Sustainable agricultural practices are important not only for effective resource management but also for keeping farming businesses healthy.
EPA Pesticide Rule Update August 5, 2015
In August, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposal to revise the Certification of Pesticide Applicators rule, including:
- First-time private applicators would need to pass a test.
- Sets a nationwide age minimum of 18 to apply for certification.
- Requires recertification every three years for private applicators with five hours of training; more training is needed if applicators want to be certified in another category.
— A Continuing Education Credit (CEU) Training Program would be implemented; CEUs are defined as 50 minutes of active training time, and private and commercial applicators would need six CEUs covering core content (general standards), three CEUs for each private category (e.g., aerial fumigation) and six CEUs for each commercial category.
ISG supports the health and safety of our farmers, but does not agree with more regulations that could negatively impact the ability of farmers to efficiently produce soybeans. Currently, the state of Illinois requires a private applicator exam and retest every three years to maintain certification for restricted use pesticides. The EPA is accepting comments on the proposal until Nov. 23, 2015.