California and Arizona pest control advisers and licensed private and qualified applicators can now go online at Western Farm Press’ Web site and take CEU courses to earn a total of 6 credit hours.

Log on to www.westernfarmpress.com and you will find:

-- A new 2-CEU entitled Insecticide Resistance Management for Agronomic and Row Crop sponsored by Valent USA.

-- Another Valent-sponsored course, Spray Drift Management to Minimize Problems. It is accredited by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation for one hour of laws and regulations. The Arizona Department of Pesticide Regulation has accredited it for 2 CEUs for licensed consultants there.

-- Another 2-CEU course entitled Powdery Mildew Control in California Grapevines is sponsored by Dow AgroSciences. Well-known University of California plant pathologist Doug Gubler was the primary contributor for this course that offers a thorough explanation of powdery mildew, the No. 1 disease in California grapes, and how to control it.

-- A second online course accredited for one-CEU in laws and regulations by DPR is California Groundwater Protection Regulations. It is the oldest course online at the Western Farm Press Web site and it is sponsored by Bayer CropScience. Almost 500 California DPR licensees have taken this course since it was launched 15 months ago.

More than 1,200 courses have been completed online at not only the Western Farm Press Web site but the Farm Press University Web site www.farmpressuniversity.com as well.

Look for the colorful square icons on the right side of the Western Farm Press Web site. The courses are identified by title and sponsor.

The courses are simple to navigate. There are several pages of text followed by a series of questions. This pattern of text followed by questions is followed throughout the course. Answer the questions correctly, and you will be allowed to continue to the next text section.

When the course is completed, a checkout page will appear for the PCA or licensed applicator to fill out. This is e-mailed to Western Farm Press, which submits scantrons and attendance sheets to the Continuing Education Center for Pest Management (CECPM) for credit to the DPR licensee’s license number. The Arizona Department of Agriculture is notified for Arizona licensees.

Several of these courses also are accredited for California Certified Crop Advisers.

Those who have taken the courses cover a full range of roles in Western agriculture from both independent and retail pest control advisers to qualified and private applicators who are farm owners and managers.

Here are some comments from those who have taken one or more of the courses.

"Great courses. Difficult and rewarding material. Can’t beat the location," comments Valley Center, Calif., farm manager and licensed qualified applicator Christopher Ambuul who farms 2,000 acres of citrus and avocados.

"This is a great opportunity to fulfill my PCA hours," said Bakersfield, Calif., PCA and farm manager Jon Paul Collision who manages cotton, alfalfa, processing tomatoes, vegetables and cereal grains for J.G. Boswell Co.

"Great learning tool," commented Salinas, Calif., independent PCA Catherine Pinto.

"I think these online courses are great," commented Fresno, Calif., PCA Aaron Rotondaro.

"This has been an excellent course. Very good information," said Dos Palos, Calif., farm owner and licensed private applicator Creston Sumpter after completing the spray drift management course.

"Great presentation of material. A time efficient way to get the best information available," said another Clovis, Calif., PCA, James Knabke.

"Great timesaver," was the comment from independent PCA and farm owner Jerome Salavador of Fresno, Calif.

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