New Fee for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Training
The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Course for Corn and Soybeans was announced in September 2015, with courses initially offered free of charge to provide an incentive for early certification and help farmers with the new rules. Over 11,000 participants have already taken the course for free, which is the bulk of the expected participants.
As of September 1, 2017, the cost for the IPM Course for Corn and Soybeans is $73.00 upon registration. The fee will increase by 10 per cent annually until September 2020.
Successful completion of the IPM training course is one of the requirements to purchase and use neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seeds. Training provides knowledge of pest assessment methods, as well as best management practices for neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seeds and pollinator protection from neonicotinoid exposure. After successfully completing the course, certification is valid for five years. In addition, one certified person can supervise up to seven people in the field.
Revenue from the fee will go towards recovering the costs of providing the training and certification such as salary for the trainers, room rentals and course development.
For further information, or to sign up for the course, please contact the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus at www.ipmcertified.ca or call 1-866-225-9020.
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