If you haven’t caught on to the theme in recent days, there are many new elements to this year’s Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo, formerly the Indiana-Illinois Farm Show. Another new element to this year’s show is that Purdue Extension will be providing Certified Applicator Training on the last day of the Expo, Thursday, Dec. 13.
Boone County Extension Director Curt Emanuel said, “We have talked about doing this in the past and this spring when (HAT President) Gary Truitt reinvigorated the show after it was temporarily put on hold, I mentioned to him that we would be willing to put on a private pesticide applicator recertification program if he was interested. He kind of jumped at it.”
He told HAT that it just makes sense to hold this training where farmers and other ag leaders will already be assembled.
“This program is actually approved for three different types of credit: private applicator recertification, commercial certification hours, it’s approved for two of those for commercial applicators, and it is also approved for continuing education units for certified crop advisors.”
There will be three different speakers for this training program. Purdue agronomist Jason Ackerson will go over basics of soil testing and how to grid your field in what Emanuel says is a refresher course for those who haven’t gone over it in a while. John Scott will cover drone applications for the farm, which he will also be doing in the Demonstration Zone over the course of the Expo.
“Then Austin Pearson, Tipton County Ag Extension Educator, will be discussing how to use precision agriculture to comply with setback requirements that are present in the Indiana pesticide use law.”
The program fee is $10, but no worries! Indiana Pork is sponsoring free lunch for Expo attendees that same day, Thursday, Dec. 13. You can see the full lineup of seminars and demonstrations at this link. You can also save yourself some time at the door and preregister for the free event now by visiting this link.