The Iowa Legislature recently passed changes to the Iowa Code that will affect commercial, public and private pesticide applicators in the state.
Previously, commercial, public and private applicators had the option of paying one-year or three-year certification fees. Effective July 1, 2012, one-year certification fees are no longer available. All individual pesticide applicator certification fees will now cover three years. Certified pesticide applicators that currently pay one-year fees but are in a three-year qualification cycle will be eligible to pay the one-year certification renewal fee until the existing cycle expiration date.
There's also been a change in commercial pesticide applicator licenses
Another change that took effect July 1, 2012 concerns evidence of financial responsibility for commercial pesticide applicator businesses. To be issued a license. commercial pesticide applicator licensees (businesses) will be required to provide proof of financial responsibility for a minimum amount of $250,000 for property damage and $250,000 for public liability, each separately. Certificates of insurance meeting the $250,000 minimum requirements will be required to renew commercial pesticide applicator licenses for 2013. Certificates of insurance issued prior to July 1, 2012, will expire on December 31, 2012.
For additional information refer to the IDALS Pesticide Bureau website or call 515-281-8591 for private pesticide applicator information and 515-281-5601 for commercial pesticide applicator information.
This information is provided by Kristine Schaefer, a pesticide education program specialist in the Department of Entomology at ISU. She can be reached at 515-294-4286 or email [email protected]. Also contributing to this article is Gretchen Paluch, pesticide bureau chief for the Iowa Department of Agriculture. She can be reached at 515-281-8590 or email [email protected].
Iowa Learning Farms is blogging to call attention to conservation topics
In other ISU Extension news, it was recently announced that Iowa Learning Farms has launched a blog iowalearningfarms.wordpress.com/ about the goings-on with the ILF team as well as to call attention to conservation in the media.
ILF team members and student interns have been posting a variety of items from links to interesting articles and news stories, to ILF event notification and/or follow up, to experiences of our team members and interns. Entries range from serious and thought-provoking to quirky and clever."We welcome you to read the posts (if you haven't already) and sign up with Wordpress to follow our blog (which is free). Followers receive an email notification when there is a new post," says Carol Brown, communications director for ILF. The blog entries accept comments; we encourage you to comment and begin a dialogue with the ILF team and other blog readers.