It doesn’t seem very long ago that we were first getting information about SB 150, and what it might mean to our farming operation. At that time there was no urgency because we didn’t have to have this until September of 2017.
There have been many opportunities to get certified since then. In fact, there have been over 17,250 people certified in Ohio in the past 3 years by OSU Extension. There are still a few opportunities to become certified through a 3-hour training class before the September 30 deadline, however they are becoming fewer. There is no an age limit.
The question occasionally still comes up, who needs the training? From the OSU Extension web site (http://pested.osu.edu), here is the answer. Fertilizer certification is required if you apply fertilizer (other than manure) to more than 50 acres used for agricultural production grown primarily for sale. If you have the co-op or other custom applicator make your fertilizer applications, you do not need the certification. You can always check out the site for more information, or call (614) 292-4070. More details, including registration are available online.
Here is a list of the remaining opportunities prior to the September 30 deadline:
September 7, 2017 9 am-12 pm OSU Extension, Jackson County 740-702-3200
September 7, 2017 6-9 pm Elizabeth Township Community Center in Troy, OH 937-403-3945
September 12, 2017 1-4 pm OSU Extension Athens County 740-593-8555
September 13, 2017 4-7:30 pm Classic 57 Restaurant Comm. Room in Minerva 330-832-9856 ext. 3476
September 14, 2017 9-noon Hancock Agriculture Service Center in Findlay 419-422-3851
September 14, 2017 1-4 pm Geauga County Extension 440-834-4656
September 14, 2017 5:30-8:30 pm North Adams H. S. Seaman, OH 937-544-2339.
September 26, 2017 6-9 pm OSU Extension Defiance County 419-782-4771