News & Events

2020 Commercial Recertification Trainings

January 9, 2020 (Thursday) - Dayton Convention Center
January 24, 2020 (Friday) - Sandusky, Kalahari Conference Center 
February 12, 2020 (Wednesday) - Akron, John S. Knight Center 
February 27, 2020 (Thursday) - Columbus Convention Center 

Online registration will open October 1.

Paper registration will be mailed in mid November.

Private Core Exam Prep Modules:  Now Available

Clean Sweep - Farm Pesticide Disposal Collection

These pesticide collection services are free of charge for local farmers to properly dispose of unused farm chemicals.  Non-farm chemicals such as paint, antifreeze, solvents and household pesticides will not be accepted.  For addional information, please call the ODA Pesticide and Fertilzer Section at 614-728-6393.

September 24: Wayne County 9 am - 3 pm
Kidron Livestock Auction (behind the barns) 
4885 Kidron Rd. 
Apple Creek, Ohio 44606 


Wood Destroying Insect Inspection - Wednesday October 23, 2019

Register with check or purchase order
Register with a Credit Card

For more information, visit the event page:
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

2019 Commercial New Applicator School Dates

CORE and Categories 5, 6C, 8
February 13
March 20
April 17
May 22
August 21
October 2
Visit event page to register.

General Pest Control (Category 10A) and CORE
March 19 - 20

Three New Factsheets!!

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 or Engenia 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 

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

*ANY dicamba-specific training will meet the training requirement to apply Xtendimax, Engenia, or FeXapan, regardless of which company (BASF, Monsanto, Dupont) sponsored the meeting.  

Xtendimax Application Requirements
FeXapan Application Requirements
Engenia Application Requirements


2016 Changes in the Federal Worker Protection Standard

Commercial Applicator Recertification 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.