PUTNAM COUNTY — Farmers often fulfill their continuing education
requirements for various regulatory licenses during the winter months.
Most of these licenses or certificates have to be renewed every three
Ohio private pesticide licenses expire in the year of renewal on March 31.
County will have two opportunities for farmers to receive their
continuing education and license recertification for Pesticide License
and Ohio Ag Fertilizer Certification: Thursday, Feb. 9 and Tuesday,
March 21. The February meeting will be from 9 a.m. to noon (PAT) and 1
p.m. to 3 p.m. (Ag Fertilizer). The March meeting will be from 3 to 6
p.m. (PAT) and 7 to 9 p.m. (Ag Fertilizer).
Both meetings will be held at the Ottawa American Legion Hall, 218 West Main Street, Ottawa. Pre-registration is not required.
pesticide applicator training has an educational fee of $35 to cover
program and educational costs, which may be paid at the door to Ohio
State University Extension. The Ohio Department of Agriculture will
request an additional $30 fee for the license, which will have to be
mailed to ODA.
Farmers who apply their own fertilizer to more than
50 acres of cropland will also have to complete a fertilizer
agricultural certification training program before Sept. 30, 2017. This
regulation was part of legislation that was passed in 2014 in response
to algae blooms in Lake Erie.
The regulation recognized farmers
that already have a private pesticide applicator license. For these
farmers, they only needed to complete a two-hour fertilizer program to
become certified. Farmers without a private pesticide applicator license
need to complete three hours of training.
The Extension office
will offer a three-hour fertilizer training program at the Extension
Office meeting room from 1 to 4 p.m. April 11. A two-hour program will
be offered to farmers with a private pesticide applicator license on the
same date as the pesticide recertification programs.
There is no
cost for the fertilizer training. However, ODA will have a $30
certification fee for individuals who do not already have a private
pesticide applicator license.
Individuals who do not complete the
fertilizer certification training by Sept. 30, 2017, may be required to
pass a written examination to become certified in the future.