Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a certified private pesticide applicator?
To become a certified private pesticide applicator one must attend a scheduled private pesticide applicator certification meeting conducted by one of the MSU-ES county agents. The attendee must complete the application form and pass the certification test. For additional information on a private pesticide applicator certification meeting contact your local county agent's office.
How do I become a certified commercial pesticide applicator?
To become a certified commercial pesticide applicator one must complete and pass two examinations. The first is the General Standards exam and the second exam is in the particular category the applicator selects. The self-study manuals for the examinations can be obtained from Mississippi State University Extension Service (see Study Materials Order Form) or by contacting M. Eugene Merkl, Jr. at 662-325-5829 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment for the self-study manuals may be made online by credit card or mail checks made payable to the MSU Extension Service to M. Eugene Merkl, Jr., Box 9775, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Payment must be received before the manuals are mailed. Individuals on campus can purchase manuals at the Lyle Entomology Complex (Room 103), 100 Old Highway 12, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Payment for the manuals must be made at time of purchase.
How many years does a private pesticide applicator certification last?
The private pesticide applicator certification is good for 5 years. At least 6 months before the expiration of the certification the applicator will need to attend a scheduled certification meeting conducted by the county agent. County agents will notify applicators by news releases, agent letters, and other sources.
How many years does a commercial pesticide applicator certification last?
The commercial pesticide applicator certification is good for 3 years. The applicator must attend a recertification training session or a meeting approved by the Bureau of Plant Industry to be recertified.
What category of commercial applicator training do I need?
The category for which an applicator must be certified depends on the applicator's job and the area for which the application is to be made. For additional information consult the category manuals list.
When are commercial recertification meetings held?
See the Commercial Applicator Recertification Schedules for times and locations of commercial recertification meetings.
YAZOO CITY, Miss. -- Mississippi farmers can safely remove leftover pesticides from their property during a free disposal event on Dec. 16 in Yazoo City.
Insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and other pesticide products can be dropped off at the former Tal Port building located at 2003 Gordon Avenue between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
No household waste, tires, rinsates, empty containers or products in bulk containers will be accepted.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- How to feed the world’s growing population is a continuing challenge for agricultural researchers and producers, and one expert who spoke Thursday at Mississippi State University said pesticides are essential for meeting that challenge.
MISSISSIPPI STATE – Producers accumulate a variety of unused materials on the farm over time, and some of them require special handling for disposal.
A pesticide disposal program has been making clean-up on the farm easier since 1994 by providing a way to get rid of waste pesticides and potentially hazardous materials.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service will hold a waste pesticide collection day July 31 in Tunica County for farmers and pesticide applicators in northwest Mississippi.
The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tunica Gin on Highway 61, one mile south of Tunica. There is no fee to participate.
Waste pesticides are leftover, cancelled, suspended or unusable products. Examples include insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and plant growth regulators. Empty pesticide containers will not be accepted.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Environmentally conscious producers in Panola County got more than 13 tons of waste pesticide off their farms during a one-day collection in March.
The Mississippi State University Extension Service partnered with the state Department of Agriculture and Commerce to offer the Agricultural Pesticide Disposal Program to area producers March 22 in Batesville. A grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality covered the cost of disposal.