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Private Pesticide Applicator Re-certification Workshops

Farmers with Private Pesticide Applicator (PPA) Permits that expire on March 1, 2016 should have received a postcard from MN Department of Agriculture and soon can expect a University of Minnesota Extension flyer about renewal workshops that have been scheduled from the middle of January to the end of February around the state. Farmers can renew permits again this year by 1 of 3 options.

Attend a “Renewal Workshop” conducted by U of M Extension staff. Bring an official picture ID like a driver’s license; and your current Permit Card if you have it. Bring a check to pay the $75 permit fee. You must arrive on time and stay for the whole workshop. Attend any workshop that is convenient for you. Workshops are listed in mailed flyers and at the UMN PPA website listed below.

Work through the written exam that is available now at County Extension Offices. Use the 19th Edition Manual that was new 5 years ago, as a reference. If needed, the cost of the manual is $10. Mail the $75 permit fee along with your test answer sheet in the addressed envelope provided. You can ask County Extension staff about mailing these items to you. They may ask you to prepay for the manual and postage.

Take the exam online by going to: The $75 fee is paid by credit card. The manual can be viewed online. The online test should be running by mid-January. People getting the Private Applicator’s Permit for the first time, or those with permits that expired PRIOR to March 1, 2016 must use option 2) or 3) to be certified. The “Private” Applicator’s Permit is for farm operators who are applying restricted use pesticide products on their own fields. This includes some herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and other pest control products that are labeled “Restricted Use.” Pesticide Safety Education programs are aim at safety for applicators, the crop, the environment, the community and food supplies.

Call the County Extension Office for questions related to the PPA process. In Dakota County call 651-480-7700.

The Farm Information Line at 1-800-232-9077 has this information also. The Farm Information Line is answered from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm M-F and will record a message for weather related changes after hours when possible. Always use your best judgment with the weather. Listen to local radio stations or call the coordinating U of M Extension Office before getting on the road. 

Source: Nathan Winter, McLeod & Meeker County Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

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Find the full list of PPA Recertification Workshops on line here

Posted 1/4/16


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