Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification Dates Set

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Clermont Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification is set for March 6, 2018.

March 6, 2018 12:30-4:30 pm
Clermont County Fairgrounds, 4-H Hall
1000 Locust St., Owensville, OH 45160
Pesticide Recertification 1:30-4:30 pm  (Categories:  Core, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 )
Fertilizer Recertification 12:30-1:30 pm
Gigi Neal email: 
Phone: 513-732-7070
Register Here

If your pesticide license or fertilizer certification will expire in March 2018, then you need to be at one of these training’s this winter. Recertification courses are offered throughout the state and you are able to attend any one of them to meet the criteria for recertification.

Renewal is a 2 step process.

Step #1: You should have received a letter in the the mail from the Ohio Department of Agriculture. This will have your application for renewal and that must be filled out with payment and mailed back to ODA. If you do not fill out and mail this renewal form back to ODA, you will NOT receive a renewal card, therefore you will not be able to purchase restricted pesticides or fertilizer.

Step #2: Register for the recertification training course offered through OSU Extension. You may register for these courses by clicking here for further information.

Check your recertification status here.

If you have questions, contact your local extension office. Clermont may contact 513-732-7070 or

One more chance for Fertilizer Certification in Southern Ohio

Fertilizer Certification opportunity at North Adams High School starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Round Room.  Call to pre-register at least a week prior at the Adams County, OSU Extension office, 937-544-2339 and ask for Barbie.

Hot off the press (today’s email) ODA intends to have an exam option for FACT certification beginning in 2017. September 30, 2017 is the deadline for Fertilizer Certification, otherwise it will be a test only option similar to pesticide licensure.

Nutrient Education Information (aka. fertilizer certification)

Free rain garden workshop in Clermont County

The Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District and the OSU Extension Office will host a free rain garden workshop from 6-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at Pattison Park, 2228 US 50, Batavia. Experts will offer advice on how to build a rain garden.

Rain gardens are built in shallow depressions that are designed to absorb and filter rain water. They are planted with perennial flowers, shrubs or even trees that soak up rain water and filter it into the ground over a period of one or two days, instead of allowing it to rush off into a storm sewer or ditch.

“Capturing, storing and releasing rain water in a rain garden on your property is a win-win,” said Anne Lyon, Director of Greenacres Water Quality Project.  “It provides water for your trees and it keeps rain water from being transferred via storm drains to another watershed.”

Unlike a wetland, rain gardens are designed to be completely dry after a maximum of two days, so standing water is not a problem.  Homeowners typically build a rain garden in areas where rain water collects during a storm, such as below a roof downspout or in small grassy waterways.

“Rain gardens help remove pollutants carried by storm water runoff and reduce the volume of runoff which can prevent drainage problems downstream. Along with these benefits, they are also an attractive landscape feature,” said John McManus, administrator for the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Food and refreshments will be provided. Anyone interested in attending should register with the Soil & Water Conservation District by calling 513.732.7075.

Master Gardener Volunteers can receive CEU credit for this educational opportunity.


Agriculture Fertilizer Certification Deadline Nearing

Education is the key component of the new fertilizer certification. Farmers will receive research-based training to keep nutrients in the field and available to crops, while reducing nutrients leaving the field. This certification requirement is in response to concern that phosphorous and nitrogen from farm fields contribute to algal blooms in Lake Erie and to the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

OSU Extension, Clermont County is hosting an Agriculture Fertilizer Certification training on August 31, 2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm located at the 4-H Hall on the Clermont County Fairgrounds (1000 Locust Street, Batavia, OH). The 3-hour training will be for individuals who currently have a pesticide license and for those who do not have a pesticide license, but need the fertilizer certification. Registration is open to anyone that still needs this training for Ohio certification before September 30, 2017.

Fertilizer certification is required if you apply fertilizer (other than manure) to more than 50 acres of agricultural production grown primarily for sale. If you hire a co-op or other custom applicator to make your fertilizer applications, you do not need the certification.

While the training course is free, registration is required. You may register at or by calling the office at 513-732-7070. This will be one of the last trainings hosted in the state for Agriculture Fertilizer Certification. If you do not have the fertilizer certification by September 30, 2017, it will be a test option to receive the certification from Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Efforts, in addition to the fertilizer certification, will continue across the state to reduce all nonpoint sources of excess nutrients, both in rural and urban areas. Taking a soil sample is the first step to applying the correct nutrients for the given crop or area to be fertilized.

Best management practices will be the basis of the agricultural fertilizer certification training with a focus on fertilizer applications that have the appropriate: rate, timing, placement and source.

For more information contact Gigi Neal, OSU Extension Clermont County Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, at 513-732-7070 or email