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IDOA Offering Online Pesticide Testing

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) in conjunction with the University of Illinois Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) is now offering the option to take pesticide applicator and operator exams online. All exams are proctored through an exam proctoring service to be compliant with federal certification and licensing guidelines.

The cost for a three-year license remains unchanged, however online testing will include a $12 fee that is paid directly to the proctoring service.  For more information or to enroll for an exam, please visit

In place of traditional in-person pesticide training, the University of Illinois PSEP offers supplemental online training courses to prepare applicators and operators for their exams. For more information visit

For those needing an alternative to online testing, IDOA is offering small capacity, in-person testing for all pesticide exams. Due to COVID social-distancing requirements and occupancy restrictions, there will be limited availability of in-person testing sessions. Please check the IDOA website often at as occupancy restrictions and location availability may change frequently. 

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NREC Phosphorus Runoff Webinar

On March 2, 2016 NREC partnered with Illinois Farm Bureau to present a webinar that highlighted the research conducted by scientists at University of Illinois. The research focused on phosphorus runoff and how fertilizer application methods can impact the rate of runoff. The archived webinar can be viewed using the link below.