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Private Pesticide Applicator Workshops Scheduled

Source: Karen Johnson, Extension Educator – McLeod & Meeker Counties

Farmers with Private Pesticide Applicator Permits that expire on March 1, 2018, should get a postcard from the MN Department of Agriculture during December. U of M Extension will mail flyers about renewal workshops that have been scheduled from the middle of January to the end of February. Farmers can renew permits again this year by 1 of 3 options.

1) 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 Pesticide Safety website listed below.

2) Work through the written exam that is available now at County Extension Offices. Use the 19th Edition Manual 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.

3) Work through 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 Pesticide Applicator’s Permit for the first time, or those with permits that expired PRIOR to March 1, 2018, 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 aimed at safety for applicators, the crop, the environment, the community, and food supplies.

For questions about the Private Pesticide Application process, call the McLeod or Meeker County Extension Office at 320-484-4334 (McLeod) or 320-693-5275 (Meeker). 

The Farm Information Line at 1-800-232-9077 has this information also. The Farm Information Line is answered from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Monday - Friday 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.

Renewal Workshops in the Central Minnesota include:

  • Paynesville, Tuesday, January 16th, 9:00 a.m. –12:30 p.m., American Legion Post 271, Call Paynesville Cooperative at 320-243-3494 to RSVP for lunch.
  • Cologne, Thursday, January 18th, 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Carver County Extension Office
  • Belle Plaine, Tuesday, January 23rd, 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Belle Plaine Library
  • Morris, Tuesday, January 23rd, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., West Central Research & Outreach Center
  • Little Falls, Friday, January 26th, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Initiative Foundation Building, Bring $5 for pizza or pack a lunch
  • Hutchinson, Thursday, February 1st, 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Hutchinson Event Center
  • Lafayette, Friday, February 2nd, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Lafayette Community Center
  • St. Augusta, Friday, February 2nd, 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., St. Augusta American Legion
  • Renville, Thursday, February 8th, 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Renville Community Center
  • Holdingford, Thursday, February 8th, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., City Hall, Bring $5 for Pizza or pack a lunch
  • Litchfield, Tuesday, February 17th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Meeker County Courthouse
  • Willmar, Wednesday, February 14th, 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building
  • Arlington, Thursday, February 15th, 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Arlington Community Center
  • Montevideo, Friday, February 16th, 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.,  American Legion
  • Greenwald, Tuesday, February 20th, 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Greenwald Pub
  • Buffalo, Thursday February 22nd, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Wright County Government Center
  • Cambridge, Friday, February 23rd, 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Farmington, Tuesday, February 27th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 a.m., Dakota County Extension & Conservation Center
  • Foley, Tuesday, February 27th, 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Henry’s Catering
  • Olivia, Wednesday, February 28th, 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Renville County Government Services Center
  • North Mankato, Wednesday ,February 28th, 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., South Central College Conference Center


Karen Johnson
Extension Educator, Ag Production Systems
(320) 484-4303

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