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The Texas Department of Agriculture is designated as the state’s lead agency in the regulation of pesticide use and application.  TDA is responsible for licensing and training pesticide applicators, overseeing worker protection, registering pesticides for sale in the state and working to minimize unnecessary impacts to agriculture while enhancing protection of endangered and threatened species.

The Structural Pest Control Service licenses applicators who apply pesticides in and around structures.

Convenience Testing for Agricultural Pesticide Applicator Exams June 1, 2014
TDA has partnered with PSI Services LLC to administer TDA agricultural pesticide applicator exams which began June 1.  Convenience testing offers more opportunities to test at a date and location convenient to applicators.  Applicants for a license will complete an application and submit license fees to TDA.  After they receive an account number from TDA, they will be able to go to PSI’s web site or call 800-733-9267 and register for the test at one of 22 locations. This will expand the number of testing opportunities, reduce the wait time for exam sessions and increase flexibility and convenience in scheduling exams. 

Please see the information pages for complete information about how to obtain a license. 
     Private Pesticide Applicator                 
    Commercial/Noncommercial/Noncommercial Political Subdivision

   Other Texas Agencies
Texas Feed and Fertilizer Control Service
Regulates fertilizer.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Provides education for consumers, including questions about pests and what pesticide to use  
Landscape Irrigation 
A person who sells, designs, installs, maintains, alters, repairs, or services an irrigation system or consults in these activities must be licensed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
AgriStress 833-877-2474

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TDA News

Wednesday, July 17, 2024, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller proudly joins farmers nationwide in celebrating National Corn Month this July. Texas corn producers plant over 2 million acres of corn annually, contributing a remarkable $1.7 billion to our state’s economy each year. The corn industry supports countless jobs in agronomy, trucking, and logistics. As one of Texas' most versatile crops, Commissioner Miller recognizes that corn boosts our economy and plays an essential role in our daily lives.  [More]
Saturday, July 13, 2024, "I was with President Trump at his rally tonight in Butler, Pennsylvania, I am shocked but unharmed. While I am grateful that  President Trump is safe and appears to have avoided serious injury, I am heartbroken over the tragic loss of an innocent bystander. My thoughts and prayers are with the victim's family as they grieve this senseless tragedy. I pray for the continued safety of President Trump and his family. I pray for our great nation, which deserves better. This incident underscores the need for unity, courage, and for God's favor as we move forward."  [More]
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