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Private Pesticide Applicator training dates set for 2014

BROOKINGS — Who needs to be certified or recertified as a Private Pesticide Applicator?

If you plan to apply any pesticides to produce an agricultural commodity worth $1,000 or more to land that you or your employer rents or owns, you need to be certified. It does not matter what pesticide you apply (herbicide, insecticide, fungicide, etc.) you need to be certified as a private applicator, explained Buyung Hadi, SDSU Extension pesticide applicator training and urban entomology specialist.

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There are three options to get certified.

1. Applicants many attend a 3-hour recertification class at any private applicator certification site.

2. Applicants may stop by at a regional extension center or local Extension office and pick-up the materials to complete an open-book, home-study exam.

3. Applicants may take a private applicator exam online at the Department of Agriculture website at

Why do you need to become certified?

“First and foremost, it’s the law, but certification gives you the tools to apply pesticides properly, safely, and profitably,” Hadi said.

Certification is good for 5 years and allows applicators to buy and apply general and restricted-use pesticides. During the trainings, SDSU Extension personnel will cover the South Dakota rules and regulations about applying pesticides.

There is no charge for attending the private applicator class or taking the open-book home-study exam to become certified or recertified as a private pesticide applicator.

Certification classes in the area include:

  • Jan 13: 1:30 p.m., 325 S. Monroe St., Winner, Ruth Beck presenting;
  • Jan 28: 1 p.m., Fire Hall, Presho, Bob Fanning presenting;
  • Feb. 5: 1 p.m., Civic Center, Burke, Fanning presenting;
  • Feb 10: 1 p.m., 325 S. Monroe St., Winner, Fanning presenting;
  • March 6: 1 p.m., Fire Hall, Tripp, Connie Strunk;
  • March 13: 9 a.m., 4-H fairgrounds, Tyndall, Strunk presenting;
  • March 17: 9 a.m., 4-H building, Howard, Strunk presenting;
  • March 20: 1 p.m., MTI Tech Center, 1800 E. Spruce, Mitchell; Strunk presenting.