Farm safety event, private applicator training scheduled March 21

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 12:07 p.m.

It does not get much better than hearing Fred Whitford, the lively coordinator of Purdue’s pesticide program, sharing his thoughts. You never know what will happen, but you are sure to smile and learn! Fred will be visiting Elkhart County on Friday, March 21, to help with a farm safety day. The program will be at Weaver Ag, 905 Nelson Parkway, on the south side of Wakarusa.

Fred will be doing two sessions for the program. At 9:30 a.m. Fred will speak about extracting stuck equipment and keeping a trailer hooked. At 1 p.m. Fred will talk about accurate measurement of pesticides and the use of adjuvants.

Farmers who hold a PARP license (pesticides and category 14 manure application license) will be able to get credit for their license by attending one or both of these programs.

There is no cost to hear Fred talk, but if you would like PARP credit you need to pay the $10 PARP fee, or $20 if you want two credits. License holders are required to attend three PARP classes over a five-year period, with a maximum of two classes in any given year. If you are not certain what your PARP status is, you can check at State Chemist website, or contact us at the Purdue Extension Office.

Many thanks to the Farm Bureau Inc. organizations of Elkhart, Marshall and St. Joseph counties for helping to sponsor this event, and to Weaver Ag for being our host.

Please call Nancy Borkholder or Jeff Burbrink at the Purdue Extension – Elkhart County office by March 17 to help us with the lunch count. The phone number is 574-533-0554.

If you cannot attend this program and are looking for other PARP meetings in the area, visit the Purdue Pesticide Programs website or call the Extension Office for more information.

Jeff Burbrink is an Extension educator in agriculture and natural resources. Write to him at 17746 E. C.R. 34, Goshen, IN 46528; call 533-0554; or fax 533-0254.

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