Big IPM Changes for Idaho City

The city of Boise, Idaho is committing to a series of tests for the potential overhaul of their Integrated Pest Management guidelines. The Pesticide Reduction Pilot Program has been set up to strategically test alternative and emerging methods of pest control within strategic park sites throughout the city.

The stated goal of the program is to “use a variety of methods to manage grass, soil, tree wells and other landscaped areas while studying the effects of a reduction in synthetic chemical use. … The city will also be monitoring how these methods affect maintenance standards and resource management.”

Pilot sites were chosen with a “set of criteria needed to gather a variety of data on pesticide reduction tactics, study park maintenance impacts and monitor department resource management.”

The city provided details of the plans for each pilot site which describe the new methods that will be used at each site. The plans also provide the public with information on what they can expect as a result of the changes.

Two of the primary implementations will be raised mower height and less frequent mowing, and discontinuance or reduced glyphosate use around tree wells and mulched areas. As such, the most visible results for citizens will be longer grass and greater plant diversity.

Some sites will implement more trial-based methods of pest control. Corn Gluten Meal will be used at one site, while another will use Chelated Iron, both as tests for Broadleaf control. One site will be partnering with the Sheriff’s Inmate Labor Detail for manual maintenance of mulch beds, while another site will use torches to spot treat turf.

Every site has the goal of reducing glyphosate use (a non-selective herbicide), and some sites are also trying to reduce Broadleaf selective herbicide use as well.

For further reading we recommend visiting the Pesticide Reduction Pilot Program page. If you are interested in learning more about Integrated Pest Management or Cultural Practices for Turf we recommend checking out your state page (see menu below) to view our course offerings on these and other topics.

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Nevada Certified Applicator FAQ’s

Nevada and federal laws require that only certified applicators apply or supervise the application of Restricted-Use Pesticides (RUP). Nevada Certified Pesticide Applicators (RUP certificate holders) must recertify every four years from the date of initial certification. The following are frequently asked questions regarding Nevada Certified Pesticide Applicators:

How do I become a Nevada Certified Applicator?

To become certified in Nevada applicators must pass an exam which is administered by the Department of Agriculture.

How do I schedule an exam to become a Nevada Certified Applicator?

Exams may be scheduled by contacting any Nevada Department of Agriculture office.

What should I study to be prepared for my exam?

The Nevada Department of Agriculture recommends studying the National Core and National Soil Fumigation manuals. We offer an online exam prep program based on the National Core manual that includes practice exam questions to help you gauge your test readiness.

I’ve passed my exam, what now?

Once you pass your exam, you should fill out the application for restricted use pesticide certification (find it under the Applications section). Once complete, submit and any required fees to your local Department of Agriculture office.

How do I renew my Nevada applicator certification?

Each four year renewal cycle you will need to complete one of two activities—either take and pass another exam, or complete 12 hours of state approved continuing education.

Do the 12 CEU’s need to be on specific topics?

Yes, at least 2 of the CEU’s must be on topics regarding pesticide laws. The rest may be on laws or more general topics relating to the application of pesticides.

Who can I contact with further questions?

Contact the Nevada Department of Agriculture. Their main phone number is (775) 353-3601.

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International Year of Plant Health

The UN has declared 2020 the International Year of Plant Health.

The goal of this year long celebration is to raise public awareness on “how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.” The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that “up to 40% of food crops are lost to plant pests and diseases annually.”

The following list is based on the FAO’s suggestions for helping to raise awareness for plant health across the globe, and we’ve added a couple of our own suggestions as well.

  1. Be careful when bringing plants and plant products across borders
    Speak with your vendors and suppliers about whether they are taking steps to mitigate the spread of undesirable contaminants. Being aware of the policies others have in place can help you to take steps to protect your investments as well.
  2. Comply with local and federal plant health standards
    Complying with guidelines and laws helps protect you AND your plants.
  3. Consider implementing Integrated Pest Management practices
    Research is emerging daily on environmentally friendly ways to manage pests, and these IPM strategies could help you save the environment as well as your crops.
  4. Reach out to policy makers
    Not everyone is aware of the issues surrounding plant health, and policy makers are no exception. Consider asking for a public awareness campaign, suggest changes to local policies, or ask them to invest in innovative plant research. Every little bit helps.
  5. Implement (or re-evaluate) plant monitoring policies
    Early detection is often key to controlling the spread. If you don’t already, consider implementing plant monitoring policies. Or if you do have these policies, perhaps re-evaluate them to see if improvements can be made.
  6. Research and share locally
    If you are on social media, talk to your audience about these issues. Point them to local resources like the DNR or your state’s Department of Agriculture to find out more about what they can do to help the cause. If you’re not on social media, consider talking to people at networking or other social events about the issues.

The FAO has also provided a list of resources and strategies to help raise public awareness, and if you are interested in spreading the word, we suggest checking that out too. There is a ton of information free to share with people, and resources to help you get the word out.

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Instructor Opportunity for an Interior Plant Pest Management Specialist

Certified Training Institute is looking for an interior plant pest management specialist to create and teach online courses. Online video training is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, with more individuals and businesses choosing courses that will fit their busy schedules. This is a significant opportunity for a talented pesticide safety instructor.

How it works:

  • You will write a course on a topic of your choosing.
  • We will review your materials and suggest any necessary changes.
  • Once course materials are finalized, you will come to our recording studio in Traverse City, Michigan for a one-day filming session.
  • You will receive a lump cash payment for your course material and presentation.

Certified Training Institute is a proven leader in online license and certification training. Our school has been providing trades-based training since 1999 and currently offers nationwide HD video courses for contractors, architects, real estate agents, plumbers, engineers and agricultural workers. All of our courses are created by industry leaders and tailored to the specific needs of the licensees. We produce pre-license and exam prep training that helps people begin their careers and continuing education on interesting and industry relevant topics. Now we are looking to expand our course catalog and we need YOU!

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please call 1 (800) 727-7104 and ask for Sarah R. or simply fill out the form and we will be in touch with you.

 

 

 


Online Pesticide Professional Continuing Education

State-approved video continuing education courses are available 24/7.

1-800-727-7104

 

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Instructor Opportunity for an Agricultural Crop Pest Management Specialist

Certified Training Institute is looking for an agricultural crop pest management specialist to create and teach online courses. Online video training is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, with more individuals and businesses choosing courses that will fit their busy schedules. This is a significant opportunity for a talented pesticide safety instructor.

How it works:

  • You will write a course on a topic of your choosing.
  • We will review your materials and suggest any necessary changes.
  • Once course materials are finalized, you will come to our recording studio in Traverse City, Michigan for a one-day filming session.
  • You will receive a lump cash payment for your course material and presentation.

Certified Training Institute is a proven leader in online license and certification training. Our school has been providing trades-based training since 1999 and currently offers nationwide HD video courses for contractors, architects, real estate agents, plumbers, engineers and agricultural workers. All of our courses are created by industry leaders and tailored to the specific needs of the licensees. We produce pre-license and exam prep training that helps people begin their careers and continuing education on interesting and industry relevant topics. Now we are looking to expand our course catalog and we need YOU!

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please call 1 (800) 727-7104 and ask for Sarah R. or simply fill out the form and we will be in touch with you.

 

 


Online Pesticide Professional Continuing Education

State-approved video continuing education courses are available 24/7.

1-800-727-7104

 

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Instructor Opportunity for a Forest Pest Management Specialist

Certified Training Institute is looking for a forest pest management specialist to join our successful online pesticide exam prep training & continuing education department. Online video training is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, with more individuals and businesses choosing courses that will fit their busy schedules. This is a significant opportunity for a talented pesticide safety instructor.

How it works:

  • You will write a course on a topic of your choosing.
  • We will review your materials and suggest any necessary changes.
  • Once course materials are finalized, you will come to our recording studio in Traverse City, Michigan for a one-day filming session.
  • You will receive a lump cash payment for your course material and presentation.

Certified Training Institute is a proven leader in online license and certification training. Our school has been providing trades-based training since 1999 and currently offers nationwide HD video courses for contractors, architects, real estate agents, plumbers, engineers and agricultural workers. All of our courses are created by industry leaders and tailored to the specific needs of the licensees. We produce pre-license and exam prep training that helps people begin their careers and continuing education on interesting and industry relevant topics. Now we are looking to expand our course catalog and we need YOU!

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please call 1 (800) 727-7104 and ask for Sarah R.

 

 

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Instructor Opportunity for a Wood Preservation Specialist

Certified Training Institute is looking for a wood preservation specialist to join our successful online pesticide exam prep training & continuing education department. Online video training is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, with more individuals and businesses choosing courses that will fit their busy schedules. This is a significant opportunity for a talented pesticide safety instructor.

How it works:

  • You will write a course on a topic of your choosing.
  • We will review your materials and suggest any necessary changes.
  • Once course materials are finalized, you will come to our recording studio in Traverse City, Michigan for a one-day filming session.
  • You will receive a lump cash payment for your course material and presentation.

Certified Training Institute is a proven leader in online license and certification training. Our school has been providing trades-based training since 1999 and currently offers nationwide HD video courses for contractors, architects, real estate agents, plumbers, engineers and agricultural workers. All of our courses are created by industry leaders and tailored to the specific needs of the licensees. We produce pre-license and exam prep training that helps people begin their careers and continuing education on interesting and industry relevant topics. Now we are looking to expand our course catalog and we need YOU!

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please call 1 (800) 727-7104 and ask for Sarah R.

 

 

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What You Need to Know About the Chlorpyrifos Ban in California

What is chlorpyrifos?

Chlorpyrifos is an active ingredient in insecticides used primarily to treat agricultural food and feed crops. Chlorpyrifos is a “broad-spectrum, chlorinated organophosphate insecticide, acaricide and nematicide.”[1]  It was first registered for use in the United States in 1965. Chlorpyrifos was designated as a restricted material by the DPR in 2015 and has now been banned from use in California.[2]

Why has California banned chlorpyrifos?

Studies have shown connections between chlorpyrifos and developmental harm to infants which future studies show persisted into childhood. Other studies have shown contradictory results; however, the methodologies and conclusions were called into question. Three studies published in 2017 & 2018 have since shown that chlorpyrifos does in fact cause “decreased learning, hyperactivity and anxiety in rat pups.”[3] Upon careful consideration of the new studies, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation decided that the risks could not be mitigated, and moved to ban the product entirely.

Are there alternatives to chlorpyrifos?

CA DPR has established a workgroup to “develop short and long term action plans to identify and develop safer, more sustainable alternatives to chlorpyrifos. The work group will leverage the work of experts from across the globe to identify and develop pest management tools.”[4] Work is underway, and results can be expected in the spring of 2020.

When does the ban go into effect?

Registrations for products with chlorpyrifos as the active ingredient were made inactive on January 1, 2020. Distribution by California dealers ceased on February 6, 2020. However, possession and use does not have to cease until December 31, 2020.[5]

What are the conditions for use of chlorpyrifos through December 31, 2020?

Application limitations of chlorpyrifos include “a ban on aerial spraying, quarter-mile buffer zones and limiting use to crop-pest combinations that lack alternatives.”[6] The full description of interim permit conditions can be found here: https://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/chlorpyrifos/pdf/general_notice_append_o.pdf

What products are affected by this rule change?

The full list of affected products can be found in this CA DPR notice: https://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/chlorpyrifos/pdf/general_notice_append_o.pdf

If I still have affected products by December 31, 2020, what should I do with them?

“Do not throw unused pesticides in the trash. Check with your local solid waste management authority, environmental health department or county agricultural commissioner to find out whether your community has a household hazardous waste collection program.”[7]

Sources and Further Reading:

[1] http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/archive/chlorptech.html
[2] https://calepa.ca.gov/2019/10/09/press-release-agreement-reached-to-end-sale-of-chlorpyrifos-in-ca-by-feb-2020/
[3] https://theconversation.com/why-california-is-banning-chlorpyrifos-a-widely-used-pesticide-5-questions-answered-130115
[4] https://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/chlorpyrifos/faq.htm
[5] https://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/chlorpyrifos/pdf/general_notice_append_o.pdf
[6] https://calepa.ca.gov/2019/10/09/press-release-agreement-reached-to-end-sale-of-chlorpyrifos-in-ca-by-feb-2020/
[7] https://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/dept/factshts/storage.pdf

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Arizona Structural Applicators: License Renewal FAQs

Structural pesticide applicators in Arizona are required to renew their certification either annually or bi-annually by May 31st.  Here we will answer some frequently asked questions about Arizona applicator licensing, to help you make sure you are ready for your upcoming renewal!

Do I need continuing education to maintain my Arizona pesticide applicator's license?

Yes!

  • Certified applicators must complete 6-hours of CE per year.
  • Qualifying applicators must complete 12-hours of CE per year.

When is my Arizona pesticide applicator continuing education due?

Licensees must renew every year or two years by May 31st.

Who submits my Arizona pesticide applicator continuing education to the state?

Certified Training Institute submits Arizona courses on a weekly basis. All courses completed before 5/31 will be submitted on 5/31. Courses completed after 5/31 will be submitted on the next business day.

Are your courses state-approved?

Yes! All of our courses are approved by the Arizona Department of Agriculture, Office of Pest Management.

What happens if I'm late renewing my Arizona pesticide applicator license?

You will be charged an additional renewal fee.
Applicators - $37.50
Certified Qualified Applicators - $50.00

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Instructor Opportunity for Aquatic Weed Control Specialist

Certified Training Institute is looking for an aquatic weed control specialist to join our successful online pesticide exam prep training & continuing education department. Online video training is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, with more individuals and businesses choosing courses that will fit their busy schedules. This is a significant opportunity for a talented pesticide safety instructor.

How it works:

  • You will write a course on a topic of your choosing.
  • We will review your materials and suggest any necessary changes.
  • Once course materials are finalized, you will come to our recording studio in Traverse City, Michigan for a one-day filming session.
  • You will receive a lump cash payment for your course material and presentation.

Certified Training Institute is a proven leader in online license and certification training. Our school has been providing trades-based training since 1999 and currently offers nationwide HD video courses for contractors, architects, real estate agents, plumbers, engineers and agricultural workers. All of our courses are created by industry leaders and tailored to the specific needs of the licensees. We produce pre-license and exam prep training that helps people begin their careers and continuing education on interesting and industry relevant topics. Now we are looking to expand our course catalog and we need YOU!

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please call (800) 727-7104 and ask for Sarah R. or simply fill out the form and we will be in touch with you.

 

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