Monday, November 3, 2014

Recertification Trainings for Private Pesticide Applicators

Recertification Trainings for Private Pesticide Applicators

for Northern Shenandoah Valley Farmers


Virginia Cooperative Extension will host four meetings that provide full recertification credit for farmers who hold private pesticide applicator licenses.  Farmers do not need to register in advance for these meetings.  Farmers need only to attend one of these meetings.   In order to maintain their license, all farmers who hold a private pesticide applicator license must attend these recertification trainings at least one time every two years.   



Meetings Offering Full Recertification Credit for Both Category 90 and 91


December 9       1:00-4:00 p.m.      Alson H. Smith Jr. AREC, Winchester

December 9       6:00-9:00 p.m.      Warren County Government Center, Front Royal


Topics to be covered at this meeting include:

     -    Pesticide Regulatory Update

     -    Pesticide Safety and Pollinators

     -    Agronomy Pest Updates 

-    Animal Science Update

-    Horticulture Update.



Meetings Offering Full Recertification Credit for Category 90


December 16     6:00-9:00 p.m.      Shenandoah County Extension Office, Woodstock

December 18     6:00-9:00 p.m.      Page County Extension Office, Stanley


Topics to be covered at this meeting include:

-        Overview of Pasture Weed Control Test Plots

                    Matt Booher, Extension Agent

-        Pesticide Legal Update

                    Bobby Clark, Senior Extension Agent

-        Management of Fescue Toxicity 

                    Matt Booher, Extension Agent

-        Pesticide Safety and Pollinators

          Bobby Clark, Senior Extension Agent

-        Innovative Summer Annual Forages for Grazing

          Matt Booher, Extension Agent.



          There are additional recertification opportunities offered in surrounding counties.  Anyone who cannot attend these meetings can contact their local Extension Office to get more information on the dates of these meetings.

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital, family, or veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.  An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. 

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Robert A. Clark, Senior Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources, at the Shenandoah County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension at (540) 459-6140/TDD* during business hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.  *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

USDA Extends Dairy Margin Protection Program Deadlines

Enrollment Continues Through Dec. 5; Comments Accepted Until Dec. 15

USDA is extending the deadlines for the dairy Margin Protection Program. Farmers now have until Dec. 5, 2014, to enroll in the voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.  

Producers are encouraged to use the online Web resource at to calculate the best levels of coverage for their dairy operation. The secure website can be accessed via computer, smartphone or tablet. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also extended the opportunity for public comments on both the Margin Protection Program and the Dairy Product Donation Program until Dec. 15, 2014. 
Comments can be submitted to USDA via the website at  

Horse Feed Recall

Bartlett Milling Company recalls horse feeds

Two types of feed potentially contaminated with Rumensin

Release Date: 

Bartlett Milling Company has initiated a limited recall of certain horse feeds due to potential Rumensin contamination. The products were distributed to customers and retailers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Rumensin contamination can result in health problems, including mortality, in horses. The products and lot number involved in the recall are:

o   50 lb. bags of Bartlett Pasture Horse 10 Feed - Lot 288

o   50 lb. bags of Cleveland Carolina Champion Horse Feed - Lot 288

The recalled products were packaged in typical brand-specific feed bags. Lot numbers are printed on the front and back of each bag.

Retailers have been contacted and instructed to immediately withdraw from sale the recalled product and to notify customers who purchased the product. Customers should discontinue feeding the product immediately. Customers who purchased this product should return remaining bags to their retailer.

For more information on the product recall, contact Bartlett Milling at +1.800.438.6016 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact Bartlett at 1.336.655.1840 outside of regular business hours.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services and the United States Food and Drug Administration.