December 22, 2016 - 11:03am -- Anonymous

Private Pesticide Applicator License Recertification 2017

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 in to ODA 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 bring your pesticide license with you to the training session.  You will need it to fill out the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) form.

Private pesticide applicator recertification training is scheduled on the following dates and at the following locations: 

  • Thursday, January 26:  As a part of Shearer Equipment John Deere Day; 9:00 am - 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.
  • Friday, February 10: Fisher Auditorium, (North Exhibit Area) OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave. in Wooster.  12:45 pm to 3:45 pm.  Training in Core and categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.
  • Tuesday, February 14:  Mt. Hope Auction Barn, 8076 St. Rt. 241, Mt. Hope from 12:45 pm to 3:45 pm.  Training in Core and categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.
  • Friday, February 17: Farmerstown Auction Barn, 2807 St. Rt. 557, Baltic, from 12:30 pm until 3:30 pm.  Please arrive by 12:15 for registration so that the recertification training can begin promptly at 12:30 pm. Training in Core, and categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.
  • Tuesday, February 21: Sprunger Building, Kidron Auction, 13071 Emerson Rd, Kidron, from 12:45 pm to 3:45 pm.  Training in Core and categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.
  • Friday, March 10: Special no technology session, no videos or power point.  Kidron Fire House, 4772 Kidron Rd, Kidron, from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.  Please arrive by 12:15 pm for registration so that the recertification training can begin promptly at 12:30 pm. 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 web site at: http://go.osu.edu/agwayne.

 

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 that the next generation gets their fertilizer certification.  Additionally, Extension educators have been told that after the 2017 year, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is considering going to a test option to certify new applicators.  As it stands now, attending a 2 or 3 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 2 hour fertilizer certification training. Applicators may also attend a 3 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 that does NOT have a pesticide applicators license will need to attend a 3 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:

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

  • Friday February 10:  Fisher Auditorium (North exhibit area) OARDC campus in Wooster, from 10:00 am to Noon.  No charge for this certification. 
  • Tuesday February 14: Mt. Hope Auction Barn, 8076 St. Rt. 241, Mt. Hope from 10:00 am to Noon.   No charge for this certification.
  • Tuesday February 21: Sprunger Building, Kidron Auction, 13071 Emerson Rd, Kidron from 10:00 am to Noon.  No charge for this certification. 

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

 

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

  • Thursday, January 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. 
  • Friday, February 24: Fisher Auditorium OARDC campus, Wooster from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.
  • Tuesday, March 28:  Kidron Firehouse, 4772 Kidron Rd, Kidron.  12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

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