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Chemigation & Private Pesticide Training

January 23, 2019

For farmers wishing to apply pesticides to the land or utilize their irrigation equipment to chemigate, it’s time to check the expiration date on your licenses. Private applicators are required to recertify once every three years and chemigators every four years.

The state of Nebraska recognizes three types of pesticide applicators: private, commercial, and noncommercial.  The University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources describes a private applicator as a certified applicator who uses any restricted use pesticide for purposes of producing any agricultural commodity.  There are a number of categories into which an application of pesticides may fall.  As a general rule, the category that a particular pesticide application fits into will relate to what the applicator is attempting to protect.

State law requires that a person utilizing chemigation be a certified applicator. The University of Nebraska-Extension has scheduled chemigation training courses across the NRD in the coming weeks. If you plan to apply chemicals, you must attend one of the courses and pass a written exam to be certified. Four years after certification, the irrigator is required to take a renewal course.

The Lower Loup Natural Resources District recognizes the value of the pesticide and chemigation training programs in protecting our soils and water from contamination and encourages participation in the programs.

For a list of private pesticide applicator trainings, click here.

For a list of chemigation trainings, click here.

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