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Fall 2015 Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training Continuing Instruction Course Registration Forms Now Available

The FCET BICHI Extension and Outreach Pestide Safety Education Program has posted the registration forms for the fall commercial pesticide applicator continuing instruction courses for 2015. These will be offered at county extension offices across Iowa. Visit the Commercial Applicator Training page for the registration forms and for more information about each program.

Iowa DNR Changes Environmental Emergency Telephone Number

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has changed its 24/7 Environmental Emergency telephone number. Spills can happen any time, so having the correct number -- in your emergency action plan, on-site records and your cell phone -- can help ease worry and stress during unwanted events. The new number is (515) 725-8694 and should be used to report manure, fertilizer or chemical spills, as well as fish kills and other environmental emergencies. The IDNR Environmental Reporting Hotline Guide is available online.


2015 Aerial Applicator Recertification Course is Now Available

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program would like to announce that the 2015 Aerial Applicator Continuing Instructional Course is now available for viewing. Previously the course was not available until late fall. The program will be offered at county extension offices across Iowa. Contact your county extension office for more information.

Using Restricted Use Pesticides in Indian Country

If you apply Restricted Use Pesticides in Indian country, you are required to have a federal certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, unless the tribe has another EPA-approved certification plan in place applicable to that area of Indian country. Indian country includes any land located within a reservation regardless of who owns the land. Please see the EPA’s website to learn more about the program and applicable requirements. If you have any questions, contact the EPA staff listed on their informational flyer for Region 7.

Emerald Ash Borer Management Options Recently Revised

A newly revised, 4-page “Emerald Ash Borer Management Options" PM 2084; is now available from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. It is available only as PDF. This revision incorporates the most recent research findings into the recommendations, shows which life stages are affected by systemic insecticides, adds two new professional products, and highlights proper use to protect our pollinators. Recent research shows protection of ash trees is realistic when registered products are properly applied to healthy ash trees.  Ash trees within 15 miles of a confirmed EAB infestation are at risk of attack.  EAB has been found in 19 counties in Iowa as of January 2015. 

Proper Pesticide Application for Homeowners and Small Acreage Owners

The video below from The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance provides introductory information to homeowners and small acreage owners on how to apply lawn care products safely and keep them on the intended application site away from sensitive areas. With the expansion of sensitive areas in and around small acreage lots, this is an important area of focus for pesticide applicators.  Point-of-purchase displays will also be appearing on shelves in stores selling pesticides to homeowners and small acreage owners.
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