Missouri ag producers who need to obtain or renew a private pesticide applicator license to purchase restricted-use pesticides can attend an on-line Zoom class or complete a worksheet based on the training manual, according to Pat Miller, University of Missouri Extension agronomist. The manual is optional to purchase for the Zoom classes. The Zoom classes are offered state-wide and there are a number of dates and times available through the summer. Producers can register for the Zoom classes at the following link: https://extension.missouri.edu/programs/pesticide-applicator-training Miller will be teaching the July 15 Zoom class but producers can attend any of the classes taught by MU specialists across the state.
Producers choosing the worksheet option will need to use the manual, which is still the 2007 M87. Manuals can be purchased or ordered through your local Extension Center. Manual costs have gone up considerably so if you are recertifying and already have a manual, you can avoid purchasing one. For the worksheet option, contact MU Extension agronomy specialist, Pat Miller, or your local Extension Center.
There is no longer an option to view a video at the Extension Center to complete the training. This class also completes the EPA worker protection training program for ag employees who handle pesticides. Miller reminds producers that if their license expired in May, 2021 or earlier, they will need to use the form for a new license instead of the one for recertification.
If ag producers have questions or need more information, contact Pat Miller, agronomy specialist, at 417-448-2560. University of Missouri Extension programs are open to all.