6/11/2020 UPDATE: Official Statement Regarding the Use of Over-the-Top Dicamba Products
3/27/2020 UPDATE: With the signing of House Bill 197, Ohio’s COVID-19 emergency response legislation, the March 31, 2020 deadline for private pesticide applicators (farmers) and the May 31, 2020 deadline for agricultural fertilizer certificate holders to renew their license and get training has been extended. Read more about the deadline extension.
The division’s Pesticide Regulation Program regulates the use and distribution of pesticides in Ohio. This section issues licenses to pesticide applicators and serves as the registrar for pesticide companies. Through routine inspections, staff members enforce the state laws and rules that govern these activities. In addition to these responsibilities, staff members conduct inspections for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in accordance with a cooperative agreement to ensure compliance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. The section licenses over 25,000 pesticide applicators and more than 15,000 pesticide products.
What are Pesticides?
A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances intended for:
- Preventing, destroying, repelling or mitigating any pest; or
- Used as a plant regulator, defoliant, or desiccant
"Pesticide" is a general term that includes, but is not limited to, all herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, fungicides, disinfectants, and insect repellents.
General and Restricted-use Products
Pesticides are classified as either:
- restricted use pesticides (RUPs); or
- general use (unclassified) pesticides
RUPs are not available for purchase or use by the general public. RUPs have the potential to cause unreasonable adverse effects to the environment and injury to applicators or bystanders without added restrictions. In Ohio, the sale and use of RUPs are limited to licensed Private or Commercial Pesticide Applicators, or someone under the direct supervision of a licensed applicator.
- Click to pay and renew an eligible Pesticide Business, Commercial Applicator, or Private Applicator license
Online license payment is for existing licenses only. New licenses will need to submit the application form and payment by mail.
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- Check your Category hours earned and needed (you will need your license ID number)
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Ohio Specialty Crop Registry by Fieldwatch
The Ohio Specialty Crop Registry is a voluntary online specialty crop & apiary mapping program managed and operated by the non-profit company FieldWatch. The stewardship tool allows for improved communication and collaboration between producers of specialty crops and pesticide applicators using a technology platform where producers can map their sites and provide contact information to pesticide applicators through an online mapping system.
On January 1, 2020 an updated NPMA-33 form for reporting Wood Destroying Insect inspections became available, replacing all previous versions. Some of the changes effect how the form must be completed, including:
- Signs of previous treatment are no longer required to be documented in Section II of the form
- Signs of previous treatment are now required to be recorded in Section V of the form
The administrative rule (OAC 901:5-11-13) that provides instruction on completion of the new NPMA-33 form has been updated, and will take effect January 17, 2020. All WDI inspections for real estate transactions in Ohio must comply with the new rule. A preview of the new rules can be viewed here. The NPMA-33 form is a document protected by copyright, and must be purchased from an authorized distributor.
In October 2018, U.S. EPA approved revised labels for the three dicamba products:
XtendiMax® With VaporGrip® Technology (Monsanto, EPA Reg. No. 524-617)
DuPont™ FeXapan™ herbicide Plus VaporGrip® Technology (DuPont, EPA Reg. No. 352-913)
Engenia® Herbicide (BASF, EPA Reg. No. 7969-345)
In April 2019 U.S. EPA approved Tavium® Plus VaporGrip® Technology herbicide (Syngenta, EPA Reg. No. 100-1623).
Applicators must follow the most recent label directions for use. These new labels supersede all prior labels for these products. Prior to applying these products in the 2019 growing season and each growing season thereafter, all applicators must complete dicamba or auxin-specific training. These may be either online or in-person trainings offered by the product registrants.
- Any individual who uses or directly supervises the use of any restricted use pesticide for purposes of producing any agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by him or his employer.
- The Private license application can be found on the Forms page.
- owns or operates a pesticide business
- or who applies either general or restricted use pesticides to the property of another without direct supervision
- or applies restricted use pesticides to the property of his/her employer
- or applies either general or restricted use pesticides to Federal, State or Local public property.
- The Commercial license application can be found on the Forms page.
- Apply pesticides.
- Assist with pesticide applications.
- Clean, repair, or maintain pesticide application equipment —such as boom sprayers, backpack sprayers, or hoppers —that may contain pesticide residues.
- Mix, load, or transfer pesticides into application equipment.
- Dispose of pesticides or materials with pesticides in them, such as containers.
- Act as a flagger.
To act as a trained serviceperson, before the employee's first occupational exposure to pesticides, he or she must either:
- Read the "Safety Training Guide for Trained Servicepersons" manual; or
- Complete an employer sponsored training program which provides training equivalent to that provided in the manual.
An employer must be able to verify that the serviceperson training has been given and that it has conformed to the criteria established by ODA. Documentation needs to be kept in their personnel file while with the company and for three years after termination of employment.
- Supervisor must have an Ohio Commercial Applicator License.
- Licensed supervisor must demonstrate instruction and control over trained serviceperson.
- Licensed applicator must be within 25 miles or available within 2 hours when a pesticide application is being made by the trained serviceperson.
- Licensed applicators providing supervision must be employed by the same company or agency as the trained serviceperson
There are three types of business that are licensed by the Pesticide Program: pesticide application and WDI inspection businesses, pesticide application solicitors, and businesses that sell restricted-use pesticide products.
Pesticide Business & Business Locations
- A Pesticide Business is a business that applies pesticides to the property of another for hire, or solicits and takes orders to apply pesticides, or conducts diagnostic inspections for WDI in a contemplated real estate transaction. Proof of insurance is required for this license. Note: even if a WDI inspection business does not apply pesticides, it is still considered a Pesticide Business.
- A Business Location is any additional location or branch operating in Ohio with the same name of a Pesticide Business that operates in Ohio. Proof of insurance is required for this license.
- The license application can be found on the Forms page.
- A pesticide solicitation business license is required for a solicitation company that contracts with a licensed pesticide business in Ohio to perform applications. This license type is prohibited from making pesticide applications. There is no insurance requirement for solicitation businesses, but they must be licensed annually, from October 1 through September 30. The license application can be found on the Forms page.
- Please note: Soliciting to do a WDI Inspection is not a Pesticide Business Activity, and does not need a Pesticide Business License nor a Solicitation License. However, the company that is actually conducting the WDI inspection must have a Pesticide Business License
Restricted Product Dealer
- A person or facility who distributes Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP) or pesticides whose use are further restricted by the director to the ultimate user or to a commercial applicator who is employed by the pesticide dealer. A license is required for each location or outlet within the state from which the person distributes pesticides. The license application can be found on the Forms page.
- Yearly reporting of sales is required; reports of restricted use sales for the period July 1 to June 30 are due by July 31 of each year.
US EPA evaluates and registers pesticides for use and sale in the United States (Section 3 of FIFRA). After EPA has registered a pesticide product, it must also be registered in Ohio before it is legal to sell and use. Manufacturers are required to register their products in Ohio annually by submitting the application, fee, current product label, and any additional EPA documentation. Ohio product registrations are valid until June 30 each year, regardless of the date they were registered.
- The Product Registration form can be found on the Forms page.
- List of Restricted Use products currently registered in Ohio.
Minimum Risk Pesticides (Section 25b)
Under section 25(b) of FIFRA, products which meet several conditions may be exempt from EPA registration. However, these minimum risk products are required to be registered with the state of Ohio. These can be registered using the same Product Registration form as for standard EPA-registered products. The product label must list all active ingredients by name and percentage, and all inert ingredients must be listed by name (percentage is optional).
Ohio Special Local Need (Section 24c)
Under section 24(c) of FIFRA, Ohio can provide registration for additional uses of pesticides to meet "special local needs" if registration for the special use has not previously been denied, disapproved, or canceled by the US EPA.
In order to use these products for the special local need, the applicator or business must have a copy of the Ohio 24(c) supplemental label. These labels can be obtained through the Ohio Pesticide Safety Education Program.
Experimental Use Permits (Section 5 EUPs)
Under Section 5 of FIFRA, manufacturers can field test pesticides under development. Manufacturers of conventional pesticides must obtain experimental use permits before testing new pesticides or new uses of pesticides if they conduct experimental field tests on 10 acres or more of land or one acre or more of water. Biopesticides also require EUPs when used in experimental settings.
Emergency Exemptions (Section 18)
Under Section 18 of FIFRA, state and federal agencies can permit the unregistered use of a pesticide in a specific area for a limited time if emergency pest conditions exist. Usually, this arises when agricultural growers and others encounter a pest problem on a site for which there is either no registered pesticide available, or for which there is a registered pesticide that would be effective but is not yet approved for use on that particular site. Also, exemptions can be approved for public health and quarantine reasons.
These labels can be obtained through the Ohio Pesticide Safety Education Program.
All programs must be preapproved and have assigned codes. ODA will not approve and assign credits after a program has been completed. The program sponsor must complete the required paperwork/applications in order to be approved. Application forms can be found on our Forms page. Additionally, the program sponsor must submit bios of all speakers, and a program agenda including times, topics, and speakers. Program requests must be submitted 30 days prior to the program.
Eligible Sponsor Affiliations: governmental and non-governmental agency, professional association, accredited school, grower group and other deemed appropriate.
Guidelines for Time
- 1/2 hour of credit will be given for 30 minutes of time
- 1 hour of credit will be given for 60 minutes of time
Programs which are non-public, in-house training for employees, or customer presentations promoting products will not be approved. Examples of topics that will not be approved: fertilization, irrigation, pruning and aerating unless these topics are presented from a standpoint of requiring less use of pesticides, as an element of IPM or promotion of healthy, pest resistant plants. Management issues such as OSHA and other compliance programs will not be approved.
For full details on in-person program requirements, see the In-Person Recert Program instruction document.
In-Person Sponsor Requirements
- New sponsors must complete and submit the Application for Recertification Sponsors (one time only).
- Sponsors must complete and submit the In-Person Pesticide Recertification Credit Application for every program.
- Sponsors must demonstrate how program meets criteria.
- Sponsors must show affiliation.
- Achieving program sponsor status does not guarantee approval for programs. Approved programs may be audited at any time by ODA staff.
In-Person Program Format Requirements:
- Programs must be in-person.
- Programs must be open to the public.
- Programs must have a registration process.
- Programs must have an agenda (description of subjects).
- Programs must show how agenda items fits the core or category topics.
- Programs must have a contact person (name, physical address and phone). Please provide a physical location for the contact person; ODA cannot mail paperwork to a PO BOX.
- Programs must have speaker information (bios).
- Programs must have location information (name, address).
- Program fees for recertification programs must be the same for everyone attending.
Recertification Forms (Failure to follow these instructions may result in ODA denying future requests)
- ODA will only accept Ohio Recertification Forms for credit.
- The original forms (white copy) must be returned via mail to ODA by the sponsor.
- DO NOT email or submit photocopies of the forms.
- The forms are to be proctored.
- Never leave the forms unattended.
- Sponsors are to give the attendees the forms, class ID, class date, and the credit codes from paperwork provided.
- Sponsors are NOT to complete forms on behalf of attendees.
Live Online Events
For full details on live online program requirements, see the Online Recert Program instruction document.
Online Sponsor Requirements
- Complete and submit the Pesticide Online Recertification Program Credit Application for every program.
- PLEASE NOTE: Online trainings must be LIVE virtual classes. Pre-recorded video presentations are not permitted.
- Utilize the ODA Recert Credit Template (provided after program approval) for recert data submission back to ODA.
- Demonstrate how program meets criteria.
- Show affiliation.
Online Training Program Format Requirements
- Programs must have a registration process.
- Follow the verification of attendance policy recorded on the application submitted to ODA.
- Possess the ability to collect required applicator recert data.
- Be open to the public.
- Develop an agenda.
- Demonstrate how agenda items fit the core or category topics.
- Submit a contact person (name, physical address, and phone).
- Supply a valid email address for ODA.
- Provide speaker information to ODA.
- Describe recert topics in detail as to how they meet the requested recert category.
- Program fees for recertification programs must be consistent for all attending.
- Nonpublic, inhouse training for employees, and customer presentations promoting products will not be approved.
- Have a verification of attendance for their program.
- If a Sponsor’s program gets approved by ODA, it may be audited at any time.
ODA Recert Credit Template Failure to follow these instructions may result in ODA denying future requests
- ODA will provide the sponsor with a sponsor letter, an ODA Recert Credit Template and a recert program credit code sheet after their program has been approved via email.
- The following must be collected from each attendee at the conclusion of the program for the attendee to receive credit: class ID, session date, recertification session codes, applicator license numbers, first and last name, mailing address, phone, email, and the last four social security digits.
- Credit codes must be provided throughout the program and not at the beginning of the program.
- ODA will only accept online recert program data submitted correctly into the ODA-supplied Recert Credit Template.
- Please submit completed templates to: AGRPestRecert@agri.ohio.gov
- ODA Recert Credit Templates that are filled out incorrectly will not receive recert credits.
Verification of Attendance Ideas
- Video or Camera Utilization, Polling, Response Features, Chat Boxes, or other mechanisms based-off ODA approval
Enforcement & Complaints
All pesticide products distributed in Ohio are registered annually and reviewed for proper label use directions. Program inspectors regularly visit restricted pesticide dealers in Ohio to assure proper distribution. In addition, businesses that manufacture or repackage pesticides are inspected for FIFRA compliance and pesticide businesses and applicators are regularly inspected to verify proper licensing, record keeping, training and pesticide use.
Pesticide program inspectors also investigate citizen complaints involving human health, environmental damage, crop injury, personal property damage, wildlife and domestic animal poisonings, and public and private water contamination. If you suspect damage caused by pesticide misuse, please contact our office at 614-728-6987.
Pesticides must be stored and disposed of according to the product label instructions. Any unused product should be disposed of as Household Hazardous Waste.
Each year the Department organizes a Clean Sweep Pesticide Disposal program, funded by US EPA grants and state funds. The program assists farmers with a free of charge, safe and environmentally responsible disposal of unusable, outdated pesticides. No household or non-farm pesticides are accepted, nor are pesticides accepted from commercial companies.
Farmers generally cannot dispose of pesticides through household hazardous waste programs, and the Clean Sweep program allows them to dispose of old products responsibly. There are typically 3 collections per year, which move around the state. Collection locations and dates are usually announced during the summer.
For an emergency that poses a sudden threat to public health, contact the National Response Center (NRC) at 1-800-424-8802
For pesticide poisoning, call 911 if the person is unconscious, has trouble breathing, or has convulsions. Otherwise, call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222. Physicians are required to report any pesticide-related exposure to the local health department within 48 hours.
To report an exposure at work, pesticide drift, misuse, or other concerning application, contact us at 614-728-6987 between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
To report a spill, release or environmental crime, contact the Ohio EPA Environmental Response at 800-282-9378