SDSU Extenison to hold pesticide applicator trainings

SDSU Extension photo: A farmer sprays his field with pesticides. The SDSU Extenion is holding a series of private pesticide applicator trainings across the state.

BROOKINGS – SDSU Extension will host private pesticide applicator trainings throughout South Dakota beginning in early January through March. 

For counties in the Register coverage area: 

• The Moody County training was Jan. 3 in Flandreau

• The Kingsbury County training is Jan. 24 at 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., 4-H Building (107 Lyle Ave NE, De Smet)

•  The Lake County  training is Feb. 10 at 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Lake County 4-H Center (1000 S Egan Ave, Madison)

• The Brookings County training is Feb. 18 at 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., McKnight Community Hall (228 W Main St., White)

• Codington Coutnty Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 at 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., County Extension (1910 W Kemp Ave, Watertown)

According to the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, private applicator certification is required before an agricultural producer can purchase or use a restricted use pesticide. Additionally, any producer who has the potential of producing more than $1,000 of an agricultural commodity must be certified to use any pesticide. 

During the trainings, SDSU Extension personnel will cover the South Dakota rules and regulations about applying pesticides. Depending on the location, local pest management issues, insect pests, weeds or plant diseases will also be discussed. 

Private applicator certification and re-certification must be obtained every five years by attending a training meeting or taking an exam online at Department of Agriculture’s website.

Pre-registration is not necessary and there is no charge to attend a certification training. A valid government-issued photo ID is required to complete the training. Expired or current private applicator certification cards with a barcode number and/or the renewal postcard received in the mail should be brought if possessed. 

For more information, contact Amanda Bachmann, pesticide education and urban entomology field specialist, by email or 605-773-8120.

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