A Texas private pesticide applicator training and testing program will be conducted March 26 at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office for Bailey County in Muleshoe.

The office is located at 118 West Ave. C. The training will begin at 8:30 a.m. and testing should conclude by 2:00 p.m. An abbreviated lunch break will be taken between the training and testing sessions according to Monti Vandiver, AgriLife Extension Integrated Pest Management Agent for Bailey and Parmer counties.

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Texas A&M Extension will provide the training and Texas Department of Agriculture will administer the test. Registration is $60 at the door and includes a Private Applicator Manual, a current TDA Laws & Regulations Manual, and lunch. Attendees are encouraged to bring a calculator for use during testing.

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A private pesticide applicator license is required if someone uses or supervises the use of restricted-use or state-limited-use pesticides or regulated herbicides to produce an agricultural crop on personally owned property, rented property, property owned by his or her employer, property under his or her general control, or the property of another person if applied without compensation, other than the trading of personal services between producers of agricultural commodities.

Individuals who want a Texas private applicator license must attend a private applicator training program offered by AgriLife Extension, pass the Texas Department of Agriculture private applicator exam, and purchase a license.

For more information or to obtain study materials early call AgriLife Extension at 806-272-4584.

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