Those who need to renew their private pesticide applicator certification can do so by attending one of the upcoming recertification workshops sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension Service.

These workshops offer an opportunity to review regulations and safety issues related to pesticide application, as well as provide participants with the latest university research on integrated pest management.

Individuals need to renew their private pesticide applicator certification in 2019 if:

• They apply pesticides to land or sites they own, rent or lease for the production of agriculture commodities

• They plan to use restricted use pesticides

• They reside in the state of Minnesota

• Their existing certification expires in 2019

Recertification workshops scheduled for southwestern Minnesota include:

• Jan 29 – In Pipestone at Minnesota West Community and Technical College from 12:30-4 p.m.

• Jan 31 – In Slayton at the Murray County 4-H building from 12:30-4 p.m.

• Feb 4 – In Lamberton at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center from 12:30-4 p.m.

• Feb 6 – In Sleepy Eye at the event center from 12:30-4 p.m. 

• Feb. 8 – In Montevideo at the American Legion from 12:30-4 p.m.

• Feb. 11 – In Marshall at the Merit Center from 12:30-4 p.m.

• Feb. 14 – In Fairmont at the Knights of Columbus building from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (This workshop is combined with the “Strategic Farming – Maximizing Return on Investment” program, sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.) To receive recertification, private applicators must attend the entire program - free lunch is included. Pre-registration is requested at: z.umn. edu/strategic-farming.

• Feb. 15 – In Jackson at the American Legion from 12:30-4 p.m.

• Feb. 19 – In Albert Lea at Riverland Community College from 12:30-4 p.m.

• Feb 26 – In Worthington, at the event center from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

For a complete listing of workshops offered throughout the state, check the University of Minnesota pesticide safety and environmental education Web site at z.umn.edu /ppatprogram, or call the farm information line at 1-800-232-9077.

In case of inclement weather, check these sources for weather updates.

Workshop topics will include:

• Pesticide laws and regulations

• Transportation, storage and emergencies

• Herbicide residuals and cover crops

• Laundering pesticide contaminated clothing

• Current crop/pest issues and integrated pest management

Registration for the recertification workshops will be taken at the door, and no pre-registration is required.

Anyone attending a workshop for recertification must bring a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. Bringing your private pesticide applicator certification card will assist in the registration process as well. Attending a recertification workshop re-news your certification for three years.

Participants must attend the entire workshop to meet recertification requirements.

For those who are unable to attend a workshop or who would rather retest for recertification, two other options exist. One may either complete the test as a home study course (books and tests are available at most county Extension offices), or they may complete the test online at www.pat.umn.edu.

The cost to re-certify, either by attending a recertification workshop or retesting, is $75.

A farmer who is not currently certified (i.e. becoming certified for the first time or their certification expired in 2018 or earlier) is required to first take the test to become certified.

These workshops are separate from the additional training required for certified applicators who wish to apply dicamba formulations onto dicamba-tolerant soybeans in 2019.

Check the Minnesota crop production retailers association Web site at mcpr-cca.org for more information regarding these upcoming sessions.

For more information about these workshops, contact Liz Stahl, Extension educator in crops at (507) 372-3900 or stah0012@umn.edu.