Ohio State University Extension is now offering dozens of fertilizer certification classes for farmers. Under Senate Bill 150, anyone who applies fertilizer on more than 50 acres must be certified by Sept. 30, 2017. More than 6,000 applicators have been certified, representing over 1 million acres in Ohio, according to Extension.
Ohio Farm Bureau has been helping coordinate and promote the classes as part of its $1 million Water Quality Action Plan that aims to improve the state’s waterways. In addition, Knox County Farm Bureau, Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District and other groups created a free nutrient management recordkeeping app, ONMRK, to help farmers comply with Senate Bill 150.
The fertilizer certification classes are available now through early April. Some of the classes combine training for fertilizer certification and pesticide applicator licenses. The cost is $30 for a three-year certification. For those who already have a valid pesticide license, that fee is waived as long as they had the pesticide applicator license prior to attending the fertilizer certification meeting.