By Jason Davis, Ples Spradley, Tommy Butts, Tom Barber, and Susie Nichols
It has become increasingly difficult and frustrating to keep up with the required trainings that applicators are expected to maintain. In an attempt to simplify answering these questions, we have developed the list of trainings below. The following is a list of trainings that applicators may need to handle, mix, load, and/or apply certain products in 2020. Read the descriptions carefully to see which trainings apply to you or workers under your supervision.
Online Recertification for Private Applicator Restricted Use Pesticides License
This training is only for re-certification of private applicators, meaning you must have already held a private applicator license in the last five years. If you have never had a private applicator license or it has been over 5 years since you had one, you must contact a County Extension Office. They can provide the initial certification training required for first-timers or those that have let their license lapse more than 5 years.
Online Workers Protection Standard Training
EPA mandated annual training for employees that are considered pesticide handlers- those who mix, load or apply agricultural pesticides; clean or repair pesticide application equipment; or assist with the application of pesticides. This 40 minute video produced by Iowa State University can be downloaded or streamed by agricultural employers to train their own employees.
2020 Paraquat Online Training
Per EPA, any person who intends to use paraquat must be a certified applicator and is required to take the training. “Use” includes pre-application activities involving mixing and loading the pesticide; applying the pesticide; and other pesticide-related activities, including, but not limited to, transporting or storing opened pesticide containers, cleaning equipment, and disposing of excess pesticides, spray mix, equipment wash waters, pesticide containers, and other paraquat-containing materials.
2020 Arkansas Online Training for Enlist One and Enlist Duo Herbicides
Any applicator planning to apply Enlist formulations to labeled crops will need to complete the revised online Enlist training for 2020. Even if they have held this certificate in prior seasons, annual renewal is required by the Arkansas Agriculture Department.
2020 Arkansas Online Training for Non-Crop Applications of Dicamba
This training is required for all Arkansas commercial, non-commercial, private, and commercial applicator technicians applying dicamba to non-dicamba crops, pasture and rangeland, or for burn-down use. This training is required annually.
2020 In-Crop Use of New Dicamba Formulations In-Person Training Dates
Anyone wanting to apply new Dicamba formulations (Engenia, Fexapan, Tavium, or Xtendimax) before May 26th & in-crop must attend an in-person company training. Applicators can attend any company dicamba training regardless of which new formulation they intend on applying. Applicators should check the following company websites to find an ARKANSAS training date to meet this requirement. This training is required annually.
• Corteva Dates
• BASF Dates
• Bayer Dates
• Syngenta Dates