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Pesticide Safety and Environmental Education

PSEE provides certification training for professional pesticide applicators and is a resource for related pesticide safety information. 


The EPA announced the revocation of all tolerances for food and feed uses of chlorpyrifos — Unused and unwanted pesticides must be disposed of according to label directions. It is illegal to burn or bury a pesticide. Safely dispose of unwanted and unusable pesticides through the Waste Pesticide Collection Program. Go to the MDA's Pesticides Disposal Information page for locations and the 2022 dates.

EPA dicamba update — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given approval to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) state-specific use restrictions for three dicamba herbicide products during the 2022 growing season in Minnesota.

Programs and training

Commercial, noncommercial applicator

If you apply pesticides on your employer's or customer's land or sites.

Private applicators

If you apply Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP) on your agricultural land.

Structural applicator

If you apply pesticides on, in, under or around structures.

The PSEE team believes that quality education and responsible management of pests and pesticides are essential to public health, safety, and environmental protection.  

We partner with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to provide workshops and other support for private, commercial/noncommercial, and structural applicators that meet the requirements of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Minnesota Statutes Pesticide Control.

We provide education and leadership for anyone who uses pesticides on farms, in buildings, for management of natural resources and landscapes, and at home. We focus on topics of safety, health, security, and environmental protection using integrated pest management and occupational safety frameworks.



The PSEE team


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