ISSUE 3 May 20, 2004
MANITOBA DIAGNOSTIC SCHOOL
The Manitoba Field Diagnostic School will be held from July 12 to 23, 2004 (the same one day program runs for two weeks, you select which day to attend) at Carman, Manitoba (University of Manitoba Field research Farm) 1.6 miles West of Junction 3 and 245.
How to Register: Pre-registration is required (fee is $160.00 Canadian and includes lunch). This event is put together by Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives – Soils and Crops Branch, University of Manitoba Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences.
It is a one day event and runs for two weeks so you have a choice of which day to come. The weed plots are a couple of hours in the morning, followed by crop production, entomology, and pathology for the major crops. CCA credits are available.
Any and all are welcome, people can come individually or if there's a group you can reserve a particular date and can get a more personalized day. Those interested can visit:
2004 PROJECT SAFE SEND SITES, DATES ANNOUNCED
BISMARCK - Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) will be able to conduct a scaled-back Project Safe Send collection this year in July.
"The state non-point source pollution task force clearly saw the value of Project Safe Send and recommended this project to the EPA, which authorized $150,190 for the program this year," said Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson, who announced the sites and dates of the 2004 collections. "Although we will be collecting at fewer sites this year, it is still the perfect opportunity for farmers, ranchers, homeowners, businesses and city and county governments to get rid of their unusable pesticides safely and at no cost."
All collections will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (local time) at the North Dakota Department of Transportation (DOT) facilities (except West Fargo) in the following communities:
Persons with more than 1,000 pounds of pesticides should call (701) 328-4997 to pre-register. Others do not have to pre-register.
NDDA will accept up to 100 pounds of pesticide rinse water free of charge, then a $1 fee will be charged for each additional pound.
Onyx Environmental Services of Blaine, MN, will collect the pesticides and transport them to Wisconsin where they will be bulk packaged and then transported to federally approved incinerators and disposal sites in other states.
Johnson said a total of 155,158 pounds of unusable pesticides were collected at nine sites in 2003, compared to 190,759 pounds at 16 sites in 2002.
"I hope that the 2005 Legislature will authorize full funding for Project Safe Send for the next biennium," Johnson said. "The numbers clearly show a continued need for the program, and there is widespread support for it among lawmakers."
Until this year, Project Safe Send had been funded by the fees paid by pesticide manufacturers to register their products in the state.
Since 1991, more than 1.4 million pounds of unusable pesticides, including DDT, arsenic and mercury compounds, have been shipped out of state and destroyed through Project Safe Send.
MEDIA: For more information, please call Judy Carlson at (701) 328-4997.
Pesticide Program Coordinator