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Fruit and Vegetable Pesticide Safety Workshop – Includes Recertification Credit for Private Pesticide Applicators

Author: Tana Haugen-Brown, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension, Pesticide Safety and Environmental Education Program, email:

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Back again this year – the University of Minnesota Extension Pesticide Safety and Environmental Education Program will offer a Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification workshop focused for fruit and vegetable growers. Growers who are not certified but wish to learn more information on pesticide safety are also welcome to attend. This recertification workshop will take place on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 1:00 – 4:30 pm at the St Cloud Regional Extension Office, 3601 18th St S, Suite 113, Saint Cloud, MN. 

This workshop 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; pesticide residuals; label comprehension; and more.

This workshop is intended for individuals who are currently certified Private Pesticide Applicators whose current certification expires on March 1, 2020. Private Pesticide Applicators are anyone using a restricted use pesticide (RUP) on land they own or rent to produce an agricultural commodity. Private Applicators can attend this workshop for recertification instead of taking a test. The cost to recertify is $75 (payable by CHECK ONLY made to the U of MN) 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 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, but preregistration is strongly encouraged.

Individuals who attend this workshop for recertification purposes must attend the entire workshop to receive recertification 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 recertification credit.

Other individuals may sit in on this workshop 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. We ask that you also RSVP so we can plan accordingly.

Private Pesticide Applicators can also recertify by taking an exam. New applicators must certify by taking the exam. For more information about the 2020 Private Pesticide Applicator certification program, other recertification 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.
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