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Private pesticide applicator license recertification

By RORY LEWANDOWSKI OSU Extension Wayne County Published: December 31, 2016 5:00 AM

I have had some questions about private pesticide license recertification meetings. OSU Extension Wayne and Holmes Counties will again be collaborating to provide private applicator pesticide recertification and fertilizer certification in 2017. Every year there are questions about the cost of the recertification program and the license renewal fee. There is a $35 charge for recertification training. This is in addition to the $30 that gets sent to the Ohio Department of Agriculture for license renewal.

Pre-registration, including sending in your $35 pesticide recertification fee, is encouraged to help get you through the sign-in process quicker and to allow us to better plan for number of handout materials. Pre-register by contacting the Wayne County Extension office at 330-264-8722 and providing your name, address and phone number. Applicators are encouraged to arrive 15 to 20 minutes before the advertised program starting time, to allow for sign-in and picking up handout materials. Please remember to take your pesticide license with you to the training session. You will need it to fill out the Ohio Department of Agriculture form.

Private pesticide applicator recertification training is scheduled as follows:

-- Jan. 26: As a part of Shearer Equipment John Deere Day; 9 a.m.-noon at Shisler Conference Center, OARDC in Wooster, sponsored by Shearer Equipment John Deere. Training will be provided in Core and categories 1, 2 and 6.

-- Feb. 10: Fisher Auditorium, (North Exhibit Area) OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, 12:45-3:45 p.m. Training in Core and categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

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-- Feb. 14: Mount Hope Auction Barn, 8076 State Route 241, 12:45-3:45 p.m. Training in Core and categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

-- Feb. 17: Farmerstown Auction Barn, 2807 State Route 557, Baltic, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Arrive by 12:15 for registration so the recertification training can begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Training in Core, and categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

-- Feb. 21: Sprunger Building, Kidron Auction, 13071 Emerson Road Kidron, 12:45-3:45 p.m. Training in Core and categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

-- March 10: Special no technology session, no videos or powerpoint. Kidron Fire House, 4772 Kidron Road, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Arrive by 12:15 p.m. for registration so recertification training can begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Training in Core and categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

For more information, contact the Wayne County Extension office at 330-264-8722 or check the Wayne County Extension website at: http://go.osu.edu/agwayne.

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Fertilizer Applicator Certification

Fertilizer certification is needed if you apply commercial fertilizer (not manure) to more than 50 acres. Fertilizer applied through the planter box as a starter fertilizer is not included in this requirement. The certification requirement is for both private and commercial applicators of fertilizer (not manure).

I am encouraging farm operations to make sure the next generation gets their fertilizer certification. Additionally, Extension educators have been told that after the 2017 year, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is considering going to a test option to certify new applicators. As it stands now, attending a two- or three-hour training without a test is what is required to become certified.

Anyone who has a pesticide applicator license (private or commercial) needs to attend a minimum of a two-hour fertilizer certification training. Applicators may also attend a three-hour program to get certified. There is no additional fee to get the fertilizer certification for anyone who already has a pesticide applicator license.

Anyone who needs fertilizer certification who does not have a pesticide applicators license will need to attend a three-hour fertilizer certification training and pay $30 to ODA for the fertilizer applicator certification.

Wayne and Holmes County Extension have the following fertilizer certification training sessions scheduled:

Two-Hour Certification (Must already have a pesticide applicators license)

-- Feb. 10: Fisher Auditorium (North exhibit area) OARDC campus in Wooster, 10 a.m.-noon. No charge.

-- Feb. 14: Mount Hope Auction Barn, 8076 State Rtoue 241, 10 a.m.-noon. No charge.

--Feb. 21: Sprunger Building, Kidron Auction, 13071 Emerson Road, 10 a.m.-noon. No charge.

Call the Wayne County Extension office at 330-264-8722 to pre-register for these fertilizer certification sessions. Take your pesticide applicator license number with you to the training.

Three-Hour Certification: For those who do not have a pesticide applicator license or for those with pesticide applicator license:

-- Jan. 26: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at Shisler Conference Center, OARDC in Wooster. Sponsored by Shearer Equipment John Deere as part of Shearer Equipment John Deere Day.

-- Feb. 24: Fisher Auditorium OARDC campus, Wooster, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

-- March 28: Kidron Firehouse, 4772 Kidron Road, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Call the Wayne County Extension office at 330-264-8722 to pre-register for these fertilizer applicator certification sessions.

 

Rory Lewandowski is an OSU Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources educator and may be reached at 330-264-8722.


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