Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Trainings Scheduled In Northwest Iowa

Primghar, Iowa — Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist Joel DeJong will host three Private Pesticide Applicator recertification trainings in Northwest Iowa during July and August. The trainings were canceled earlier this spring due to COVID-19, at which time the recertification deadline was extended to Dec. 31, 2020.

DeJong says that the following trainings are being planned to allow for social distancing and appropriate precautions:
Thursday, July 23, 7:00 p.m. – First Presbyterian Church, Sibley; Call 712-754-3648 to pre-register.
Tuesday, July 28, 7:00 p.m. – Community Center, Primghar; Call 712-957-5045 to pre-register.
Monday, Aug. 3, 1:30 p.m. – Forster Community Center, Rock Rapids; Call 712-472-2576 to pre-register.

Pre-registration at least two days in advance of each training is required. DeJong encourages individuals to register early as there will be a maximum number of registrants accepted for each site to conform with social distancing requirements.

Individuals who do not feel comfortable attending large group gatherings should contact their local ISU Extension and Outreach office to set up an appointment to view the recorded private pesticide training video in their county office.

DeJong said that all private pesticide applicators who did not get their continuing education done before April 15, 2020, were given an extended deadline of Sept. 30, 2020. The three trainings scheduled for July and August are intended to enable producers to meet that Sept. 30 deadline. However, DeJong reminds applicators that they will still need to attend an upcoming winter program beginning in December if they choose the option of continuing education for their annual certification.

For more information, contact DeJong at 712-546-7835 or



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