Private Applicators are farmers and ranchers who use pesticides on their farm or ranch to produce an agricultural commodity. No changes are proposed to the Private Applicator license term (5 years), license fee ($15), or Continuing Education requirement (5 CEUs).
The changes that would affect Private Applicators are:
- Minimum age requirement. NMDA is proposing that individuals must be 18 years of age before they can apply for a license, unless they are employed by a parent or guardian. The Director would be able to make exceptions to this.
- Categories formalized. These categories are in use currently, but would be defined by this rule change.
- Private, Restricted Agricultural Pesticides (PRAP) – the basic Private Applicator certification, allows purchase and use of restricted herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, fungicides, etc.
- Private, Restricted Rodenticides Only (PRRO) – allows purchase and use of only restricted rodenticides.
- Private, M-44 device (PM44) – allows purchase and use only of M-44 devices.
- Private, LPC (PLPC) – allows purchase and use only of LPC devices