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Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Workshop

Author: Tana Haugen-Brown. A Private Pesticide Applicator re-certification workshop geared toward fruit and vegetable growers will be offered Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 1:00-4:30pm in St. Cloud, in conjunction with the MFVGA annual conference. Read on for information and registration.

Back again this year – in partnership with the Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (MFVGA) - the University of Minnesota Extension Pesticide Safety and Environmental Education Program will offer a Private Pesticide Applicator Re-certification workshop as a pre-workshop to the MFVGA conference.

Register here. 

This re-certification workshop will take place on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 1:00 – 4:30 pm at the Rivers Edge Convention Center in St Cloud, MN. Topics at this workshop will be geared towards the Private Applicator Fruit and Vegetable Grower.

Training and updates will include topics related to pesticide application and safety; pesticide laws and regulations; laundering pesticide contaminated clothing; endangered species protection; IPM and related hot topics; invasive species; calibration; herbicide residuals, cover crops, and weed suppression; and more.

This workshop is intended for individuals who are currently certified Private Pesticide Applicators and whose current certification expires on March 1, 2019.  Private Pesticide Applicators are anyone using a restricted use pesticide (RUP) on their own land to produce an agricultural commodity, and must obtain a Private Pesticide Applicator Certification.

Private Applicators can attend this workshop for re-certification instead of taking a test.  The cost to re-certify is $75 (payable by CHECK ONLY, made to the University of Minnesota) and is good for three years.  We ask that you RSVP so we know about how many to expect.

Go to this website to RSVP.

Workshop payment, in the form of a check, will be taken at the door.  Please bring an official photo identification card, such as a driver's license, passport or other official document and your Private Pesticide Applicator Certification ID card for workshop registration. Walk-in registration will be taken as well.

Individuals who attend this workshop for re-certification purposes must attend the entire workshop to receive re-certification credit – as per requirements by the MN Department of Agriculture.  Applicators that arrive more than 15 minutes late to this workshop or leave early will not be allowed to receive re-certification credit.

Other individuals may sit in on this workshop (depending on space availability) but will not be certified.  The cost to attend this session without receiving the Private Pesticide Applicator certification is $20.00 payable at the door.

Private Pesticide Applicators can also re-certify by taking an exam. New applicators must certify by taking the exam.  For more information about the 2019 Private Pesticide Applicator certification program, other re-certification workshop locations, certification exam, or study manual, visit our website at: Or, you can contact the Farm Information Line at: 800-232-9077 or email: for additional info.

Author: Tana Haugen-Brown, Extension Educator, Pesticide Safety and Environmental Education Program. Email:
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