Pesticide Program Updates and Changes due to COVID-19
Thank you for your patience as the Illinois Department of Agriculture developed an effective and realistic plan for private and commercial pesticide applicator testing and other pesticide issues during this COVID-19 outbreak. The Department has created several new webpages dedicated to specific program updates, which can be found below.
There is now an online testing option for private and commercial pesticide applicators. More information can be found here.
The Department has also created a Frequently Asked Questions page to address the many inquiries about different licenses and expirations, which can be found here.
For an update on Solid Mosquito Larvicide Training, please see this page.
The Department is making every effort to provide timely updates to this page and others. New information is often posted directly on the Department's homepage as well.
The Illinois General Assembly, in the introduction to the Illinois Pesticide Act (415 ILCS 60/1 et seq.) states that:
"The purpose of this Act is to regulate in the public interest the labeling, distribution, use and application of pesticides as herein defined. It is recognized that pesticides are valuable and necessary to Illinois' agricultural production and to the protection of man and his environment from pests, but it is essential to our general health and welfare that they be regulated to prevent adverse effects on man and his environment".
Pesticide Use and Regulation
This section provides a brief overview of the laws regulating pesticides.
Certification and Licensing
Individuals wishing to purchase and/or apply restricted use pesticides in Illinois are required to successfully complete a competency examination and receive a license from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
State-specific labels have been approved for the 2019 growing season, which include additional restrictions beyond the Federal labels. Additionally, Federal label revisions for 2019 require specialized training for users as outlined in this section. More information and a link to training locations and dates can be found in this section also.
The DriftWatch™ Specialty Crop Site Registry is a voluntary communication tool that enables crop producers, beekeepers, and pesticide applicators to work together to protect specialty crops and apiaries through use of the DriftWatch™ registry mapping program.
Agrichemical, lawn care wash water, pesticide application and operations, pesticide misuse and pesticide production and company registration forms.
Commercial Pesticide Applicator/ Operator Training and Testing
State law requires anyone in Illinois applying general-use and restricted-use pesticides in the course of employment be licensed. Persons applying restricted-use pesticides on property they own or control must have a private applicator license. Persons applying general-use pesticides on their own property are exempt from licensing requirements.
Private Pesticide Applicator Training and Testing
The Illinois Department of Agriculture and the University of Illinois Extension provide training and testing for anyone wanting to obtain an Illinois private pesticide applicator's license.
Licensed Pesticide Applicator / Operator / Dealer Search
Individuals recently licensed as private, commercial, commercial not-for-hire, and public pesticide applicators or operators by the Illinois Department of Agriculture can be viewed by using the following search tool. Search by any or all of these criteria.
- Pesticide Product Registration
All products offered for sale within the state of Illinois that make a "pesticidal" claim must be registered with the Illinois Department of Agriculture. As a result, the Department registers approximately 13,000 products from approximately 1200 companies.
- Pesticide Product Search
- Search for currently Illinois registered pesticides.
Pesticide Use and Misuse
Through education about the proper use of pesticide chemicals, the Department works to reduce pesticide misuse and enhance Illinois' agricultural industry.
Pesticide Misuse Complaint Form
The complaint form is provided to assist in the submittal of information associated with an alleged pesticide misuse complaint. Please provide as much information as possible about the incident.
Aerial Pesticide Application Questions and Answers
Aerial application is often the most efficient and most economical way to apply crop protection products, fertilizer and even seed to grow and protect crops such as corn, soybeans and wheat.
Agrichemical Facilities Containment Program
The Department issues permits for the design, construction, and operation of containment structures and systems intended to prevent the release of pesticides and fertilizers at retail agrichemical and lawn care facilities across the state.
Containment Requirements for "On-farm" Agrichemicals
Regulations regarding the proper storage and handling of bulk pesticides and fertilizers were modified in 2002 to require secondary containment of certain on-farm storage containers.
Agrichemical Container Recycling Program
The Department annually cooperates with various segments of the agrichemical industry to operate a plastic pesticide container-recycling program.
Pesticide Clean Sweep Program
The Illinois Department of Agriculture in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Public Health and with funding from the US EPA, annually conducts agricultural/structural pesticide clean sweep program collections for the residents of various counties in the state, depending on the availability of funds.
Groundwater Monitoring Well Network
The Illinois management plan relies on the IDOA's groundwater monitoring well network and the Illinois EPA's public water supply well pesticide-monitoring sub-network to determine the occurrence of pesticides in groundwater and whether there are significant, spatial or temporal trends in pesticide concentrations.