NDSU Extension - Griggs County


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February 1

The Extension Connection

By Megan Vig

Private pesticide trainings for certification and recertification are occurring across the state.  There are two types of pesticide certifications, either private or commercial.   A private applicator is “any person who uses, or supervises the use of, any restricted use pesticide for purposes of producing any agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by the person or his employer or, if applied without compensation (i.e. receiving payment) other than trading of personal services between producers of agricultural commodities, on the property of another person.”  Private applicator includes all farms and ranches that produce commodities such as cattle, emu, equine, greenhouse, nursery, fruit, vegetables, or row crops.   

                Private pesticide recertification training for Griggs County will be held Monday, February 4 at the Griggs County Courthouse with registration beginning at 8:30 and training beginning at 9:00 am.  Pre-registration with the Griggs County Extension Office is required.  Please call 797-3312 to save a seat for the training.  Cost is $30.  For those that have never received a certificate, it is recommended to attend the training; in addition to the training, a private applicator must pass a 30 question test.  The certificate is good for 3 years.  To recertify, applicators can attend the training or if unable to attend, pass a 60 question exam to be taken at their local extension office.

                Commercial applicators, any person who engages in application or sale of pesticides or employment of devices, needs to make arrangements with the NDSU Pesticide Program office at 701-231-7180 to request study materials and pay the certificate fee.  They are able to take the commercial exams at their local extension office.  Additionally, recertification trainings in the commercial categories are conducted across the state throughout the year by pesticide program specialist Andrew Thostenson. 


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