Pesticide Safety Education Program

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About the Program

The Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) at New Mexico State University promotes the responsible use of pesticides through educational resources and training. Training covers a broad range of human safety and environmental issues for a statewide target audience of approximately 2,800 private applicators, 2,200 commercial applicators, and 120 pesticide dealers. This is a collaborative effort with the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service (NMSU-CES), New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA), USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The program reaches over 500 individuals annually. Through recertifying 350 current pesticide applicators and training 150 new license holders with an average annual salary of $34,570, this program added or maintained over $17,000,000 to New Mexico's economy. Workshop evaluations indicate that 98% of participants learned a new skill that will assist them when applying pesticides, and 75% of participants learned a new pest or plant management practice that will decrease pesticide use.

CEU Workshops

We conduct 4 workshops annually in New Mexico to provide certified applicators (private, public, and commercial) with information on new and emerging insect, disease, and weed pests in field crops, greenhouse crops, forage crops, fruit and vegetable crops, turf areas, and shade trees and ornamental plantings. These applicators will receive CEU credits required for license renewal.

Prelicense Training

Individuals who wish to become certified to apply pesticides can attend the workshop held in conjunction with each CEU workshop to prepare for licensure. These individuals receive training in pesticide safety, pesticide laws and regulations, sprayer calibration, integrated pest management, and basic principles in entomology, plant pathology, weed science.

Refund Policy

Cancellation requests submitted in writing to the Pesticide Program Manager at least 5 business day before the start of the workshop will receive a full refund. Cancellation requests received less than 5 business days before the workshop will receive a free registration to another NMSU Pesticide Safety Education workshop. No refunds will be issued on the day of or after the start of a workshop.

Upcoming Workshops

Hobbs - Sep. 3, 2020

Deadline: Sep. 1 @ 5 PM

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Farmington - Sep. 24, 2020

Deadline: Sep. 10 @ 5 PM

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Fees: $50 ($60 at-the-door)

  • Current license holders - 5 CEU's available
  • New trainees (pre-license training)

Registration Options:

  1. Online - Credit cards and P-Cards only!
  2. Form - Checks or Purchase Orders (PO's)

Make checks/PO's payable to: NMSU - PSEP and mail to Phillip Lujan at the address below.

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Phillip Lujan
Diagnostician & Pesticide Safety Education Program Manager
Cooperative Extension Service
Department of Extension Plant Service
MSC 3AE, New Mexico State University
P.O. Box 30001, Las Cruces, NM 88001-8001
Phone: (575) 646-1822