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Pesticide workshop pinpoints risks

Cooperative Extension is hosting a commercial landscape workshop focusing on spring turf maintenance and pesticide exposure Feb. 9 at the Agricultural Center on Old Concord Road.

Commercial lawn maintenance contractors preparing for spring fertilization and weed control will benefit from this information.

Latest research and information on both fertilization and weed control will be presented at this workshop.

Also, the health risks of pesticides are becoming increasingly important.

Everyone involved with pesticides should know and understand these risks and steps to reduce exposure.

This workshop begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 11:30 a.m.

The agenda for the class is as follows:

* 9 a.m. “Pesticide Exposure and Health Risks” Julia Storm, agromedicine information specialist, N.C. State University.

* 10 a.m. “Spring Turf Management for Cool Season Turf” Casey Reynolds, turf specialist, N.C. State University.

This class is open to the public and especially important to commercial landscape maintenance personnel and pesticide applicators.

However, space is limited.

There is a $5 per person fee for each class for material costs and refreshments.

More complete and detailed information will be available closer to the program.

For more information or to reserve space, please contact Cooperative Extension at 704-216-8970 or e-mail darrell_blackwelder@ncsu.edu by Feb. 8.

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