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I'm starting to see a lot of dead ash trees in our landscapes and woodlands. Obviously, the emerald ash borer (EAB) has done, and continues to do, great harm to our native ash trees. What should be done now?
Do you grow vegetables or home fruits, but have more than you can utilize on a freshly-picked basis? Purdue Extension in Noble and Whitley Counties has a program for you entitled, "Preserving Nature's Bounty" Nov. 24, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Purdue Extension - Whitley County office, 115 South Line Street, Columbia City, Indiana. The program is one lesson within the ongoing Master Gardener basic training class, but it is open to the public free of charge.
A program covering chainsaw safety and tree felling techniques will be offered December 11, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Hayden Rental and Power Equipment, 615 Westgate Avenue in Kendallville. Registration is requested by Dec. 4.
Purdue Extension will host a private applicator recertification program (PARP) at the Fort Wayne Farm Show Jan. 12, 2016. Reservations are not required. The program will take place from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., and participants seeking credit must be present for the entire program.
Some people may have a curiosity about native wildlife, others may be actively promoting habitat development and conservation practices. If you view yourself a wildlife enthusiast of either category, you may be interested in some resources available by experts at Purdue University.
Purdue and Kentucky Extension Services will present the 2015 Sheep and Goat Health and Production Webinar on Dec. 3. The webinar, which will run 7-9 p.m. EST, will be available for viewing at several county Extension offices across Indiana, including Whitley County.
Private applicators are individuals who spray restricted use pesticides or apply manure from a confined feeding operation (CFO) to their own land. The license is active for a period of five years. Private applicators must attend three private applicator recertification programs (PARPs) within that five year period to keep their license active and avoid the need to re-test. No more than two programs may be attended for credit in any one calendar year.

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