Continuing Education Workshops Announced
There will be two continuing education workshops coming up where farmers and ranchers can obtain continuing education hours to renew their pesticide licenses. On Thursday, December 3, 2015 the San Benito County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office will be sponsoring a pesticide laws and regulations workshop at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 649 San Benito Street, Hollister CA. The class has been approved for 2 hours of Laws & Regulations continuing education credit by the Department of Pesticide Regulation. This class will start at 8:30 am, with registration and refreshments starting at 8:00 am.
The San Benito County Weed Management Area will hold its annual Continuing Education Seminar for Ranchers on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, also to be held at the Veteran’s Memorial Building. The Weed Management Area is a partnership of local organizations and public agencies that help coordinate weed control work in the County. This will be their fourteenth annual class.
This workshop will focus on topics that would be of interest to the County’s cattle ranchers. Some of the agenda items include invasive weed management, vertebrate pest control conservation planning and other issues effecting local ranchers. Attendees to the workshop are eligible for 2.5 hours of pesticide continuing education credit, which includes 1 hour of laws and regulations credit. The workshop will start at 8:00, with registration starting at 7:30 am.
Growers and ranches that use restricted use pesticides are required to obtain a private applicator certificate issued by the County Agricultural Commissioner. Depending on when the certificate was first issued, it can be valid for up to three years. To renew this certificate, the certificate holder needs to obtain two hours of pesticide continuing education for each year their card is valid for. Of the total required hours, at least two of the hours must be specifically on laws and regulations. These classes are an opportunity to obtain these required hours for your renewal.
For additional information on these classes or on renewal requirements, contact the County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office at (831) 637-5344.