Private Pesticide Training Scotts Bluff/Morrill Counties

The Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in concert with Extension Specialists, Extension Educators, and Extension Assistants provides educational and training programs that address health, the environment, economic well-being, and pesticide safety. 

Licensed private pesticide applicators can buy and use restricted-use pesticides in their own farming operations after completing this training.

Main topics of training include Nebraska's pesticide laws and regulations, the pesticide label, personal safety, the worker protection standard, environmental protection, integrated pest management, pesticides and application, application equipment, equipment calibration, pesticide drift awareness near sensitive sites like apiaries and vineyards, how to use the Driftwatch website, and control options for prairie dogs and pocket gophers, and strategies to reduce chances of developing weed populations resistant to herbicides.

To reserve space for each session, or for more information, call the local Extension office listed after each date. The cost of training is $40. Applicators whose permits are due for renewal should have received a letter from the State Department of Agriculture. They can bring that letter to the training session and avoid having to fill out an application form. 

Private pesticide licenses also can be obtained by completing an online course. Pesticide applicators can purchase access to the online course via and going to the Pesticide Education section. Cost of the course is $60. Those who complete pesticide applicator training then need to apply to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture for a three-year license card for a $25 fee.

Local Trainings available in 2018:
Thursday, January 18 Sidney - South Platte NRD 9:30a.m.
Wednesday, January 24 Alliance - Box Butte Co. Extension Office 8:30a.m.
Wednesday, January 24 Alliance - Box Butte Co. Extension Office 1:00p.m.
Thursday, January 25 Scottsbluff - Panhandle Research & Extension Center 1:00p.m.
Tuesday, January 30 Kimball - 4-H Building 1:00p.m.
Wednesday, January 31 Chadron - 4-H Building/Fairgrounds 1:00p.m.
Thursday, February 1 Bridgeport - Prairie Winds Community Center 1:00p.m.
Thursday, February 1 Chappell - Buckley Trust Building 1:00p.m.
Wednesday, February 7 Rushville - American Legion 1:00p.m.
Wednesday, February 14 Crawford - Heritage Seed 1:00p.m.
Thursday, February 15 Oshkosh - Wesleyan Church 1:00p.m.
Wednesday, February 21 Mirage Flats - St. Peter's Lutheran Church 1:00p.m.
Wednesday, March 7 Harrison - Sioux county Courthouse 1:00p.m.
Wednesday, March 21 Alliance - Box Butte County Extension Office 1:00p.m.
Thursday, April 5 Scottsbluff - Panhandle Research & Extension Center 1:00p.m.