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Navigating the NYS DEC: How to Get Your Certified Pesticide Applicator License

Jim O'Connell, Small Fruit and Grape Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

May 13, 2015

As a grape grower in the Northeast, one of your biggest challenges is combating the insects, diseases, and other pests invading your vineyard. Although you do not need a license to purchase or use some pesticides, obtaining your certified pesticide applicator license will give you access to more materials that you can add to your pest combatting-arsenal.


Do I need a license?

Pesticides are divided into two groups:

General use pesticide: A pesticide that may be purchased and used by the general public.

Restricted use pesticide (RUP): Only certified pesticide applicators are allowed to buy these materials, and only certified applicators or persons under their direct supervision may apply them.

Long story short, to apply RUPs you will need a certified pesticide applicator license.


What type of license do I need?

How do I get my license?

First, make sure you meet the requirements

If you need a commercial license, but do not meet the requirements, you can be a technician or apprentice first, then upgrade to certified applicator later. (Requirements on the NYS DEC Website)

Technician: may use most general use pesticides without direct supervision and RUPs under direct supervision of a certified commercial pesticide applicator. May NOT supervise.

Apprentice: a person engaged in commercial application of pesticides but does not meet the technician or certified applicator requirements.

Next, take the appropriate exam.

Find your DEC region here: https://www.dec.ny.gov/about/558.html

Find an exam here (search by region): http://www.dec.ny.gov/nyspad/find?1&tab=EXAMS

To pass the exam, study the CORE and Category Manuals. You can purchase them here: https://www.cornellstore.com/books


How do I maintain my license?

After receiving your pesticide applicator license, you'll have to maintain it by proving you are continuing to get updated education on proper use of pesticides. You can do this by earning recertification credits or by taking the recertification exam at the end of your certification cycle.

All of the information above on how to obtain and maintain a license is available in more detail on the NYS DEC website http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/45618.html

Your regional DEC person welcomes any questions you have as you navigate the application process. Information on the DEC Regions website https://www.dec.ny.gov/about/558.html



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Upcoming Events

Berry Production Twilight Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

July 8, 2021
Peru, NY

Rulf's Orchard, 531 Bear Swamp Road, Peru, NY 

Many berry topics will be discussed including growing Juneberries (Amelanchier, not strawberries), using entomopathogenic nematodes to control strawberry root pests, low tunnel production in June bearing strawberries, SWD monitoring and management. 2.5 DEC pesticide recertification credits available in categories 1A, 10, 22, and 23. Contact Elisabeth Hodgdon (eh528@cornell.edu or 518-650-5323) or Laura McDermott (lgm4@cornell.edu or 518-746-2562) with questions.

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Announcements

U-Pick Farm Practices During Covid-19 Pandemic

U-Pick is a critical direct marketing approach for many of our farms and provides
customers with a unique connection to fresh produce grown close to home. In light
of what we understand about the spread of COVID-19, new management practices
will be needed to protect your farm team and your customers. This document
provides recommended practices and communication strategies for U-Pick
operations for the 2020 season.

https://rvpadmin.cce.cornell.edu/uploads/doc_864.pdf

Growers-are you running low on fall pumpkins, etc?

The Produce Auctions located around the state may have what you need.  Check out all of the opportunities here: https://harvestny.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=4

Resources from CCE ENYCHP!

We are developing new ways to connect with the CCE ENYCHP team this year! We have a Youtube page located at this link. Check out videos on Table Grape Production, Pest Updates and the 20 Minute Ag Manager - in 4 Minutes series

We have a Facebook Page here as well as an Instagram page. We keep these places updated with current projects, events, and other interesting articles and deadlines.

There are also text alerts available. Fruit and vegetable farmers in 17 Eastern NY counties can now receive real time alerts on high risk disease and pest outbreaks texted directly to their cell phone. The Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture program, which is supported by local Cornell Cooperative Extension associations, will now offer text alerts to those that enroll in our program in 2019. 

The text alerts will be reserved for important crop alerts that could impact management decisions immediately. For instance, if there were an outbreak of Late Blight in the area, this would be transmitted to vegetable growers.

Farmers can choose the crop for which they wish to receive updates. Additionally they can request that Ag Business Alerts be sent to them. These alerts might include due dates for crop insurance deadlines, market opportunities etc.

If you have questions, please contact enychp@cornell.edu


Podcasts

“Understanding Fungicide Resistance and How to Avoid It” with Dr. Margaret McGrath

June 16, 2021
ENYCHP Veg News Farm and Field Updates with Teresa Rusinek
“Understanding Fungicide Resistance and How to Avoid It” with Dr. Margaret McGrath of Cornell University
In this this podcast ENYCHP vegetable specialist Teresa Rusinek interviews Dr. Margaret McGrath, of Cornell University School of Integrative Plant Science, to discuss the development of fungicide resistance in plant pathogens and steps growers can take to avoid it.
Resources:
https://www.vegetables.cornell.edu/pest-management/disease-factsheets/general-guidelines-for-managing-fungicide-resistance/
Vegetable Pathology – Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center (cornell.edu)
The Cucurbit Downy Mildew Forecast Homepage
https://cdm.ipmpipe.org/

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