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Private Pesticide Applicator License Renewal by March 31st

As March draws to a close farmers should make certain that they have attended the needed pesticide licensing recertification training if their private pesticide applicator license expires on March 31st 2010. In Ohio we have a two-part system for pesticide license renewal: you pay a renewal fee to the Ohio Department of Agriculture and you receive at least three hours of continuing education from OSU Extension. Only a few private pesticide recertification opportunities remain available across Ohio, and the dates will pass rapidly. They are listed at the Pesticide Education web site: then click on private applicator.

Farmers who want add a category, or new applicators, can do so by taking an exam at one of the many Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) testing locations listed at the web site linked from the OSU Pesticide Education website. You can register on-line or by calling ODA before attending a testing session. Their toll free number is 1 800 282-1955.

March 16, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Available

Two private pesticide applicator recertification sessions are available locally in 2010. A private pesticide applicator is a person who produces an agricultural commodity on property they own or rent or on their employer’s property and uses a restricted use pesticide. A private applicator must be recertified every three years to maintain an active license.

The first session will be held in January.

January 26, 2010

Time: 9:00 am

Location: Jr. Fair Building, 1055 S. Washington St.,Van Wert, OH 45891

Categories: Core, 1 (Grain and Cereal Crops), 2 (Forage Crops), 9 (Non-Crop Land), 10 (Stored Grain), 12 (Seed Treatment)

Contact: Andy Kleinschmidt, Extension Educator,, (419) 238-1214

The second session will be held in February.

February 22, 2010

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Jr. Fair Building, 1055 S. Washington St.,Van Wert, OH 45891

Categories: Core, 1 (Grain and Cereal Crops), 2 (Forage Crops), 9 (Non-Crop Land), 10 (Stored Grain), 12 (Seed Treatment)

Contact: Andy Kleinschmidt, Extension Educator,, (419) 238-1214

These recertification sessions do not provide training if you do not have a license. If you do not have a pesticide license, I encourage you to review the process at or contact me at the Van Wert County Extension Office.

A $20 fee will be collected at the door for participation in the pesticide recertification.

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December 23, 2009 at 8:15 am

National Pollution Permit Needed to Apply Farm Pesticides?

The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) governs the applications of pesticides in the U.S. EPA has continuously said that pesticides used in accordance to the label directions for applications to water or near water were permitted under FIFRA and did not need additional permits.

In January, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th District ruled in favor of advocacy groups in a lawsuit the would require a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for any pesticides applied to water bodies or if pesticides could possibly enter the water body after application. This would apply even if the pesticide was labeled for aquatic use or for use near water bodies.

EPA decided not to appeal the decision and instead asked the court for a two-year stay to develop, propose and issue a final general permit for pesticide applicators under NPDES. The stay was granted and the permitting system is to be in place in April of 2011.

The Ohio EPA will be the permitting agency for applications in Ohio. U.S. EPA has indicated irrigation return flows and agricultural runoff will not require NPDES permits as they are specifically exempted from the CWA. The large categories indicated by U. S. EPA that will be required to obtain permits are:

– Mosquito larvicides and adulticides.

– Herbicides to control weeds in lakes, ponds, ditchbanks in agricultural drainage systems, and irrigation systems and other waterways.

– Insecticides used in wide-area insect suppression programs.

– Herbicides used in wide-area control programs directed at aquatic invasive plant species.

– Herbicides, insecticides and other pesticides used in forestry program when applied over waters of the U.S.

– Products applied to kill fish, mussels or other invasive aquatic species.

U.S. EPA has set up a team with members from the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) and the Office of Water (OW) to develop a model permit that can be used by states for the permitting process.

Reprinted from: PEP-Talk, September, 2009

(Sources: Office of Water, U.S. EPA, Wing Beats – trade magazine of the American Mosquito Control Association – Summer 2009 issue, Illinois Pesticide Review – University of Illinois Extension – July/August 2009 issue)

September 16, 2009 at 8:15 am 2 comments

New Rules on Agricultural Pesticide Recordkeeping in Ohio

The new ODA rules on agricultural pesticide recordkeeping have been finalized and are posted on the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s website at:

The new record changes are for licensed, private (non-commercial) pesticide applicators in Ohio.  These changes are simplifications of the previous recordkeeping requirements and should make recordkeeping easier for growers. Previously, Ohio growers had to keep more items than federal law and many other states required. For private applicators, the items now required are the same as the federal recordkeeping requirements and will be consistent with many other state requirements. If growers are using the old recordkeeping requirements, they are NOT out of compliance–they will just be keeping more items than are now required. We plan to develop some new outreach materials. Below are the new requirements.

Private applicator restricted use records must be kept for three years and must include:

(a) The responsible private applicator’s name and license number
(b) The brand or product name and EPA registration number of the restricted use pesticide applied
(c) The total amount of the restricted use pesticide applied
(d) Location and/or field number for area treated and total area or acreage treated
(e) Crop treated
(f) Month, day and year of application

Note: Under the new rules, if a grower applies either a general use or restricted use pesticide for a neighbor under the neighbor exemption (Revised Code 921.26 (D)) he/she must record this information for all applications.

However, we always recommend that growers keep records of all their pesticide applications whether required by law or not.

April 30, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Pesticide Recertification Offered March 4

On March 4, 2009, a state approved recertification training will be held beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Delphos Jefferson High School.  This training program will recertify private pesticide license holders in Ohio.  The training is targeted to those license holders whose license expires in 2009, but any private pesticide license holder may attend.

Recertification will be offered in the following categories: Core, Grain and Cereal Crops (1), Forages (2), Noncropland (9), Stored Grain (10).  Additional training will be offered immediately following the regular session in the following categories: Livestock (8) and Seed Treatment (12).  Registration is not required.  A $15 fee will be collected at the door to cover the training.  Questions may be directed to the Van Wert County Extension Office at 419-238-1214.  Other recertification sessions offered in Ohio may be located here:

This training does not prepare individuals to take the exam to receive a private pesticide license. If you are interested in obtaining a private pesticide license, please visit

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February 25, 2009 at 7:00 am

Pesticide License Recertification Available

Farmers who have a Pesticide License that expires in 2009 can attend one of two recertification sessions being offered in Van Wert County.

The morning session will be offered on Thursday, February 5, 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon at the Jr. Fair Building. The evening session will be offered on Wednesday, March 4, 6-9 p.m. at Delphos Jefferson High School. Both facilities are handicap accessible. Each session will offer a full recertification for Core and Category 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, and 12. Additional categories can be scheduled after the recertification session. A $15 fee will be collected at the door, and pre-registration is not required.

If neither session in Van Wert County fits within your schedule, please visit for a list of neighboring counties and their corresponding recertification sessions. Please note that sessions outside of Van Wert County may require pre-registration.

These sessions are for farmers who already possess a private applicators license. Farmers wishing to obtain a pesticide license should visit for more information.

For additional information on pesticide applicator recertification, or for information on obtaining a pesticide license, please contact Andy Kleinschmidt of the Van Wert County Extension Office at 419-238-1214.

January 16, 2009 at 10:42 am


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