Regulations and requirements for pesticide applicators are getting more rigorous. If you let your private pesticide license lapse there is no more short and fairly easy test to have one reissued. Due to new federal regulations the state has had to develop a better educational tool to make sure that our pesticide applicators are better equipped with the information to help them apply pesticides wisely.
To determine if you have enough hours or need hours you can go to this site. Georgia Department of Agriculture. Type your last name and then make sure the correct license type is selected (either commercial or private). Click the button that says Find Applicators with these criteria. Scroll down and then click on your name. This will take you to a page that lists all of your credit hours, how many you need and when your license expires. It also tells if you attended the applying pesticides wisely training.
If you see that you are short there are online options. These usually cost a certain amount per hour of credit. There are other ways to get credit and one is available to growers on the 17th of this month. Yes that is next Wednesday. From 7:45 to 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday we will be hosting an online webinar that offers up to 2 hours of credit in the following categories. (21, 22, 24, 27, and 10). we will be in the Taylor County Board of Commissioners conference room in Butler Georgia. That is in the government annex building across from the post office.
If you need hours contact our office to let me know you will be attending. 478-862-5496