Seven local Chemigation Training sessions are being held for farmers who apply chemicals through an irrigation system. The Nebraska Chemigation Act requires that applicators must be certified by attending a course offered by the University of Nebraska Extension and must pass the written exam to verify their knowledge of the Chemigation Act requirements.
These rules are administered by each of the state’s 23 Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ). The Central Platte NRD inspects the required safety equipment on chemigation systems, receives permit applications and fees, and issues chemigation site permits.
The NDEQ has subcontracted with UNL Extension to provide the training, proctor the exam, and deliver the results of the exam. NDEQ also issues the chemigation applicator certifications to persons who pass the written test.
Certification is good for four years, after which renewals are required. Current permits expire June 1 of each year. To renew a permit, a $20 permit fee and application form must be mailed to Central Platte NRD by June 1, 2019. Renewal permits can be issued without an inspection; however, Central Platte NRD is required to reinspect systems in operation on a spot-check basis.
Local training dates:
*Feb. 1: St. Paul Contact: Troy Ingram (308) 754-5422 firstname.lastname@example.org
*Feb. 6: Hastings Contact: Ron Seymour (402) 461-7209 email@example.com
*Feb. 15: Broken Bow Contact: Troy Ingram (308) 754-5422 firstname.lastname@example.org
*Feb. 20: Cozad Contact: Todd Whitney (308) 324-5501 email@example.com
*Feb. 20: Columbus Contact: Aaron Nygren (402) 352-3821 firstname.lastname@example.org
*March 6: Grand Island Contact: Troy Ingram (308) 754-5422 email@example.com
*March 20: Kearney Contact: Todd Whitney (308) 324-5501 firstname.lastname@example.org
For statewide testing dates, visit the NDEQ website: http://www.deq.state.ne.us.
For more information contact the Central Platte Natural Resources District at (308) 385-6282.