Private Pesticide Applicator Training

Persons who wish to obtain or renew a private pesticide applicator license are encouraged to attend one of two upcoming training sessions. Training will be held Thursday, February 12, at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of Memorial Auditorium at 500 East Locust in Union. Those participating in the training are required to purchase or bring their copy of the Private Pesticide Applicator Manual.  Participants from the same farm may share a manual.  There is a $12 charge for the manual to be purchased at the meeting or at the University of Missouri Extension Center at 116 West Main in Union.  Cash or checks will be accepted.  Please arrive 20-30 minutes early if you plan to purchase the manual at the meeting. Private pesticide applicator licenses are required for farmers to purchase and apply restricted use pesticides.  Training to obtain a license is through University of Missouri Extension and covers pesticide safety, laws and labeling. The training is the same whether a person is applying for a new license or renewing their current license.  The Missouri Department of Agriculture issues the licenses which expire in five years.  To obtain a license a person must be at least 18 years of age and a producer of agricultural commodities. To register, please call the University of Missouri Extension Center at (636) 583-5141.

Soybean Meeting to Addresses Cover Crops and Diseases

Meeting is Tuesday, February 17, at Hagies 19 located at 618 North Washington Avenue in Union.  A farm bill decision tool training will begin at 5:30 p.m.  This training will help farmers understand how to get started entering information to make decisions about farm programs.  Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the program should start at about 7:15. Speakers for the meeting include Bill Wiebold, University of Missouri Extension soybean specialist, who will discuss cover crops to improve soybean yields and protect soil.  Laura Sweets, University of Missouri Extension plant pathologist, will speak on the topic of soybean diseases including sudden death syndrome.  A representative with the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council will present information on recent developments in adding value to soybean. This meeting is sponsored jointly, by Franklin County University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Soybean Association.  Please call 636-583-5141 to register for the meeting by Friday, February 13.

Dairy Profit Seminars set for Feb. 24-28

Dairy farmers will hear moneymaking tips at a series of one-day meetings across Missouri, Feb. 24-28. Topics include cow comfort, bovine health and heifer feeding, says Joe Horner, University of Missouri Extension dairy economist. Programs start with “Finding the Next Five Pounds of Milk” by Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois dairy nutritionist and contributor to Hoard’s Dairyman magazine.Joe Zulovich, MU Extension engineer will cover “Cow Comfort and Cooling.” Dave Drennan, MDA director, will give an update on the association and recognize sponsors. Joe Horner, MU Extension dairy economist, will talk on “Insuring Against Drought.” Scott Poock, MU Extension veterinarian, will cover health care, new and old. Hutjens returns to wrap up the seminar with economics of heifer feeding.

Missouri Dairy Profit Seminars are organized by the Missouri Dairy Association (MDA) and MU Extension. The $20 registration fee is payable on arrival at 9:30 a.m. Program ends at 3:30 p.m. to fit milkers’ schedules. To assure a lunch, make reservations by Feb. 24 with local extension contact listed below.

Dates, locations and reservation contacts:

  • Feb. 24, Sedalia, Mo., Pork Palace, Missouri State Fairgrounds. Pettis County Extension Center, 660-827-0591.

  • Feb. 25, Springfield (Mo.) Livestock Marketing Center off I-44. Tony Rickard, 417-847-3161.

  • Feb. 26, Mountain Grove, Mo., Missouri State University Fruit Experiment Station. Ted Probert, 417-741-6134.

  • Feb. 27, Jackson, Mo., Cape Girardeau County Extension Center, 684 W. Jackson Trail, 573-243-3581.

  • Feb. 28, Union, Mo., Hagie’s Nineteen restaurant, 618 N. Washington Ave. Ken Bolte, 636-583-5141.


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