Many of you may have received a letter from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture this last week indicating that your certification to use restricted-use pesticides will expire on April 15. As in past years, Nebraska Extension will conduct training sessions that are approved for the renewal of your NDA certificate. In addition, this training will meet the requirements for those needing certification for the first time.

The first private pesticide training sessions of the new year are Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 during the Farm Show, inside the Club Room at Platte County Agricultural Park in Columbus. The Jan. 31 session starts at 1 p.m., while the Feb. 1 session starts at 9:30 a.m. Farmers attending are reminded there is no provision for late entry to the training sessions. Those arriving late will be asked to leave and attend training at a later date.

In addition, training in Platte, Butler and Colfax counties will be held during February, March and April. Training in David City will be held at the Butler County Events Center at the fairgrounds on Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m. and on March 13 at 1 p.m. during the Butler County Ag Expo. Additional training in Platte County includes 1 p.m. Feb. 8 in Lindsay at the Village Office and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Pinnacle Bank east location, 210 E. 23rd St., in Columbus. A clean-up session for the area will be held 6 p.m. April 5 in Schuyler at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

For training programs in surrounding counties, please contact your local Extension office or visit

Preregistration to the pesticide training meetings in the area is not necessary. Attendees only need to bring $40 (cash or check payable to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln) and the bar-coded NDA letter (if they have one) with them to the training.

Upon the completion of your private pesticide applicator training, Extension will mail the application to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. After processing, NDA will send a billing invoice for the $25 state license fee. The license fee covers the three-year certification period. Upon receipt of the license fee payment, NDA will issue your pesticide license card to you.

For more information or assistance, please contact Aaron Nygren, Extension educator, Nebraska Extension in Colfax County, by phone at 402-352-3821 or email at or visit the website for more regional cropping information.