This is a renewal notice postcard I received from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture letting me know my Private Pesticide Applicator Certification (PPAC) expires on March 1, 2020. Many other farmers also received this notification if their PPAC expires this year. Farmers need a valid PPAC to purchase and apply restricted use pesticides. Farmers PPAC's are good for 3 years and them must be renewed.

Farmers have 3 ways to renew their PPAC. You can go to a Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification workshop. The workshops are lead by the University of Minnesota Extension Service. This is a very popular way for farmers to recertify because agronomic information is included in the recertification. If farmers are there at the beginning through the end they will be recertified.

Farmers can also take an online test to get recertified. The final option is to stop by the local University of Minnesota Extension Service, pay for the booklet, take the test and send in the answer sheet and wait to see if you passed. Farmers pay for the recertification program as the Private Pesticide Certification fee is $75.