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2017 is deadline for agricultural fertilizer applicator certification

| January 3, 2017

COSHOCTON – A new Ohio law has been established regarding the application of agricultural fertilizer. The Ohio Agriculture Nutrients Law requires farmers to obtain certification to apply fertilizer to 50 or more acres of agricultural production grown primarily for sale.

Fertilizer Applicator Certification is not required if you hire a co-op or other custom applicator to make your fertilizer applications, if you apply manure, or if you raise forages like hay, silage, or corn for livestock use on your farm.

There is no testing required for certification. The required education for this certification process is provided through OSU Extension. The deadline to complete this certification by law is Sept. 30, 2017. All certifications will be valid for three years, at which point the applicator will require recertification.

In Coshocton County the 2017 Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training will be Monday, March 13 at the Frontier Power Community Room from 6 to 9 p.m.  There is no cost for this training program. However, those without a valid Pesticide Applicator License are required to pay a $30 application fee to Ohio Department of Agriculture. There is no fee for licensed pesticide applicators.

Please RSVP to the OSU Extension Office at 740-622-2265 or e-mail Emily Adams at [email protected].

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