Bringing job training to Indiana producers
Many Indiana farmers have years of experience and land managed by multiple generations. But all producers need to stay up-to-date on new technologies and skills or refresh their expertise. Summer field days at the eight Purdue Agricultural Centers across the state offer workshops for producers and crop and livestock advisers in farm management, crop production and land use.
At 9:30 one morning in August, more than 200 participants at the Pinney Purdue Field Day in LaPorte County broke out into five repeated workshops on topics ranging from weed and insect control to cash rent options to operating equipment with awareness of blind spots.
Some of these sessions fulfill requirements for pesticide training: the Private Applicator Recertification Program (PARP). Permits are current for five years, and during that time, applicators must attend three recertification programs (which include online modules) or take a certification exam.
Extension Educators and staff help publicize field days, present many of the training topics and sign off on PARP credits.
After lunch, participants can visit sponsor exhibits and the Purdue Digital Ag Trailer to learn more about unmanned aerial vehicle use in agriculture. Field days offer the latest farming updates and ongoing certification while building community among neighbors and fellow producers.
private applicators attended PARP training in 2018.