News & Events

COVID-19 Updates

Visit our COVID page for updates on how closures are affecting our programming and the pest control industry.

Will private pesticide and May fertilizer deadlines be extended?

With the signing of House Bill 197, Ohio’s COVID-19 emergency response legislation, the March 31, 2020 deadline for private pesticide applicators (farmers) and the May 31, 2020 deadline for agricultural fertilizer certificate holders to renew their license and get training has been extended. 

The deadline is now 90 days after the state of emergency Executive Order ends or December 1, 2020, whichever comes first.

All in-person OSUE events are cancelled or postponed through at least May 15. We will continue to update you as meetings are scheduled.

List N:  Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2, Coronavirus

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing an expanded list of EPA-registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The list contains nearly 200 additional products—including 40 new products that went through the agency’s expedited review process. The agency also made key enhancements to the web-based list to improve its usefulness.   Read More Here.

Note: Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement by EPA. There may be additional disinfectants that meet the criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2. EPA will update this list with additional products as needed.

2020 Commercial New Applicator Trainings

NOTE:  April 15 and May 13 are offered as on-line webinars. There will be NO trainedservice person certificates granted with these trainings.

Choose the date below for event information and registration:

February 19
March 25

April 15** This course will be held as an on-line webinar. If you have pre-registered, we will be contacting you with more information.
May 13** This course will be held as an on-line webinar. If you have pre-registered, we will be contacting you with more information.
August 19
October 7

General Pest Control (Category 10a and Core): March 24 - 25 *This will be held as a webinar for everyone who pre-registered. You will receive more information in the next coming days.

Wood Destroying Insect Inspection - New Dates

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Updates to WDI Reporting

Understanding Pesticides in Organic and Conventional Crop Production Systems (pdf)
Protecting Pollinators While Using Pesticides (pdf)
Choosing a Pesticide Product (pdf)

PEP-Talk, September 2018

Volume 21 / Issue 1

In this Issue:
Glyphosate and Cancer in the News Again
New Requirements for Paraquat
Chlorpyrifos History and Current Status Ohio Sensitive Crop Registry

Dicamba Restrictions

Anyone that mixes, loads or applies Xtendimax, FeXapan, Engenia or Tavium in Ohio must be a licensed applicator:   Exam Preparation Courses Here


  • Take annual dicamba specific training (see below)
  • Maintain specific records
  • Apply only when wind speeds are below 10 mph, but above 3 mph
  • Apply between 1 hour after sunrise and and 2 hours before sunset, never during a temperature inversion
  • Survey surrounding area for sensitive crops and apply buffers accordingly
  • Use only approved nozzles (See List Here)

EPA's Dicamba Training Requirements
Precautions for Dicamba Use in Xtend Soybeans (Purdue Extension Factsheet)
Recordkeeping Template

Dicamba-Specific Training 

In-Person Training (Monsanto)

February 18, 2020:  Columbus
February 19, 2020:  Lancaster
Februray 20, 2020:  Payne
February 26, 2020:  Waldo
March 3, 2020:  Circleville
March 10, 2020:  Wilmington
March 12, 2020:  Lima

Online Training (DowDupont)
Online Training (BASF)
Online Training (Monsanto)
Online Training (Syngenta)

*ANY dicamba-specific training will meet the training requirement to apply Xtendimax, Engenia,  FeXapan or Tavium regardless of which company (BASF, Monsanto, Dupont or Syngenta) sponsored the meeting.  Ohio Will also accept training from IN, MI, KY, PA & WV.  

Xtendimax Application Requirements
FeXapan Application Requirements
Engenia Application Requirements
Tavium Application Requirements


2016 Changes in the Federal Worker Protection Standard

Commercial Applicator Recertification Opportunities

Click here for information about upcoming opportunities


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Ohio Pesticide Safety Education Program provides training, education, and outreach to pesticide applicators about the safe, proper, and legal use of pesticides. The program works with farmers, businesses, and public agencies to protect human health and the environment and serves as a critical part of job training and business growth in Ohio.