About the Program
Responsible management of pests and pesticides is essential from the perspective of public health, as well as healthy functioning ecosystems.
For many Minnesota industries, pest management is important: crop and livestock production, forestry, turf, horticultural plants, fisheries, food processing, waste management, transportation of commodities, and tourism.
In sensitive public and urban areas, such as parks, golf courses, schools, stores, homes, lakes and rivers, and business offices, pest and pesticide management are important for both economic and aesthetic reasons. Additional expertise and knowledge is required to protect the public.
Pesticide safety and security, of which education and outreach play a central role, have emerged as recognized priorities for national security.
We train Minnesota farmers and other agricultural commodity producers, and offer certification courses for professional pesticide applicators.
Our goals are to:
- enhance public health and environmental quality.
- improve the health and safety of pesticide application workers and their families.
- encourage and facilitate producers, industry, government, natural resource managers, and the public to adopt economically and environmentally sound pest and pesticide management practices.
- facilitate public discussion of pesticide related issues.