Dodge County farmers whose pesticide applicators certification has expired or first-time applicators will want to register for one of two training sessions or for a self-study program in order to acquire their General Farming Private Applicator’s License. Current applicators whose certification is expiring will be receiving notification in the mail.
Training sessions will be held Friday, February 1st or Monday, March 4th, 2019 in the Dodge County Administration Building Auditorium. Fee of $45 includes the training manual, one resource book, and a catered lunch. Registration and fee payment for PAT classes must be done in person, at least 7 days prior to the training/testing date. Upon registration, applicators will be taking home manuals with them at registration for studying.
Each training session begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. At the conclusion of instruction you will take an open-book examination (50% minimum passing score if you attend the entire training session).
Self-study recertification is also available. Study the book and schedule a testing appointment in advance with the Dodge County UW-Extension Office to take an open-book examination (70% minimum passing score). Fee of $30 includes the General Farming Training Manual. Self-study registration may be done one day prior to testing date at the Dodge County UW-Extension Office, 127 E. Oak Street, Juneau, WI. Phone and mail registrations for PAT are not accepted. The 2019 Pest Management Guide A3646 is also available for purchase for an additional $15.00.
The pesticide applicators training course will focus on the four steps of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program: Set Action Thresholds, Monitor and Identify Pests, Prevention, and Control. The program will also include a discussion of Pesticides and the Law, Reading the Pesticide Label, Safety and Emergencies, Calibrating Spray Equipment and a special discussion topic on the latest information about dicamba’s registration status and drift concerns.
This course is offered by the University of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Other private applicator training for Greenhouse & Nursery, Fruit Crops and Commercial Applicator training are offered by DATCP.
For more information, contact the Dodge County UW-Extension office at 920-386-3790.
You may also visit the Pesticide Applicator Training website at: https://fyi.uwex.edu/pat/ and find trainings in other counties at: https://fyi.uwex.edu/pat/private-applicator-training/.