By Dr. Mario Villarino
A private pesticide applicator is someone who uses or supervises the use of restricted-use or state-limited-use pesticides or regulated herbicides to produce an agricultural commodity on:
- Personally owned property;
- Rented property;
- Property owned by his or her employer;
- Property under his or her general control; or
- The property of another person if applied without compensation, other than the trading of personal services between producers of agricultural commodities.
An agricultural commodity is a plant or animal grown for sale, lease, barter, feed or human consumption and animals raised for farm or ranch work.
No license is required to apply general-use pesticides to produce agricultural commodities. The first step in the process is attend a 4-hour training provided at the Hopkins County Extension Office. These trainings are offered four times a year. The dates for 2020 are Feb 12, May 13, Aug. 12 and Nov. 18.
For more information please contact the Hopkins County Extension Office at 903-885-3443 or email me at [email protected]