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Online option for pesticide safety certification


February 28, 2013
By Dave Harrison

Feb. 28, 2013, Ridgetown, Ont. – The program that has educated and
trained Ontario farmers and pesticide vendors in the responsible and
safe use of pesticides is going online.

Feb. 28, 2013, Ridgetown, Ont. – The program that has educated and trained Ontario farmers and pesticide vendors in the responsible and safe use of pesticides is going online.

In the past 25 years, the Ontario Pesticide Education Program has trained over 21,000 farmers, and over 1,100 pesticide vendors in best management practices for pesticide use.

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As well, the course has trained 273 Certified Farmers who now provide on-farm pesticide safety training to their assistants and employees. Over 220 courses are planned for this winter and over 3,000 farmers will either renew their certification or certify for the first time.

Program coordinator Susan Kelner says farmers are welcoming the online option, noting it makes the program more accessible.

• The program is overseen by a committee of industry and government experts and includes representatives from the ministries of Agriculture and Food, and the Environment, Farm & Food Care Ontario, Crop Life Canada, Ontario Agri Business Association, and the University of Guelph Ridgetown campus.

• Further support comes from industry sponsors: BASF and Dow AgroSciences as Platinum sponsors, N.M.Bartlett Inc, and Monsanto as Gold sponsors, FMC and Engage Agro as Silver sponsors, and Cheminova and Busy Bee Beekeeping Supplies as Bronze sponsors.
 
For a list of online or face-to-face courses available this season, visit www.opep.ca.


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