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Master gardener training set for 2009

There is still time to sign up for the Master Gardener Core Course Training in Perham or Moorhead.

In Moorhead, the training will be held on Thursdays and Saturdays, beginning on Jan. 31 and ending on Feb. 26.The training site will be at the University of Minnesota Clay County office, with a registration deadline of Jan. 17.

In Perham, the core course classroom instruction will be held on Fridays and Saturdays, beginning on Feb. 21 and ending on March 20. The training site will be Mulligan's-Perham Lakeside Golf Club in Perham, with a registration deadline of Feb. 7, 2009.

The horticulture training consists of 48 hours of in-classroom training taught by University of Minnesota staff. Another option is to take the training online. Cost is $200 for the classroom training and $250 for the online training. For more information or to receive an application, call your County Extension Office. More information can also be found online at www.mg.umn.edu. If you have questions you can contact: Randy Nelson, Clay County Extension, at urswn001@umn.edu, or by phone at 218-299-5020; Vince Crary, Ottertail County Extension at crary002@umn.edu, or by phone at 218-385-5420; Linda Perrine, Becker County Extension, at perri015@umn.edu or by phone at 218-846-7328: or Will Yliniemi, Hubbard County Extension, at ylini003@umn.edu or by phone, 218-732-3391.

Irrigation clinic in New York Mills Jan. 29

The Central Minnesota Irrigator's Corporation (CMIC) will hold its annual Irrigation Clinic on Thursday, Jan. 29, at the VFW in New York Mills, which is located on the north side of Highway 10 in New York Mills. This year's clinic will feature two presentations: 'A Whole New World (The Economy Breakdown, Farm Bill, Input Buying and Market Update)' by Joe Burgard, Marketing Specialist with AgCountry Farm Credit Services; and 'A Review of the Bio-Fuels Industry in MN (Gasification, Biomass, Residues and Crops needed for Bio-fuels)' by Bob Schafer, director, Central Lakes Ag Center in Staples.

Additional topics related to irrigation agriculture, and informational resources and packets will also be presented during the day.

The Irrigation Clinic will start at 8:30 a.m. with registration, and the program will begin at 9:20 a.m. and conclude by 1:30 p.m., followed by the CMIC Annual Meeting. New members are welcome to join the CMIC at the clinic. Exhibitors will have booths for your viewing. A noon lunch will be served. Door prizes and coffee, cookies will be available during the program.

For more information please contact Vince Crary at the Ottertail County Extension Office (1-218-385-5420) in New York Mills or Will Yliniemi, Extension Educator and CMIC Educational Advisor at the Hubbard (218-732-3391) or Becker (218-846-7328) County Extension Offices; by cell phone at 1-218-252-1042; or by e-mail at ylini003@umn.edu.

Private pesticide applicator workshops

Farmers who will have their pesticide applicators certification card expiring on March 1 can be recertified for three years by attending a recertification workshop instead of retaking the test.

Recertification by retesting is also still an option, as in the past, and no changes have been made.

Farmers who are not currently certified (i.e., not certified through March 1), must take the test to become certified. The cost to recertify, either by attending a recertification workshop or testing, is $50. Payment is by check only and must be made payable to the University of Minnesota.

Registration for these pesticide recertification workshops will be taken at the door, and no pre-registration is required. Farmers must have two forms of identification to attend a workshop, one being a government issued photo ID (i.e., driver's license), the second a current Applicators Certification Card (preferred) or other form of ID such as library card or utility bill.

Persons who do not have their Applicators Card may obtain their applicators number (needed for registration) online at the MDA website (www.mda.state.mn.us) or by contacting MDA via phone at 651-201-6633. Attending a recertification workshop renews your license for three years

Workshop topics include: Pesticide Laws, Regulations & Record Keeping; Applicator Health Concerns and Safety; Pesticide Label Comprehension; Application Equipment; Pest Management Updates for multiple crop issues.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture requires applicators to attend the entire workshop to receive recertification credit. Applicators that arrive more than 15 minutes late to a workshop or leave early will not be allowed to receive recertification credit.

Workshops will be held at the Hawley Community Center, 418 Main St., Hawley, on Monday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and Minnesota State Community & Technical College, 900 Highway 34 East, Detroit Lakes, on Friday, Jan. 30 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

If producers cannot make it to these training workshops, there are two more area training location sites: New York Mills and Fergus Falls. For information on those sites, please contact Vince Crary at the Ottertail County Extension Office in New York Mills, 1-218-385-5420. For additional information about the pesticide applicator recertification process and workshops, please contact Phillip Glogoza, University of Minnesota Regional Office in Moorhead, 218-236-2008 or 888-241-4527. For information on the Detroit Lakes workshop please contact Will Yliniemi, Extension educator, at the Hubbard County (218-732-3391) or Becker County (218-846-7328) Extension Offices; by cell phone at 1-218-252-1042; or by e-mail at ylini003@umn.edu.

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