The December 31 deadline for renewal of pesticide certifications is approaching. Earlier this year, pesticide applicators who had expiring certifications in 2020 were given until the end of the year to renew due to the coronavirus pandemic. With the deadline less than a month away, certified applicators who have not already renewed should take advantage of options to maintain their certification.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) has two testing dates and sites available during the month of December with limited seats. There will be three in-person exam periods scheduled per site per day. Each time slot will have applicants scheduled, as determined by site location capacity with social distancing (6 ft). The exam sessions are 90 minutes in length. The first session will start at 9:00 AM. The second exam session will start at 11:00 AM. The third exam session will start at 1:00 PM. The end of the third session will be 2:30 PM.
Visit this link to sign up for testing. Advance registration is required.
Additional information about testing, including alternate testing sites, can be found at
IDALS Online Services - Pesticide Applicators, Grain and Fertilizer
Those who have not yet registered on the site can use the "First time to our site?" link above the login to register.
Also, as reported last month, a new portal has been launched for feed, fertilizer, and egg handling licensing in the state of Iowa. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) Feed and Fertilizer Bureau has moved the application, renewal, and reporting system online.
Anyone who needs to complete reporting for the January 1, 2021 deadline should use the portal. Also, applications and renewals should be handled through the portal as well.
Feed, Fertilizer and Egg Handling Portal:
Licensee who do not have email or internet access or an electronic payment method can contact the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Feed and Fertilizer Bureau at (515) 281-5321 for assistance.