Nearly every South Dakota farmer who applies pesticide must be certified as a private applicator. In order to become certified, farmers need to either take a take-home certification exam or attend a training session. Exams can be taken at all SDSU Regional Extension Centers and most local County Extension offices, or growers can attend one of several Private Applicator Trainings hosted by SDSU Extension throughout South Dakota.
“Most Extension offices throughout South Dakota offer certification testing,” said Jim Wilson, SDSU Extension Pesticide Education Coordinator. “South Dakota pesticide regulations require that anyone who applies any pesticide in the production of an agricultural commodity, with the gross sales potential of $1,000 or more, on land operated by them or their employer, must be certified as a private applicator. Essentially, that means that nearly every farmer needs to be certified as a private applicator.”
Wilson encourages those interested in PAT testing to schedule their exam with their local County Extension office or Regional Extension Center.
A listing of Private applicator Trainings and their location can be found at http://www.sdstate.edu/ps/
For more information contact the SDSU Plant Science Dept at 605-688-4595.
Source: SDSU Extention