University of Wyoming Extension News

Weed association convention offers pesticide applicator recertification in Casper

Commercial pesticide applicator recertification, rangeland weed research and structural pest and mosquito control are among topics for weed management professionals at the 2013 Wyoming Recertification Rendezvous and Convention Jan. 15-17 in Casper.

“This recertification session is the primary opportunity available for commercial applicators seeking continuing education credits to retain their pesticide applicator licenses,” said Jeff Edwards, University of Wyoming Extension pesticide coordinator.

Registration deadline is Jan. 10. Registration fees are $85 on or before Jan. 10 and $110 after Jan. 10 or at the door. To register and for program information, go to www.wyweedmgmt.org/.

The conference at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel is in conjunction with the UW Pesticide Applicator Recertification program.

“Protect yourself,” said Sandra Frost, UW Extension educator. “Protect your employees. Protect the earth. These are three good reasons to attend the Wyoming Recertification Rendezvous for commercial pesticide applicators.”

The weed confab is organized by the Weed Management Association (WWMA) and the Wyoming Ag Business Association. The WWMA promotes and facilitates collaboration and education on weed management issues among all interested parties in Wyoming.

The conference will fulfill recertification credits for all categories of pesticide applicators whose licenses expire Jan. 31. Others will receive 12 hours credit toward recertification.

“It’s the last opportunity anyone has for recertification if his or her license expires Jan. 31,” said Hank Uhden, manager of the technical services division of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. “The organizing committee concentrated this year on topics toward specific facets of the industry, including aerial application, invasive species, and hot-topic issues that affect all applicators.”

Other conference highlights include pesticides 101, monitoring pesticides in Wyoming water, rangeland weed research update, managing weeds and pests in turf, wolf management update, aquatic invasives and aquatic weed control, mice control and Hantavirus and mock inspection by WDA, among other topics.

For more information, call Edwards at 307-532-2436 or email him at jedward4@uwyo.edu.