This blog is for Polk County Florida small farms and pesticide applicators as a method of communication and sharing information. This blog is administered by the University of Florida IFAS Extension Polk County Extension Agent, Mary Beth Henry.
Monday, March 23, 2015
April Pesticide Exams March 30 instead and important changes in program
Late March 2015
Hello out there!
It's been a while since you've heard from me. See some updates on changes in the pesticide training program and upcoming events below.
Noticed a delay in scheduling of pesticide applicator training?
If so, here's why: I've had a change in my position to include a greater role in statewide small farms programming! I have taken on the role for co-leader for Small Farms Extension programing statewide, previously filled by Bob Hochmuth in Live Oak. I am super excited about the opportunity and look forward to developing the program!
How will this affect pesticide training in Polk?
In order to allot more time to my new role, some of the services and programs for pesticide applicators will be reduced or lead by other Extension team members.
Change 1) Exams and CEU videos will no longer be offered by appointment. These services will continue to be offered the first working Monday of the month.
Please note that April exams have been moved to March 30 (next Monday) due to a huge program we do for youth agricultural awareness called Agrifest.
Change 2) Some regular programs will be reduced or transferred to others. Limited and GIBMP programs will be reduced to two per year each. Leadership of GIBMP and CEU days will be provided by others in our office. I expect the next dates for these to fall in June but check the calendar page for dates as they develop. I will continue to lead the Limited program and the next one has been scheduled for May 13 (see below).
Change 3) Look for changes in how pesticide licensing phone calls are handled. We are looking to develop a recorded message system to provide information on licenses, exam process and required CEUs etc. This information is always available online at http://polksmallfarms.com
Don't miss the beekeeping seminar coming up May 2.
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