FOLEY, Minn. — Farmers with Private Pesticide Applicator Permits (PPA) that expire on March 1, 2020 will need to renew that license for the 2020 growing season. The process to renew your license remains similar to what it has been from previous years. Farmers can renew permits again this year by 1 of 3 options.
1) Attend a “Renewal Workshop” conducted by University of Minnesota Extension staff. Bring an official picture ID such as a driver’s license, your current permit card if you have one, and a check to pay the $75 permit fee. You must arrive on time and stay for the entire workshop. Anyone 15 minutes late or leaves before workshop completion will not get credit for the workshop. You can attend any workshop that is convenient. Workshops are listed in the mailed flyers and at the UMN Extension Pesticide Safety website, https://z.umn.edu/3zv5.
2) Take the written exam that is available at your local County Extension offices. The 19th Edition Manual is the current reference for the exam and is available for $10 at your local County Extension office. Mail the $75 permit fee along with your test answer sheet in the envelope provided.
3) Take the exam online by going to the University of Minnesota Extension website and looking under the Private Pesticide applicators page. The $75 permit fee is paid by credit card and the manual can be viewed online. The online exam will open mid-January.
First time Private Pesticide Applicators or those with permits that expired prior to March 1st 2020 must use option 2 or 3 to be certified. The Private Applicators Permit is for farm operators who are applying restricted use pesticide products on their fields. This includes different herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, and other pest control products labelled “Restricted Use”. Registration for these workshops is not necessary. If you attend the Paynesville PPAT and want lunch, you must call the Paynesville Cooperative at 320-243-3494 and RSVP.
Renewal workshops in Stearns, Benton, and Morrison counties include:
Paynesville, Friday Jan. 24th, 9am to 12:30pm at the Paynesville American Legion, 770 Diekmann Drive.
Call the Paynesville Cooperative at 320-243-3494 and ask for Missy by to RSVP for lunch.
RSVP is required by January 17th to have lunch.
Little Falls, Monday Feb 3rd, 12:30pm to 4:00pm at the Morrison County Government Center, 213 1st Avenue SE.
Holdingford, Wednesday Feb 12th, 12:30pm to 4pm at the City Hall, 420 S Main Street.
St. Augusta, Monday Feb 17th, 12:30pm to 4pm at the St. Augusta American Legion, 1894 247th Street, St. Cloud.
Foley, Wednesday Feb 24, 12:30pm to 4pm at the City Hall, 251 4th Avenue N.
Along with the other workshops, there will also be one renewal workshop focused on fruit and vegetable production. This recertification workshop will take place on Wednesday, January 15th from 1pm to 4:30pm at the St. Cloud Regional Extension Office, 3601 18th St. S Suite 113. Presentations and examples given will be specific to situations involving fruit and vegetable crop production. Please go to this website https://z.umn.edu/2020FruitVegPrivateApplicatorRecert or call one of the office numbers listed to RSVP. Walk-in registration will be taken as well, but preregistration is strongly encouraged for this workshop. Individuals not renewing their license are welcome to RSVP and attend. The fee to attend without renewal is $20.
For questions about the Private Pesticide Applicator Certification process, call the County Extension Office. In Stearns County call 255-6169, in Benton County call 968-5077, and in Morrison County call 632-0161. In case of inclement weather, call either the Farm Information Line at (800) 232-9077, or the coordinating U of M Extension Office before getting on the road. Always use your best judgement with the weather.
— Nathan Drewitz, University of Minnesota Extension
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