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Center for Latino Farmers Holds Free Pesticide Licensing Series

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YAKIMA, Wash.--Local farmers hit the books Friday to prepare for the upcoming pesticide spray season.

The Rural Community Development Resource Center for Latino Farmers said it's crucial to get properly trained since rules and regulations are constantly changing.

Training coordinators said Costco and Walmart are placing more restrictive rules on produce that they accept.

"If they're in violation they can be fined up to $7,500 per violation," said Maria DJ Rodriguez, one of the training coordinators. "So I mean you pay the fee to take the test or you're risking not only a fine but health hazards."

RDCR received almost $300,000 from the USDA to train more than 100 farmers about food safety. After this training, farmers will take a test through the State Department of Agriculture before they get a pesticide license.

YAKIMA, Wash. - The Rural Community Development Resources Center for Latino Farmers is hosting a free pesticide licensing series.

A grant from the USDA Office of Advocacy for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers & Ranchers is funding the series. Through the 20 hour, in-Spanish course, farmers can earn their license to spray pesticides.

The RCDR Center for Latino Farmers works to support and educated farm workers and self employed producers in Washington state who speak limited English.

The classes are free for the first 15 people to register, by calling 509-453-3157. The center will hold the course at the Howard Johnson Hotel at 9 North 9th Street in Yakima, on the following dates:    

· Friday- May 31 - 8:00 am - 4:00 PM  

· Saturday- June 1 - 8:00 am - 4:00 PM

· Monday - June 3- Test   8:00 am - 12:00 noon