Agricultural fertilizer applicator certification set

| December 30, 2014

COSHOCTON – Recently a new Ohio law was 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 comes from 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 2015 Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training will be Tuesday, March 3 at the Frontier Power Community Room beginning at 6 p.m. There is no cost for this program. Those with a current Private Pesticide Applicator License are required to obtain two hours of training to obtain Fertilizer Application Certification (6 to 8 p.m.) Those without a valid Pesticide License are required to fill out an application form, pay a $30 application fee to Ohio Department of Agriculture, and attend a three hour training session (6 to 9 p.m.)

Another opportunity to obtain Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training will be at the Coshocton & Muskingum Counties Agronomy School on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. The cost for Agronomy School is $30. Those attendees who have a Pesticide License are required to attend from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will receive credit for two hours of training that is needed for Fertilizer Applicator Certification. Registration information for Agronomy School can be found at coshocton.osu.edu.

Visit pested.osu.edu for information or contact Emily Adams, OSU Extension Educator with questions at 622-2265 or [email protected].

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