EPA Mandated Pesticide Training Course Slated for May 23 Locally

May 10, 2018

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revised pesticide labels for three dicamba products — including Engenia, FeXapan, and XtendiMax — approved for use on dicamba-tolerant cotton varieties last fall.  

One of these label changes included a mandate that anyone making applications of one of these dicamba products must receive auxin-specific training prior to applying them.  

This requirement not only applies to licensed applicators, but also includes anyone who is involved with the handling, mixing, and application of these products.

Because of the training requirements, the Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service in Gaines County will conduct this Texas Department of Agriculture approved auxin-specific herbicide training on May 23, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.  in Spanish language translation, and at 3 p.m. in English at the Gaines County Extension Office located in the Gaines County Courthouse, 101 S. Main, Room 108.  

Registration is at 1:15 p.m. for the Spanish training and at 2:45 p.m. for the English training. No late entries will be accepted.  

Seating is limited, so those interested in participating in the training are required to RSVP to the Gaines County Extension Office at (432) 758-4006 or by replying to this e-mail as to which training and number of attendees.

The training, which was developed by Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service and allied industries, has been reciprocal approved by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry, and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, and will allow producers in multiple states to attend one of these trainings to satisfy the regulatory requirements. 

One unique part of this training is that unlicensed applicators attending the training must provide their employer’s or supervisor’s pesticide applicator license number before attending and receiving credit for the training.

Applicators in need of training can visit https://amarillo.tamu.edu/event/auxin-training/  for a list of upcoming training opportunities. Each program will be one hour and provide one TDA laws and regulations continuing education unit.

Educational programs of the Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age or national origin.  The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.

Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid, service or accommodations in order to participate in an Extension sponsored activity are encouraged to contact the Gaines County Extension Office no later than May 15 at (432) 758-4006.

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