Ohio's New Agriculture Fertilizer Certification Requirements

Click here to view brochure summarizing certification requirments
 

Who needs a fertilizer certification?:  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.

What fertilizer is included in the certification?:  Fertilizer is any substance containing nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, or other plant nutrient in a dry or liquid formulation. All application types (broadcast, side dress, sub-surface, knifing, etc.) are included in the certification requirement. The only application exempted is start-up fertilizers that are applied through a planter and manure.  For this certification requirement, lime and limestone are not considered fertilizers.

 

Who is exempt from the training requirement?  Applicators who are a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) or Ohio Certified Livestock Manager (CLM) are not required to attend training to become certified for fertilizer applications. However, those with a CCA or CLM exemption for training must still contact Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6987 to complete the exemption paperwork and pay for the fertilizer certification if the applicator does not already have a pesticide applicator license.

Certification Opportunites for NEW fertilizer applicators - Click HERE

Recertification Opportunities for Current fertilizer applicators - Click HERE - Some programs are combined with Pesticide Recertification Meeting