Private and Core Pesticide Exam Training Course

My colleague and I will be putting on a study session for the Private Applicator License Exam.  You can sign up via Eventbrite by clicking HERE.  This is a way to review material if you need CEUs for your Private Applicator License (Core and Private applicator CEUs)

Here is the information.

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Private Applicator Training
Shawn Steed, Extension Agent II, UF/IFAS Polk and Hillsborough County Extension

9-9:20 Participants will receive a brief overview of pesticide licensing for private applicators including testing and renewal requirements to comply with Florida law regarding restricted use applications.

9:20- 10:00 Participants will learn the importance of pest identification, insect features and life cycles, the objectives and categories of available pest control measures (including host resistance, sanitation, biological, cultural mechanical, and chemical), and an overview of plant pathogens.

10-11 Participants will review weed classification and control measures. Participants will learn considerations when using soil fumigants such as soil conditions, application depth and dosage. Requirements to comply with Worker Protection Standard for workers and handlers will be covered including: notification and training, protection, mitigation and emergency assistance.

11-12 Participants will briefly review features of application equipment and finish with calibration calculations required to properly apply pesticides. Converting between feet and acres, finding percent solution, calculating gallons per acre and miles per hour, and the square footage of treatment area will be covered.

12-1 Break for lunch (lunch not provided)

1 p.m.- Private Applicator Exam will be administered concurrent to Core training

1-3 p.m. Core Exam Prep, Mary Beth Henry, Extension Agent II, UF/IFAS Polk County Extension

1-2 Participants will learn about the federal and state laws pertaining to pesticide applicators. Participants will learn how to find and use the information found on a pesticide label including information concerning personal protective equipment, environmental hazards, and storage and disposal information.

2-3 Participants will review safety practices to use when applying pesticides. Participants will learn important application considerations, such as when and how to use pesticides, to protect people and the environment. Participants will learn the principles of integrated pest management and pest control to make informed decisions regarding use of pest control measures and pesticides.

3:00-Core exam will be administered

About the license, materials, and more:
The Florida Private Applicator License is available only to private individuals applying pesticides to their own property or to property rented, leased to them or to their employer.

The Florida Private Applicator Certification Exam requires a passing grade (70%) on the Private Applicator Exam and a passing grade (70%) on the General Standards (CORE) Exam. This certification must be renewed every 4 years either by testing or with 8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 4 CEUs in each appropriate category: 4 CEUs in the CORE category and 4 CEUs in the Private Applicator category.

This session will give an overview of information covered by the exam and will pay particular attention to calculations necessary for proper application. Participants should expect to learn necessary information on their own by spending time with the study materials below and plan to use this exam prep to help pull the information together and focus the knowledge gained through independent study.

Note: in order to obtain the private applicator license both the Private Applicator and General Standards or Core exam must be passed.

CEUS for Renewal
CEUs will be applied for and will be posted when approved.

Lunch and Taking the Exam
Exams will be offered after a lunch break following the training. Lunch will not be provided and there are limited restaurants in the vicinity. Participants are advised to bring their lunch.

Participants may take either the Private or Core exam or both. Participants must bring a valid driver’s license in order to take an exam. Participants have up to three hours per exam.

There is no charge to take either of these exams. A fee will be required to obtain a license after passing- scoring at least 70% on both exams. The fee is $100. If the applicator already has a restricted use pesticide applicator license, there is not a charge to add a category. It takes about a month to get your score back through the mail. Scores may also be checked online at http://app1.flaes.org/ceu/.

Study Material
These study manuals are available from the IFAS Bookstore in Gainesville, either by ordering online or by calling 1-800-226-1764. Credit card orders should arrive in 4-5 days.
Applying Pesticides Correctly: A Guide for Pesticide Applicators (CORE) (SM-1). $20.00. Also called the "CORE Manual".
Private Applicator Pest Control Training Manual (SM-53). $10.00.


SWFWMD Opportunities for Growers

Here are some opportunities from SWFWMD to fund projects that will reduce water.  These are great projects that will help to deliver water and nutrients in an effiecient and effective manner to help you save your natural and monetary resources.

Available for all Counties within the Southwest Florida Water Management District
75% Reimbursement up to a Maximum of $5,000
Items Eligible for Cost Share
Soil Moisture Probes/Tensiometers
Soil/Tissue Testing to Determine Fertilizer Recommendations
Water Table Observation Wells
Weather Station w/ET measurement
Data Logger/Telemetry Unit/Power Sources/Software
Culverts w/Riser Board Structures
EC/Salinity Measuring Devices or Equivalent Technologies
Surface Water Irrigation Pumps, Controls, Filtration, Infrastructure
Groundwater Irrigation Controls, Filtration, Infrastructure
Totalizing Flow Meters for Systems Not Required to Meter by WMD
Closed-Pipeline Water Delivery/Tailwater Recovery
Water Quality Test Kit
Petiole Sap Test
Soil pH Testing Kit
Permanent Fertigation Facility
Wetland Exclusion Fencing/Temporary Fencing for Denuded Areas
Other Approved Water Quality Improvement Projects
Other Approved Water Conservation Projects

Also there is funding for weather stations.  Some restrictions apply...
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has established a cost-share program to help producers enrolled in FDACS BMPs purchase on-site weather stations and temperature sensors. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Producers who own operations with less than 300 acres of production land may apply for one station and up to five temperature sensors for each operation. Producers who own larger operations may apply for one station and up to five temperature sensors for each 300 acres of production land on the operation(s). FDACS will provide 75 percent of the cost up to a $25,000 maximum per producer, with a $5,000 cap per station/sensors set.
The stations will be installed by a company that agrees to meet the approved specifications, at the on-site location(s) the farmer designates.  These weather stations will collect real-time information throughout the year on rainfall, air temperature, relative humidity, dew point, wind speed, and wind direction. The information will be accessible to producers on their smartphones and computers, through a University of Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) website. 
Why purchase a weather station?  The use of weather stations helps producers:

• Better determine when to delay irrigation after rainfall and when to irrigate during frost/freeze events, which can reduce water use and save costs on pump operation.

• Better determine when to use fungicide or pesticide sprays or foliar fertilizer applications, which can avoid waste and save related costs.

• Enhance the potential for reducing the pumping of surface and ground water and the runoff and leaching of fertilizers and other farm chemicals into water resources.

For more information on these cost-share programs, and assistance with applying, please contact:
FDACS Jessica Stempien (813) 985-7481