Every year, local Agricultural Extension Agents hold recertification classes for area private pesticide applicators. This year, over 80 participants attended the regional course offered.

The type of pesticide applications a person can perform is dependent on the applicator's certification. In order to purchase and use any restricted use pesticide, you must be recertified every two years by Extension Agents or the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences (VDACS). Topics that must be taught at a recertification course include pesticide safety, federal and state legal updates, and pest management and application technology.

Through maintaining pesticide licensees, local farmers and nurserymen are accountable with VDACS to follow laws set by the state and the nation (EPA). Keeping pesticide applicators certified insures that pesticide applicators are equipped with the right tools and knowledge to safely and properly apply pesticides. In turn, the environment and area residents are protected from harmful effects that can result from pesticides being applied incorrectly. To become certified or recertified as a private pesticide applicator, please contact your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office at 804-769-4955 (King William County), or 804-785-5979 (King & Queen County).