More than 350 farmers and others attended a Sept 12 training program in Archbold

Fertilizer, pesticide certification classes offered statewide

Ohio State University Extension has set up dozens of fertilizer certification classes and combination fertilizer/pesticide application classes for farmers. To help farmers make the best use of their time, Extension is offering many fertilizer certification classes in conjunction with pesticide recertification classes. The classes can be found by clicking on the nine regions listed on the fertilizer certification website. Under Senate Bill 150, anyone who applies fertilizer on more than 50 acres must be certified by 2017. Ohio Farm Bureau?s goal is to have all farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin certified by Earth Day 2015. Ohio Farm Bureau’s early fertilizer applicator certification goal is part of its $1 million comprehensive water quality action plan that aims to improve the state’s waterways. OFBF also plans to help farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin create nutrient management plans, which details responsible fertilizer use, by Earth Day 2016.