December 26, 2019 - 12:31pm -- yoakam.1

Some farmers purchase and use restricted use pesticide products on their growing crops to control weeds and insects. To purchase restricted use pesticides farmers must be trained and licensed in proper application methods. There are approximately 200 farmers in Union County licensed to purchase and apply restricted use agricultural pesticides for private use (non-commercial). Each farmer is required to obtain 3.0 hours of continuing education every three years or take a written examination to maintain a valid license.

Agricultural fertilizer applicator certification for farmers who apply fertilizer to more than 50 acres of agricultural production grown primarily for sale has been a requirement since September 30, 2017. Farmers who have their fertilizer applied by co-ops or custom applicators are not required to be certified. A limited number of three hour courses are still available around the state for those who have not yet been certified.  There will be one held in Richwood, OH on February 12.  Please register online at https://nutrienteducation.osu.edu/trainingopportunities.  One hour fertilizer applicator RE-certification is typically incorporated within the pesticide recertification program.

Pesticide Recertification and one-hour Fertilizer Applicator Recertification opportunities for farmers are available in Union County on February 20, 1:00 pm. at the Union County Services Building and on March 25, 5:30 pm at Richwood Marketing.  Register online at https://pested.osu.edu/privaterecertification. With limited seating capacity at most locations, pre-registration is highly encouraged. For those needing recertification this year watch your mailbox for additional information from Ohio Department of Agriculture.

For more information, please call Wayne Dellinger at the Union County Extension Office at 937-644-8117 or email dellinger.6@osu.edu.