The term “pesticide” can be defined as anything that kills or controls a pest. In this context, the term “pest” can be defined as anything that negatively impacts ourselves, our plants, our animals or our structures.
Insects, weeds, diseases and rodents can become pests.
Agricultural pesticides are regulated by both federal and state laws. The labeling that is included with each product provides information about the proper use of that product. A pesticide label carries the force of law, and the purchaser is responsible for following those label instructions.
General use pesticides can be purchased and used by pretty much anyone.
Restricted use pesticides are products that, because of potential risk to either the applicator or the environment, are to be used only by specially trained and licensed applicators.
Commercial pesticide applicators, those who are paid to apply pesticides for others, must be trained and tested by representatives from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Private pesticide applicators, individual farmers, can be certified through their Cooperative Extension Office to purchase and apply restricted use pesticide products for their own crops and livestock.
Training sessions are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Clark County Extension Office. Completion of either of these three-hour classes will enable a farmer to become certified as a private pesticide applicator.
For more information, please contact the Clark County Cooperative Extension Service at 744-4682.