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Review, Clinic, Course Offered in March
People interested in landscaping, ornamentals, turf and orchids will be able to learn a great deal in educational programs offered during March.

Two trainings near Atlanta and a short course on the University of Florida campus will offer the latest updates. And the first two will include pesticide recertification credits.

Pesticide License Review, Exam

The Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture will have a commercial pesticide license training and exam in category 24 (ornamentals and turf) at the 0014 State Farmers Market 3000 in Forest Park, Ga. March 15.

A commercial license is required when any pesticide, including herbicides, is applied for pay. This training will review the general standards and category 24 portions of the pesticide license exam.

Participants can take the exam itself at the end of the review sessions. Review study manuals (available through the University of Georgia and some landscape supply dealers) before attending the workshop.

The day will begin with 7:30 a.m. registration. The exam will begin at 3 p.m. With the class limited to the first 50 people, reregistration is required.

The review fee is $15 and the exam fee $25. For more information, call the Clayton County Extension Service at (770) 473-5434. Or email hortpa@uga.edu.

Landscape, Turf Clinic

The GCUA will have a hands-on landscape and turf clinic March 22 at the State University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga.

Planned for commercial landscape employees, the clinic will provide landscape and turf training and will provide six hours of pesticide recertification credit in category 24. Topics will include ornamental and tree insects, new turf herbicides, equipment maintenance, urban tree care and pesticide storage and disposal.

The one-day clinic will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. To learn more about it, call the Extension Service office in your county. Or call the Haralson County Extension Office at (770) 646-2026.

Short Course on Orchids

An "Orchid Production and Culture Short Course" is planned for March 23-24 at Fifield Hall on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Fla.

Short course topics will include orchid classification, pollination, biology, ecology, diversity, production, marketing, tissue culture, diseases and insect pests.

The short course will begin with 8 a.m. registration on Saturday, March 23. It will end the next day at 4:30 p.m. The registration fee is $85. For more information, contact Bodie Pennisi at (229) 386-3410.

(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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