California Continuing Pest Education Goes Online

More than 40 licensed Pest Control Advisers, Certified Crop Advisers, and Qualified Applicators have completed a new online continuing education course sponsored by the Western Plant Health Association and Western Farm Press.

Entitled “Nutrient Management in Key California Crops,” the course is offered free online and was funded by a grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Fertilizer Research and Protection (FREP) program.

“This online course is a unique partnership for Western Plant Health Association with FREP and Western Farm Press,” says Renee Pinel, CEO and president of WPHA. “One of FREP’s mandates is to educate California agricultural professionals on the proper use and handling of commercial and organic fertilizers, including any environmental effects, and there is no better place to do that than on the Internet.”

The class was posted online in October and is available on the WPHA Web site at www.healthyplants.org, Western Farm Press at www.westernfarmpress.com, and the California Association of Pest Control Advisers at www.capca.com.

Western Farm Press began sponsored online courses more than four years ago. Since then more than 15,000 licensees have earned credit online. The Fresno,CA-based publication now has 11 courses accredited in California and another nine accredited nationally.

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