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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 gm53@msstate.edu. 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.

 

 

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Filed Under: Agriculture, Pesticide Applicator Certification, Coronavirus May 11, 2020

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- There is a new online pathway for agricultural producers and applicators to obtain pesticide use certification.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service Pesticide Safety Education Program, in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC), has launched an online Private Applicator Certification program in Mississippi.

Filed Under: Agriculture, Insects-Crop Pests, Weed Control for Crops, Pesticide Applicator Certification, Weed Control March 6, 2020

The Dicamba Applicator Training required for individuals who plan to apply dicamba herbicide products in Xtend cropping systems is open online and scheduled at several sites across Mississippi.

The online modules are available at http://auxintraining.com.

The face-to-face workshops will be March 16-17 in Tunica, Coahoma, Hinds, Lee and Washington counties.

Filed Under: Agriculture, Farming, Pesticide Applicator Certification, Waste Management February 25, 2020

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Farmers in Monroe and Tunica counties can dispose of unused hazardous agricultural products at two separate events.

The Waste Pesticide Disposal events, organized by the Mississippi State University Extension Service, will accept insecticides, herbicides and fungicides. Household chemicals, rinsates, and empty and bulk containers will not be accepted.

Filed Under: Crops, Pesticide Applicator Certification February 26, 2019

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Dicamba Applicator Training required for individuals who plan to apply dicamba herbicide products in Xtend cropping systems has been opened online and scheduled at several sites in the Delta and north Mississippi.

Filed Under: Pesticide Applicator Certification, Insects, Turfgrass and Lawn Management January 4, 2019

Agricultural professionals are invited to attend the 2019 General Pest Management Workshop Jan. 24 at the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Raymond.

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