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Caddo Kiowa Technology Center Crop Care Professional Program Celebrates 10 Years of Service

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:24:48 CST

Caddo Kiowa Technology Center Crop Care Professional Program Celebrates 10 Years of Service 2016 is the ten-year anniversary for the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center Crop Care Professional program. The first class had an enrollment of six students sponsored by ag retail businesses within 60 miles of CKTC, and the program has increased in scope and enrollment ever since. During the summer of 2007 the curriculum for the program was developed into a web-based study complemented by field labs held monthly where the class gathered for hands-on instruction. The 2015-2016 class consisted of 24 students sponsored by ag retailers from throughout western Oklahoma from Alva to Chattanooga. Since 2006, 124 students have completed the full program, and around an additional 85 have been through the state certification portion of the program. These students, for the most part, are still actively involved in ag retail including commercial pesticide applicators, sales, management, consultants and support industry. Collective increase in salary of 209 individuals from a conservative estimate would total over $3 million.

Economic impact is difficult to measure, and there are many areas that are influenced. Increase in salary of these individuals from a conservative estimate would reach over $3 million. Other areas of impact would include:

- Business economic impact in safety -accidents and health

- Job retention and positive business impact due to professionalism and customer relations

- Decreased insurance claims for business partners due to misapplication of pesticides

- Influence in crop inputs and increased production income for area farmers

Other areas served are:

- Pesticide training for municipalities, home owners, farmers, and lawn care providers

        - Pesticide and food safety training (produce handling and sanitation practices)

Source - Caddo Kiowa Technology Center



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