Wild Blueberry Newsletter, December 2016

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December 2016

76th Annual Agricultural Trade Show

Pesticide Applicator Exam Training

The Maine Board of Pesticides Control will offer training at the Agricultural Trade Show, Augusta Civic Center, on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The training will cover only material covered in the core exam, which is required for either an Agricultural Basic or a Private Applicator License. The Private Applicator License also requires passing a commodity exam. Examinees should study the Core Manual before attending this training. Manuals are available from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

In the afternoon, there will be an opportunity to take both core and commodity exams. Exams will be held from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by filling out the online form or by calling 207.287.2731.  For more information on BPC licensing, visit the Board of Pesticides Control Licensing and Certification page (Maine.gov Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry website).

For more information, visit the Board of Pesticides Control page (Maine.gov Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry website).

Pesticide Credit Talks

There will be Pesticide Applicator Recertification sessions on Thursday, January 12, 2017, in the Kennebec/Penobscot Room at the Civic Center in Augusta, Maine.  The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Board of Pesticides Control will present three hours of training sessions. Licensed pesticide applicators and dealers may attend sessions to earn credits towards recertification. One credit will be allowed for each hour-session attended. The schedule is as follows:

  • 9:00-10:00 a.m.: Wild Blueberry Pest Management Update, Seanna Annis, Elissa Ballman, David Yarborough, University of Maine
  • 10:15-11:15 a.m.: Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Browntail Moth: What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself, Charlene Donahue, MFS and Chuck Lubelczyk, MMCRI
  • 11:30-12:30 p.m.: BPC Update, BPC Staff

The full program for the trade show is available:


David E. Yarborough
Extension Blueberry Specialist

Wild blueberry fact sheets, past newsletters, contacts, resource links, calendar of events, and more can be found on the Cooperative Extension’s Maine Wild Blueberries website.

Information in this publication is provided purely for educational purposes. No responsibility is assumed for any problems associated with the use of products or services mentioned. No endorsement of products or companies is intended, nor is criticism of unnamed products or companies implied.

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