension Office, 539 Barclay Street; to be announced.

• Eads — Kiowa County Courthouse, 1305 Goff Street; Thursday, Feb. 17, 8:30 a.m.

• Fort Collins — Larimer County CSU Extension Office, 1525 Blue Spruce Drive; Thursday, Feb. 17, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.                                                                      

• Fort Morgan — Morgan County CSU Extension Office, 914 E Railroad Avenue; Tuesday, March 22, 8:30 a.m.

• Gypsum — 3289 Cooley Mesa Road; to be announced.

• Lamar— Prowers County CSU Extension Office, 1001 S. Main; Tuesday, Feb. 8.

• Monte Vista — Monte Vista Coop, 1300 Railroad Avenue; Wednesday, Jan. 19.

• Montrose — Montrose-Ouray County CSU Extension Office, 1001 North 2nd; Monday, Jan. 24, Monday, March 7.                                 

• Palisade — Palisade Insectary, 750 37.8 Road; Thursday, Jan. 6, Thursday, Feb. 17, Tuesday, March 29.

• Pueblo — Pueblo County CSU Extension Office, 701 S. Court Suite C; Tuesday, Feb. 22.

• Sterling — Logan County CSU Extension Office, 508 S. 10th Avenue, Suite #1; Tuesday, Feb. 15, 8:30 a.m.         

• Yuma — Irrigation Research Foundation, 40169 Hwy 59, Tuesday, March 1, 9 a.m.

The testing fee is $100, and each site is limited to ten applicants. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointments must be made with the Department of Agriculture at least one week prior to the test date. Dates will be cancelled if there are less than four registrants seven days prior to the testing day. Test administrators will wait for registrants and walk-ins at the site until 10 a.m.  Each exam may be taken twice; however, there is no grading available at the testing facilities.  Tests will be graded in Lakewood, Colorado.

Contact Mary Jo Dennis at (303) 239-4148 to register for testing.

In Colorado, individuals interested in applying for a private pesticide applicator license should contact Carol Barton with the Colorado Department of Agriculture at (303) 239-4186 or via e-mail at carol.barton@ag.state.co.us.

Livestock Project

Friday, Jan. 28, at 4 p.m. is the deadline for signing up for any 4-H livestock project for 2011. You must declare any and all livestock projects to the CSU Extension Office at 264-5931. Members will be able to drop any livestock project after this date. If the Extension office does not have your enrollment form, enrollment fees and livestock project(s) entered, you will not be able to take this project, thus you will not be able to show at the 2011 County Fair.

Monday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m., all 4-H Livestock members (who bring an animal to the County Fair) are required to attend the Mandatory Livestock Meeting. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Calendar

Thursday, Jan. 13 — 11:45 a.m., Mountain View Homemakers.

Friday, Jan. 14 — 2 p.m., Colorado Mountaineers 4-H Club.

Friday, Jan. 14 — 2 p.m., Wolf Creek Wonders 4-H Club.

Check out our website at www.archuleta.colostate.edu for calendar events and information.