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By Bob Hammon
Special to The SUN
Both commercial and private pesticide applicators will benefit from the annual Tri River Area Pest Management Workshop to be held Feb. 19-20 in Grand Junction, Colo.
Sponsored by Colorado State University Extension, the program will offer the continuing education credits (CECs) required to fulfill and maintain commercial and private pesticide applicator licenses.
Also, employees who need technician training hours can get up to 12 hours of verified training. The credits are good for applicators in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming.
Twenty two speakers will cover a variety of topics including:
• Disposal of unwanted pesticides.
• Workplace safety.
• Mixing low-rate pesticides.
• Laws and regulations.
• Weather forecasting and the water outlook for 2013.
• Planting rates and other research on Roundup-Ready alfalfa.
• Seed treatment research on bee populations.
• Trait failures in some Bt corn varieties.
• Tomato virus management.
• Urban tree inventories.
• Tree and shrub insect issues.
• Turf weeds and turf grass growth and development.
• Controlling vertebrate pests.
• Industrial and right-of-way weed control.
• Biological control agents for rangeland.
• Biting and stinging insects.
• Flying insect control devices and mosquito behavior.
Registration is $50 for private applicator CECs, technician training credits, or not for credit, and $100 for commercial applicators. Tuesday lunch and break are included and sponsored by CropWorx.
Registration is due by Feb. 11, or higher rates will apply. Sessions on Feb. 19 start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. The Feb. 20 session will run from 7:30 a.m. to noon.
To register and see the entire program and speaker list, go to http://wci.colostate.edu or call (970) 244-1834. If you have questions, call (970) 244-1834, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or e-mail Lorie.Wuebold@mesacounty.us.