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2024 Private Applicator Trainings

Author: John Tucker

Planning Unit: Hickman County CES

Major Program: Chemical Management

Plan of Work: Creating agricultural knowledge and improving agricultural and environmental practices in Hickman County

Outcome: Initial Outcome

Hickman County has over 82,000 acres of soybeans and corn generating approximately 66 million dollars in grain products each year (2022 Census of Agriculture).  According to the United States Department of Agriculture 2022 Ag Census, 21% of farms hire farm labor in Hickman County.  

This year Hickman County ANR agent provided three additional private pesticide applicator trainings later in the Spring in order to help 12 farm H2A workers (male =11 and female = 1) from South Africa, Brazil, and Mexico get their Kentucky Private Pesticide Applicator cards.  These training courses were 3-hours each and covered topics like herbicide drift, tank mixing, personal safety, reducing exposure, record keeping, and much more.    

Because of these special trainings, these farm workers are able to use restricted use pesticides for purposes of producing any agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by him(her) or an employer (UK Dept of Entomology).  






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