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Pesticide Safety Education Program

Pesticide Safety Education Program

The University of Illinois Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) is offering a Private Applicator pesticide training and testing clinic on Wednesday, January 8, at the Crowne Plaza in conjunction with our conference. Training starts at 8 a.m., with pre-registration check-in at 7:30 a.m. Private Applicator training is for those applying Restricted-use pesticides to produce agricultural commodity crops on land they own or control. Essentially, this training is geared toward any type of farmer, whether agronomic (corn and soybeans) or horticultural (fruits and vegetables).

Applicators will need to pass a 50-question exam and apply to the IL Dept. of Agriculture for a 3-year license. Testing will occur 15 minutes after the training finishes, at approximately 11:45 a.m. Space is limited and pre-registration is strongly encouraged, as walk-in space cannot be guaranteed. This training will be a separate registration process from the conference. Interested applicators can pre-register on-line after November 1 at You can also register by calling 800-644-2123. Registration fee is $30, which covers the training and a Private Applicator workbook. The Private Applicator Training manual may be purchased through the contact information provided above.

NOTE: Please note that this program is not included as part of the three-day conference registration. You will need to register by following the instructions above. This program does not include lunch. The conference is providing information on this program as a courtesy to U of I and also as a convenience for any of our specialty crop producers who might wish to participate in this program in conjunction with conference attendance.

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