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Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Workshops in NW MN

Soybean field ready for pesticide application.

You need to renew your private pesticide applicator certification in 2020 if you:

  • Apply pesticides to land or sites you own, rent or lease for production of agriculture commodities and
  • Plan to use Restricted Use Pesticides and
  • Reside in the state of Minnesota and
  • Your certification expires in 2020

Recertification workshops scheduled for our area include:

  • February 7 - Youngquist Auditorium, NW Research & Outreach Center, U of MN Crookston Campus, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • February 19 - Northland Community & Technical College Theater, Thief River Falls, 1:00 pm- 4:30 pm
  • February 25 - McIntosh Community Center, McIntosh 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The agenda at the Ada location begins with a Small Grains Update program. Attendance for the entire program is required to obtain recertification. Lunch will be provided.

  • January 22, Ada Event Center (Formerly VFW Hall) 9:00 am - 2:30 pm, Ada, MN.  Includes Lunch.  To assist with program and meal planning pre-registration is strongly encouraged at least 5 days prior to the event you plan on attending. To register for this event please click here. You can also register by calling Heidi Purrington at the Norman County Extension Office, 218-784-5550

For a complete listing of workshops offered throughout the state, check the U of MN Pesticide Safety and Environmental Education website or call the Farm Information Line at 1-800-232-9077.  In case of inclement weather, please check these sources for any weather-related updates.      

Workshop topics will include:

  • Pesticide Laws and Regulations
  • Transportation, Storage and Emergencies
  • Herbicide Residuals and Cover Crops
  • Laundering Pesticide Contaminated Clothing
  • Current Crop/Pest Issues and Integrated Pest Management

Registration for the recertification workshops will be taken at the door and no pre-registration is required.  Anyone attending a workshop for recertification must bring a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.  Bringing your Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Card will assist in the registration process as well. 

Attending a recertification workshop renews your certification for 3 years.  Please note you must attend the entire workshop to meet recertification requirements.

For those who are unable to attend a workshop or would rather retest for recertification, two other options exist.  You may either complete the test as a home study course (books and tests available at most County Extension Offices) or you may complete the test on-line at

The cost to recertify, either by attending a recertification workshop or retesting, is $75.  A farmer who is not currently certified (i.e. becoming certified for the first time or their certification expired in 2019 or earlier) is required to first take the test to become certified.

Note these workshops are separate from the additional training required for certified applicators who wish to apply dicamba formulations onto dicamba-tolerant soybeans in 2020.  Check the Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Association website at for more information regarding these sessions.  If you plan to apply paraquat, see for more details on additional training requirements as well.

Please contact Angie Peltier, Extension Educator, Crookston Regional Extension Office  (218-281-8692, or if you have any questions or need further information about these workshops.