To all Maine fruit, vegetable and grain growers who sell edible produce to consumers or to processors to be made into products for human consumption: A new law may require you to be licensed to use over-the-counter pest control products.
Please read the following announcement and see details on training below. Preregistration is required. Please call (207) 287-2661 or email email@example.com to reserve a seat.
In the spring of 2011, the Maine Legislature passed Public Law 2011, Chapter 169: An Act to Require Certification of Private Applicators of General Use Pesticides. The new law requires the Maine Board of Pesticides Control to begin licensing growers who use only general-use (over-the-counter) pesticides and annually sell more than $1,000.00 of plant or plant products intended for human consumption.
Keep in mind that, by definition, a pesticide is any naturally or synthetically derived substance used to kill, control, or repel undesired insects, weeds, fungi, bacteria, mammals, birds, rodents, or other organisms.
Products which are organic are also pesticides if they are used as described above. Consequently, these substances may include insecticides or bug sprays; herbicides, including weed killers and top killer products; fungicides or disease controls, rodenticides; deer repellents; defoliants; growth regulators; and disinfectants.
To obtain a license, you must pass the Maine Board of Pesticides Control “core exam.” The Maine Board of Pesticides Control and University of Maine Cooperative Extension are offering a three-hour training session to help prepare growers for the Private Pesticide Applicator Core Exam at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show on January 9, 2013. Ideally, exam candidates should review the Pesticide Education (Core) Manual prior to taking the exam. The Pesticide Education (Core) Manual is available from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension online or call 1-800-287-0279 in Maine, (207) 581-3880 outside Maine.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Augusta Civic Center, Arnold/Howard Rooms (first floor, north wing)
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM Private Pesticide Applicator Core Exam Training
Jim Dill, University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Gary Fish, Maine Board of Pesticides Control
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM Private Pesticide Applicator Core and Commodity Exams Administered
Maine Board of Pesticides Control Staff
Preregistration is required. Please call (207) 287-2661 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.
If you cannot make it to this session we do plan to hold many more before the requirement becomes fully enforceable on April 1, 2015. The exam can also be taken at the Maine Board of Pesticides Control office in Augusta (207-287-2731) or at County Cooperative Extension offices. Contact the Maine Board of Pesticides Control office to have the exam mailed to the Extension office, and then make arrangements with Extension for taking the exam.
The three-year license will cost $15.00 You will need to obtain one hour of continuing education per year in order to maintain your license.