Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Class

Preregistration is required by March 18, 2019. Registration fee is $30/per person. There must be 10 people registered in order to proceed with the training. Make checks payable to OSU Extension, and mail to Brown County OSU Extension, 325 W. State St., Bldg. B, Georgetown, OH 45121. If you have any questions, please call James Morris at 937-378-6716 or email .

Instructor:  Brad Bergefurd, OSU Extension Educator,OSU Fruit and Vegetable Team Member

Topics Include:

•Water Quality
•Worker Training, Health & Hygiene
•Manure and Compost Handling
•Domestic and Wild Animals
•And More

Note…Attending the OSU GAPs class does not equate to being ‘GAPs Certified’ or fulfill the FSMA 7-hour training requirement but it does give you the skills and knowledge to better protect your farm products from contamination.

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Training

BQA will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at the Union Stockyards in Hillsboro at 5:30 p.m.

Questions, or just to let us know you are coming, contact James Morris, Brown County Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resource, at 937-378-6716 or email


Private Applicator License Renewal

A private applicator license is good for 3 years and expires on March 31.

Once you receive a license, you must keep it current. Private applicators can attend local re-certification classes. James Morris can re-certify only private applicators, not commercial.

If you are up for renewal you will receive a letter from the Ohio Department of Agriculture about renewing your private applicator license. The cost for renewal is $30 (this is separate from the fee for the 3 hour class). The $30 fee is to be paid to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Please be sure to mail that payment to ODA along with any other forms that may be included in the mailing. Your license will be renewed once the $30 payment and all forms are returned to ODA and you have completed the re-certification program.

If you have questions you may call James Morris at (937) 378-6716 or e-mail

2019 Private Applicator License Renewal Dates in  Brown County:

January 15, 2019 12:30-4:30 pm
Rhonemus Hall
325 W. State St., Georgetown, OH 45121
Fertilizer Recertification 12:30-1:30 pm
Pesticide Recertification 1:30-4:30 pm (Core, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6)
James Morris email:

March 27, 2019 5-9:30 pm
Rhonemus Hall
325 W. State St., Georgetown, OH 45121
Fertilizer Recertification 5-6 pm
Pesticide Recertification 6:30-9:30 pm (Core, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6)
James Morris email:


A private applicator license is needed for farmers/producers who want to apply pesticides for their own use, thus they can’t apply pesticides for hire. In the case of private applicators the license is needed for “restricted” pesticides. When applying pesticides that can be purchased from any farm supply store, local hardware or a big box store, no license is needed unless the pesticide is restricted. Example would be using an herbicide to kill weeds like Roundup.

A commercial applicator license is needed for those applicators who apply pesticides for hire or on public property. Even pesticides that can be purchased without a license cannot be applied on public property like schools, churches, parks, etc. without a commercial license.

If you would like to obtain a license you will need to pass exams in order to do so for either private or commercial. The exams are given throughout the state. Locally, the tests will be given at the Old Y Restaurant. You must pre-register in order to take the exams. You may register by going to or call the Ohio Department of Agriculture at (800) 282-1955. Registration is required due to space limitations.

Study materials are available at or by contacting your local Extension Office.