STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19

Due to the state’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Kansas Department of Agriculture will be working on an extremely limited staff beginning March 23. We will continue to operate and provide services with this reduction in staffing, which will likely delay our response time.

If you need assistance during this interim period, please direct your questions to the Pesticide and Fertilizer Program via email, KDA.pestfert@ks.gov or leave a message at 785-564-6688. We will respond as soon as possible.

For more information about the State of Kansas response to COVID-19, please consult the KDHE Resource Center.

Pesticide and Fertilizer Program

Our goal is compliance with Kansas statutes and regulations governing products that are used to control pests or to enhance plant growth. We strive to achieve our goal through compliance assistance and outreach education; complaint investigation; and monitoring inspections. Our program covers the following laws:

Check the Certification Exam Schedule for all cancellations.


If you suspect that a pesticide has been misused (including herbicide drift),
please visit our online Pesticide Complaint Form.

Presentation from Gary Meyer, program manager, May 2019:
Drift, Damage Claims, and Complaint Reporting

** Fees will change July 1, 2019. New fees are as follows:
2018-2019 Pesticide and Fertilizer Fees

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To legally apply any pesticide (even lawn fertilizers with herbicides) for compensation, you must have a Kansas pesticide business license and at least one employee with a Kansas commercial pesticide applicator certification in the appropriate category.

To legally sell any pesticide product, you must have a Kansas pesticide dealer registration and the pesticide product(s) must be registered in Kansas by the manufacturer. In general, all pesticide products must be sold in the unopened, original container with intact labeling. There are exceptions, so give us a call if you have any questions.

To legally sell a fertilizer product or soil amendment, the product must be registered in Kansas. In addition, tonnage fees are assessed on fertilizers based on the amount of product sold to Kansas locations.

To legally apply anything other than water through an irrigation system, requires a chemigation permit for the well(s) and at least one individual with a Kansas chemigation equipment operator authorization.

Any entity (business or individual) storing bulk pesticide(s) or bulk fertilizer(s) in Kansas must comply with our secondary containment laws.

More information on these and other topics is available on subpages of this site. 

If you have questions regarding the status of your initial or renewal application you may contact us at 785-564-6688.