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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.

TDA News

TEXAS AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER SID MILLER ANNOUNCES PESTICIDE COLLECTION EVENT IN MERETA
Monday, April 11, 2022, AUSTIN – Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced a free agricultural pesticide waste collection event that will take place in Tom Green County on Wednesday, April 20th. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has partnered with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to bring this free service to ag producers. The event will run from 8 a.m. to noon at the Lone Star Farmers Cooperative in Mereta, just 20 miles east of San Angelo.  [More]
 
2022 ANNUAL FAMILY LAND HERITAGE PROGRAM OPEN TO APPLICANTS
Wednesday, April 6, 2022, AUSTIN – Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller invited Texas farmers and ranchers to apply for the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Family Land Heritage (FLH) program, which since 1974 has paid tribute to families who have kept their land in continuous agricultural production for at least 100 years. Families are asked to submit their applications for recognition in the 2022 FLH program by Monday, May 2, 2022. At the 47th annual recognition ceremony at the Texas Capitol this fall, Commissioner Miller will honor farms and ranches established in 1922 or earlier.  [More]
 
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