Courteney Wall-Sisk, county Extension agent for agriculture, is working to notify farmers who sent in restricted use pesticide applicator license renewals that a course is still required to complete the renewal.

“We have had many farmers with a restricted use license say they received a letter in/around November saying due to the pandemic they could mail in the form and their $45 and the license will renew,” Sisk said.

She said farmers might not realize they must still attend a recertification course, also known as a PAT class, before the licensure will be complete.

“The applications mailed in to the plant board with payment are sitting awaiting notification you have attended a PAT course,” Sisk said. “Don’t wait until July to realize this or that your license has expired and you are unable to purchase chemical.”

Farmers who still need the course due to an expiration date or due to sending in the form without having taken the PAT course can call the Lawrence County Extension Office at 870-886-3741 or email at”

“That will help us get a head count to offer a course,” Sisk said.

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