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Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 6:34 am, Sun Jan 20, 2013.

Course offered for pesticide applicators

Dubuque County will offer a Commercial Ag Weed, Insect and Plant Disease Management Continuing Instructional Course for commercial pesticide applicators Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Iowa State University Extension office, 4858 West Ridge Lane, on U.S. 20 west of Dubuque.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the course runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The registration fee is $35 on or before Feb. 6 and $45 after. To register or to obtain additional information about the course, call Trish Driscoll at the Dubuque office, 563-583-6496.

The course will provide continuing instructional credit for commercial pesticide applicators certified in categories 1A, 1B, 1C and 10. Topics to be covered include pesticide handling; personal protective equipment; pests, pest management and pesticides; and pesticide stewardship.

The program will be shown at locations across Iowa.

Candidates sought for Wisconsin panel

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin's Organic Advisory Council seeks candidates for four seats on the panel.

The 12-member council meets quarterly to guide the development of organic education and marketing opportunities for Wisconsin farms and businesses as well as provide input on state and federal policy that affects organic agriculture.

The four open seats on the council are for an organic farmer, an organic business, a consumer representative and an "at-large" seat. Members serve a three-year term and are eligible to serve more than one term.

Interested individuals should complete the two-page application form and provide two letters of support. Materials must be received at the state Department of Agriculture by March 8. Applications may be mailed, emailed or faxed to Laura Paine.

The application is available online at http://datcp.wi.gov/Farms/Organic_Farming/Advisory_Council. Paper or electronic copies

also are available from Paine at 608-224-5120 or laura.paine@wi.gov.

FarmTek to host Agriculture School

DYERSVILLE, Iowa -- FarmTek is hosting its first Controlled Environment Agriculture School on March 19 to 21 in Dyersville.

The purpose of the sessions is to educate growers of any background about the variety of controlled environment agriculture opportunities. The hydroponics portion of the event will discuss production factors, troubleshooting, disease control and marketing produce.

The introduction to aquaponics will go over the basics of fish farming, the connection between hydroponic vegetable production and fish farming and how to construct aquaponics systems to produce at a variety of levels.

The school costs $995, which includes three nights of lodging and lunch each day. Registration is open, and attendance is limited to 24 people. There will be another school, Sept. 17 to 19. To register, contact Kim March at 800-327-6835, ext. 700.

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