The Wisconsin Custom Operators will host commercial pesticide applicator training and testing Feb. 18 in conjunction with the Forage Symposium at Chula Vista resort in Wisconsin Dells. Many custom operators are required to have a commercial pesticide applicator’s license to handle products like nitrogen stabilizers and forage and silage inoculants. Owners, crew leaders and employees from the custom farming industry are encouraged to attend.

The commercial pesticide applicator training also qualifies as continuing education towards the WCO Safety Certification program, now in its fifth year.

The training will be instructed by staff from the UW Department of Agronomy and the exam will be proctored by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. A field and vegetable training will be offered, which is the same as the open training sessions that are offered throughout the state. This certification category is broad yet is what individuals who treat manure or apply inoculants are required to have.

To register for the WCO commercial pesticide applicator training and the Forage Symposium, go to wiscustomoperators.org. The fee to attend includes the price of a manual, a resource that must be purchased ahead of time and brought to the session. WCO members will have their registration fee refunded at the training as a member benefit. Lunch will be provided.

WCO is an organization of individuals throughout the state who derive their income in whole or part from providing custom farming services. To learn more about the Wisconsin Custom Operators, including membership and event registration, go to wiscustomoperators.org or email info@wiscustomoperators.org.