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Commercial Applicator Recertification Classes Start in January





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
NEWS RELEASE

 


For Immediate Release: December 8, 2016
Media Contact: Jody Heemstra 605.773.4073


***This release contains a link to audio***


Commercial Applicator Recertification Classes Start in January

 

PIERRE, S.D.- Recertification classes for commercial pesticide applicators start next month in South Dakota.


The recertification training involves reviewing safety procedures, application rules and guidelines and information about new products and techniques. Commercial applicators must recertify every other year.


South Dakota Department of Agriculture ag program specialist Valerie Mitchell says, “First time commercial applicators and those adding a category to their certification must first take a proctored exam at one of the local SDSU Extension offices in the state. This year we have finished providing most of these testing sites with computers, resulting in faster results and less paperwork than prior paper testing.” (***Download Mitchell audio here***)


A list of commercial recertification dates and locations can be found in the “Happening Now” section on the SDDA website homepage, http://sdda.sd.gov. Registration for the recertification classes as well as license renewal can also be completed online through the SDDA website.


Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter.


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