On Friday, May 1, 2020, Pearson Vue owned test centers in Missouri began operating at 50% capacity with testing priority given to essential services. There are independently owned test centers that remain open as well, however these test centers are able to make the determination when it is safe for them to reopen. For more information and available test centers please click here or call 866-221-6481.
Certified commercial and noncommercial applicators and public operators:
Due to COVID-19 all commercial and noncommercial applicators and public operators with an expiring recertification date during the emergency period will be granted a one (1) year recertification extension to attend a recertification program or reexamine. For a list of approved recertification programs please click here.
Certified commercial and noncommercial applicators and certified public operators will still receive their renewal card in the mail one month prior to license expiration. If your license is due for renewal, please make sure to send the license fee and signed renewal card to the Pesticide Bureau by the expiration date on your license. If you prefer to pay online, you may login to your MOPlants account and do so.
Licensed pesticide technicians will not be granted the extension for retraining credit as they still have the capability of completing 10 hours of classroom training for each category on their license.
Certified private applicators:
Individuals needing to acquire a certified private applicator license or to renew a valid certified private applicator license may obtain initial certification or recertification credit by one of two ways. Individuals may either attend a zoom teleconference training presented by a field agronomy specialist or complete a 25 question study guide, sent in the mail, if broadband or a computer is not accessible. For more information on how to schedule private applicator certification or recertification, please click here or contact your local county extension office.
If you have any questions, please call our office at 573-751-5504 or 573-751-5509. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through this matter!
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Bureau of Pesticide Control
Phone: (573) 751-5504
Fax: (573) 751-0005
The overall goal of the Pesticide Program is to prevent unreasonable adverse effects of pesticide use on human health and the environment while helping assure the availability of pesticides needed to maintain our quality of life. This is accomplished by licensing pesticide applicators and dealers, registering pesticides and performing inspections and investigations in the enforcement of the Missouri Pesticide Use Act and the Missouri Pesticide Registration Act.
The Pesticide Program is administered through the Bureau of Pesticide Control in the Plant Industries Division. The Bureau administers the Missouri Pesticide Use Act and Administrative Rules (281.005 - 281.180 RSMo & 2 CSR 70-25) and the Missouri Pesticide Registration Act (281.210-281.310 RSMo.).
Certification & Licensing
The Missouri Pesticide Use Act establishes requirements for licensing of applicators, dealers, technicians and operators. There are also guidelines for approving applicator training programs. These programs are conducted by the University of Missouri annually. Other programs may also be available. Learn more ...
Enforcement and Inspections
Additionally, the Use Act provides the authority for Enforcement and Inspections under the pesticide program. Many types of investigations and inspections are conducted by Bureau field personnel. Learn more ...
Registering Pesticides in Missouri
The Registration Act provides authority for Pesticide Registration. Other issues that relate to pesticide registration include Special Local Need (Section 24C) registrations, Specific Exemption (Section 18) registrations, and Experimental Use Permits (EUP). Learn more ...
Search a database for certified applicators and dealers, and registered pesticides.
Worker Protection Program
EPA has released a revised version of the Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides How-to-Comply Manual. Learn more ...
Endangered Species Program
In 1988 EPA established the Endangered Species Protection Program (ESPP) to meet its obligations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Learn more ...
Pesticides and Water Quality Program
The Missouri Department of Agriculture, through the Pesticide Program in the Plant Industries Division, works with a variety of state and federal agencies to maintain the high quality of Missouri water. The primary effort is to prevent pesticide-related water quality issues through the education of pesticide users. Should a pesticide-related incident potentially impact water quality, program staff will investigate to determine if state and/or federal pesticide laws have been violated. Efforts may be coordinated with other agencies to determine the appropriate response.
Driftwatch and Pesticide-Sensitive Crops
The Pesticide Program administers the Missouri DriftWatch site, a voluntary, online pesticide-sensitive crop locator service to provide a place where producers of pesticide-sensitive specialty crops, including bees, can map their crop and hive locations. Pesticide applicators can use the site to find sensitive crop locations in an effort to minimize the potential for damaging pesticide drift. For more information about this service visit DriftWatch.
For further information contact the Pesticide Program.