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2024 DEC Special Permit Handler Training -- Orleans County




Event Details

Date

April 10, 2024

Time

English and Spanish: 8:00 am check-in, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location

CCE Orleans County
12690 Rt 31
Albion, NY 14411

Host

Lake Ontario Fruit Program and Cornell Vegetable Program

Christy Hoepting
585-721-6953


Event Registration



Special Permits (SP) will relieve the certified pesticide applicator from "on-site within voice contact" supervision of non-certified pesticide applicators when they are handling federally-restricted-use pesticides for which they hold a Special Permit. The 8 specific labels covered:

  • Endigo ZCX
  • Warrior II with Zeon Technology
  • Agri-Mek SC
  • Besiege
  • Leverage 360
  • Danitol 2.4EC
  • Mustang Maxx
  • Lannate LV
  • (no Gramoxone again this year and Lorsban is no longer registered)

All pesticide handlers need to complete the training and pass the exam!

This year, all pesticide handlers are required to complete the 3-hour in-person training and pass the exam given at the training (with 70% correct or higher). Certified Supervisors are required to attend the first 30 minutes of training. 

New York DEC notes that the Special Permit process is intended for farm workers with English language skills that are not adequate to pass the DEC private applicators exam. All others are encouraged to apply for their private applicators license via taking the certification exam. 

Workers in need of special permits vs general pesticide training will need to be identified. Workers requiring general pesticide training/Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Handler training who do not need Special Permits are welcome to take the class; they will not be tested and will receive a course participation certificate. 

English and Spanish sessions are offered concurrently in Orleans County:

  • English or Spanish session: 8:00 am check-in, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Cost

COST if pre-register by April 2, 2024: $30 per applicator/handler.
COST if pre-register April 3 - 5, 2023: $50 per applicator/handler. Registrations will not be accepted after April 5th.

Questions about registration? Contact Natalie Ricci at 585-798-4265 x26 or email Natalie

Register

REGISTER on the Lake Ontario Fruit Program's website.

Questions??

For more information about Special Permit Training, please contact Christy Hoepting or Janet Van Zoeren.



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JOB POSTING: Onion Crop Scout

Be a Vital Part of New York Onion Production!

We are looking for someone who appreciates agriculture to scout commercial onion fields in Oswego Co. and/or Wayne Co. for 13 weeks during the summer, maximum 19 hours/week, who would return to the seasonal position annually.

As an Onion Crop Scout for the Cornell Vegetable Program (CVP), you will independently scout 11 commercial onion fields collecting data on insect pests, diseases, weeds and crop stage/quality. Scouting data will be summarized into a preliminary report which is finalized by Cornell's Onion Specialist. Growers use the scouting reports to inform their spray decisions, which enables an integrated approach to pest management. Your hard work will ensure grower engagement, implementation of research-based recommendations, and early detection of emerging issues. It is the "beating heart" of CVP's onion program.

Pay: $18.50/hr. No benefits. Personal mileage will be reimbursed at the federal rate.

Key Qualifications & Skills:
  • High School diploma and 6 months experience in an agriculture setting, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position and have reliable transportation as well as have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver's license.
  • Visual concentration and attention to detail are required to detect pests and pest damage.
  • Able to work independently in collecting and summarizing data.
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Proven experience in communicating effectively, both written and oral.
  • Preferred: Experience working with plants, plant disease and other pest identification.
Training will include being accompanied by a veteran onion scout for the first season with the intention of scouting independently in the second year, and ideally for several more years after.

Flexible on start and end dates, day(s) of week you work, and whether Oswego or Wayne or both counties are scouted. Our priority is finding someone who will return to the position annually.

Read details about the Onion Crop Scout position.

To apply (resume and cover letter): http://tiny.cc/Onion_Scout_WDR_00043345