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Workshop for on-farm pesticide applicators on February 25 at UMN Crookston

An Agricultural Pesticide Applicator Workshop will be held Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. in the Bede Ballroom on the University of Minnesota’s Crookston Campus for farmers who need to renew their Private Pesticide Applicator (PPA) certifications to the 2022 growing season. The Private Applicator Certificate is for farmers who apply restricted use pesticide products to their fields, including various herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and other pest control products labeled as “restricted use”.

“Registration for these workshops is strongly encouraged to secure your spot,” the University of Minnesota Extension said in a statement. “The process for renewing your license remains similar to previous years with a few new options for 2022. Farmers have five options to choose whether to renew permits this year.”

Heather Dufault, UMN Ag Extension Educator, says, “Applicators are invited to attend an in-person workshop hosted by University of Minnesota extension staff. To guarantee a spot, pre-registration must be completed online at three days prior to the workshop. Walk-ins are always welcome provided we have enough space. Applicants must bring government-issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license, their current license card, and a check to pay the $75 license fee. Applicators must arrive on time and stay for the entire workshop. Parking for the February 25 workshop can be in the NWROC lot, the Valley Technology lot, or the A lot. No parking tickets will be issued that day.

Other recertification options include taking a written exam which is available at county extension offices.

“Applicators mail a check for $75 along with a completed answer sheet in an envelope provided to the extension office,” explains Dufault.

Applicants are urged to call ahead before stopping by local offices as appointments may be required. Producers can also renew their certification by taking a similar test online or taking a self-paced online course. You must register and complete all required components by February 28, 2022 to receive credit. Registration is done on under the “Course at your own pace” tab.

An online recertification workshop will be offered on February 24 at 1 p.m. and applicators must register in advance to attend the Zoom workshop, register 30 minutes before the start of the workshop, have their applicator license handy and available. All Zoom workshops are limited to 50 people and on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicators must have an internet-connected device with a video camera and sound.

First-time private pesticide applicators or those whose certifications expired before March 1, 2022 must take and pass a paper-based or online test.

For questions about the private pesticide applicator certification process, call your county extension office. In case of inclement weather, call either the Farm Information Line at (800) 232-9077 or the U of M Extension Coordinating Office before hitting the road.