Western Farm Press/Penton Media have launched the 12th and 13th courses for state-licensed agriculturists in California and Arizona and other Western states to earn continuing education credit hours online toward renewing their licenses and applicator certificates.

One of the new courses, “Organic/Sustainable Agriculture Production In The West” is the most extensive course Farm Press/Penton Media has developed.

It is sponsored online by Monterey AgResources, based in Fresno, Calif.

It covers a wide array of crops, focusing on organic and sustainable production practices. It is accredited for 4 CEUs (1 laws and regs; one other) by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, 4 hours by the Arizona Department of Agriculture, and four units by the Idaho Department of Agriculture. Applications for credit hours are pending in Oregon and Washington and for certified crop advisers.

It is the first course offered by Farm Press/Penton Media online with a login feature, meaning that a person can create a login when they begin the course. If a person leaves the course before completing the work, he or she can log back in and will be returned to where they left off.

“This is a feature we have been asked to include in the online courses. Since the course sponsored by Monterey AgResources is much longer than others we offer, we felt the login feature would be important and convenient for those taking it,” said Penton Media Ag Group Publisher and Vice President Greg Frey.

Plans are to include the login feature in all the Farm Press courses.

The other new course is accredited for licensed applicators in Oregon and Washington. The subject is “Managing Spray Drift to Minimize Problems.”

Farm Press has received inquiries from licensed applicators in the Pacific Northwest to offer online continuing education classes. This new course is directed specifically to applicators in those key states.

All the Farm Press/Penton Media courses are available on the Western Farm Press Web site (www.westernfarmpress.com); Farm Press University (www.farmpressuniversity.com) and on the California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) Web site (www.capca.com).

All courses are free.

Farm Press/Penton Media launched its first online CE course four years ago and since then more than 14,000 courses have been successfully completed online for credit hours.

There are now 10 courses offered on line accredited for 26 hours in California. Six courses are accredited for 15 hours by the Arizona Department of Agriculture.