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Wayne, Holmes counties Extension offices to present pesticide recertification training

Private pesticide applicators with a license to purchase and apply restricted use pesticides are required to attend three hours of recertification training every three years to maintain their license. That training must include at least one hour of core and the remaining two hours can be category related. Core training includes topics such as safe handling of pesticides, sprayer technology and calibration, pesticide mixing and loading, pesticide mode of action, pesticide laws and regulations. Category training includes specific pesticide use and pest management related to a specific crop or situation. Current category numbers and assignments are: 1 (Grain and Cereal Crops); 2 (Forage Crops and Livestock); 3 (Fruit and Vegetable Crops); 4 (Nursery and Forest Crops); 5 (Greenhouse Crops); 6 (Fumigation) and 7 (Specialty uses)

OSU Extension Wayne County, and OSU Extension Holmes County will be providing recertification training on the following dates and locations:

Feb. 15, Fisher Auditorium, (North Exhibit Area) OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Please arrive at noon for registration so that the recertification training can begin promptly at 12:30. Training in Core and categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Register by Feb. 1 for Forage and Grasslands Council conference

The Ohio Forages and Grasslands Council annual meeting will be held Feb. 8 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture in Reynoldsburg. The program focuses on "Adapting to our Changing Climate," featuring Dr. Chris Teutsch, the Forage and Livestock Specialist at Virginia Tech's Southern Piedmont Research and Extension Center near Blackstone, Va. Teutsch has very practical advice on how to make pasture and forage systems more resilient to weather extremes, for example Teutsch will discuss management that will improve pasture production by more than 33 percent while also increasing drought tolerance of pastures through a stronger plant root system.

Details of the program and a registration form can be found at http://beef.osu.edu/Flyers/OFGC2013.pdf. Registration is requested by Feb. 1.

Tuscarawas Cattle Association to meet

The Tuscarawas County Cattle Association annual meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at Dutch Valley Restaurant, on Old State Route 39 east of Sugarcreek.

The past year's activities will be reviewed and five directors will be elected to serve the next two years. The 2013 dues are $10, and the dues must be paid to be eligible to vote for the directors.

A family-style roast beef and chicken dinner will be served. Cost is $ 12 for adults; reservation deadline is Thursday, Feb 7.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Jerry Prysi, president, at 330-364-5189; Fred Tuerler, vice president, at 330-364-5189, or Kevin Hinds at 740-498-6240, or any director.

Kriss Raber is secretary of the organization and Don Himes is treasurer. Other directors are Mark Lewis, Dean Prysi, Doyle Shoup, Justin Specht and Guy Zeigler.

Area residents are invited to join the group for an evening of fellowship, entertainment, door prizes and fun.

Tri-County Beekeepers to hold spring workshop

The Tri-County Beekeepers Association of Northern Ohio will hold its 35th annual Spring Beekeeping Workshop March 1-2 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster. Educational classes are geared for beginners to experienced beekeepers.

New features have been added to the workshop. A tour of the OSU Pollinatarium will highlight Friday evening's schedule. This facility offers information about various pollinators in nature. Special class sessions will be held 7-8 p.m. Topics are "Beyond the Hive" with Isaac and Jayne Barnes and "Beginning Beekeeping" presented by the Central Ohio Beekeepers Association.

Keynote speaker on Saturday will be Jennifer Berry, coordinator of Apicultural Research, University of Georgia. Topic is "Practical Natural Beekeeping."

Workshop sessions include Planting for Pollinators, Small Hive Beetle, Making Salves and Lotions using Hive Products, Beginner Beekeeping and Urban Beekeeping, Cooking with Honey, kids' classes and more.

This year there will be no walk-in registrations. For more information, visit TCBA's new website: www.TriCounty Beekeepers.org. Email at contactus@TriCountyBeekeepers.org.

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