Thursday, March 22, 2018

Respirator Fit Testing Opportunity:

Fargo/Moorhead Area for Applicators and others planning to use Chlorpyrifos Insecticide products and Engenia®




To limit exposure and ensure applicator and worker safety, EPA’s Worker Protection Standards mandate that those that handle, mix and/or apply certain pesticides obtain a respirator fit test before wearing a pesticide label-required respirator. The herbicide Engenia® and the insecticide Lorsban® are two of the pesticides that require users to wear respirators. 

In anticipation of a growing need for rural fit testing opportunities, staff from the University of Minnesota Extension’s Pesticide Safety and Education Program and North Dakota State University Extension Pesticide Program have teamed up with respirator experts from 3M to provide fit tests for up to 50 farmers in Harwood, ND on April 5.

Farmers can bring their own respirator and be tested at no charge; alternatively farmers can try on and purchase a respirator on site.

When:      Thursday, April 5, 2018, 


                 12 noon to 4 PM

Where:     Harwood Community Center

                 210 Freedland Dr 
                 Harwood, ND


To reserve a testing slot: z.umn.edu/respiratorsignup


For questions, contact:

Phillip Glogoza             218-236-2008 

                                     glogo001@umn.edu

Andrew Thostenson     701.231.7180
                                     andrew.thostenson@ndsu.edu

Online Medical Evaluations for Respirator Fit Testing

Note: A person must be healthy enough to wear a respirator. Passing a medical evaluation is LEGALLY REQUIRED before one can obtain a respirator fit test. 

While some family physicians provide this service, there is also an option to complete an online medical evaluation. Note that while 98% will pass the online exam, some medical conditions like asthma or high blood pressure may require an in-person follow-up appointment. 

Download this document or contact Phillip or Andrew to receive a weblink providing access for up to two free online medical evaluations per farm courtesy of 3M.

Respirator fit testing opportunity in Crookston on Friday, April 6

Crookston Area for Applicators and others planning to use Chlorpyrifos Insecticide products and Engenia®


To limit exposure and ensure worker safety, EPA’s Worker Protection Standards mandate that those that handle, mix and/or apply certain pesticides obtain a respirator fit test before wearing a pesticide label-required respirator. The herbicide EngeniaTM and the insecticide LorsbanTM are two of the pesticides that require users to wear respirators.

In anticipation of a growing need for rural fit testing opportunities, staff from the University of Minnesota Extension’s Pesticide Safety and Education Program have teamed up with respirator experts from 3M to provide fit tests for up to 42 farmers in Crookston on April 6.

Farmers can bring their own respirator and be tested at no charge; alternatively farmers can try on and purchase a respirator on site.

When:            Friday, April 6, 2018 


                        during one of four sessions:        noon to 1PM
                                                                            1 to 2PM 
                                                                            2 to 3PM
                                                                            3 to 4 PM

Where:            Crookston Eagle’s Club
                        105 S Broadway
                        Crookston, MN 56716


To reserve a testing time contact: 

                  Angie Peltier     (218) 281-8692
                                            apeltier@umn.edu 


Note: A person must be healthy enough to wear a respirator. Passing a medical evaluation is LEGALLY REQUIRED before one can obtain a respirator fit test. 

While some family physicians provide this service, there is also an option to complete an online medical evaluation. Note that while 98% will pass the online exam, some medical conditions like asthma or high blood pressure may require an in-person follow-up appointment. 

Download this document or contact Angie to receive a weblink providing access for up to two free online medical evaluations per farm courtesy of 3M.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

There is still time to register for the weather-delayed Crookston Research Update for Ag Professionals Program!

The final University of Minnesota Research Update Session in Crookston, MN 
has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 24, 2018 due to the January 11 blizzard. 

For presentation topics and speakers, further program details and to register visit the program webpage here: http://blog-crop-news.extension.umn.edu/2018/01/crookston-research-update-for-ag.html.

Join Extension on January 31 or February 1 for the Best of the Best in Wheat and Soybean Research

Held in Grand Forks on January 31 and in Moorhead on February 1, this day-long program is designed so that growers can learn from researchers and extension specialists as they present current research-based crop and pest management information.

These sessions are free, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged to ensure accommodations.

For additional program details, CLICKHERE.

To register online, CLICKHERE.

This program is jointly sponsored by North Dakota State University and University of Minnesota Extension Services, along with MAWG, MWR&PC, MSR&PC, NDSC, NDGGA, and NDWC.

Friday, January 12, 2018

2018 Research Update for Ag Professionals - Jan 11 in Crookston

----    Rescheduled due to Blizzard    ----


Wednesday, Jan 24th

same times - 12:30 to 4:40

and same place - auditorium 

Northwestern Research & Outreach Center Auditorium 
(2900 University Ave)

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Face the 2018 crop year armed with the latest University of Minnesota research. At the 2018 University of Minnesota Research Update for Ag Professionals, you will find research-based strategies to deal with today's changing pests, diseases, varieties, and nutrient and environmental recommendations. Presentations and discussions at the update will allow you to visit with experienced university researchers and offer you the opportunity to visit with colleagues to discuss topics of interest to you in your region. You will leave with research-based knowledge and field-tested solutions that will help you in the field for the year 2018.

The program will be held in Crookston on Thursday, January 11 from 12:30 pm to 4:40 pm. at the Northwestern Research & Outreach Center Auditorium (2900 University Ave.; phone: (218) 281-8602).  

The registration fee is $60 and on-site registration will begin at 11:30 am. Online registration (www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/ag-professionals/research-updates) is open until midnight on Wednesday, January 10. 

Continuing education units for Certified Crop Advisors have been applied for including: 1 in nutrient management, 3 in pest management and 1 in crop management. 

Educational Sessions will include:
·         Small grain weed control update and herbicide resistance management –            
Dr. Beverly Durgan

·         Soybean aphid: Population dynamics, pyrethroid resistance and developing management strategies – Dr. Phillip Glogoza

·         Small grains disease management toolbox – Dr. Madeleine Smith

·         Small grain variety update – Dr. Jochum Wiersma

·         What's the scoop on potassium research in western Minnesota – Dr. Daniel Kaiser


Questions regarding program content or disability accommodations can be directed to Program Coordinator Dave Nicolai at: (612) 625-2778 or nico0071@umn.edu.