New Pesticide Virtual Course Offered

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SOUTHERN TIER — Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program (SWNYDLFC) is offering a virtual training opportunity for agricultural producers to learn safely using pesticides on farms.

The CORE Pesticide Training is from 9 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. will take place on Tuesday, July 14th from 9am – 10:50am, with a repeated presentation scheduled for Tuesday, July 21st from 6pm – 7:50pm. The cost to register for the training is $20/person, and registration is available by visiting

Topics to be covered during the training include: pesticide application certification; state laws and regulations; safety precautions; understanding pesticide labels, formulations, and mixing; selecting and calibrating equipment; record keeping; storage and disposal; and more! The course instructor will be Josh Putman, Field Crops Specialist with SWNYDLFC, and the event will include an interactive question and answer session.

1.75 pesticide credits in the CORE category have been approved for this event, and a confirmation email will be sent to participants prior to the training with information for accessing the virtual classroom. Those looking to receive recertification credits will need to have audio and video capabilities by using a computer, tablet, or smart phone, and their applicator license on hand. Producers should select the time that best fits their schedules and register by visiting or calling Joshua Putman, 716-490-5572.

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program specialists are here to help provide research-based resources and support during this challenging time. Their team of four specialists includes Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Farm Business Management (716-640-0522 or; Joshua Putman, Field Crops (716-490-5572 or; Alycia Drwencke, Dairy Management (517-416-0386 or; and Amy Barkley, Livestock Management (716-640-0844 or While specialists are working remotely at this time, they are still offering consultations via phone, text, email, videoconferencing, and mail. They are also providing weekly updates with timely resources and connections via email and hardcopy and virtual programming. For more information, or to be added to their notification list, contact Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Team Leader, at 716-640-0522, or visit their website

The Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program is the newest Cornell Cooperative Extension regional program and covers Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Steuben Counties. The Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops regional specialists work with Cornell faculty and Extension educators to address the issues that influence the agricultural industry in New York by offering educational programming and research based information to agricultural producers, growers, and agribusinesses in the Southwestern New York Region. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.


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