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Agriculture Department outlines pesticide application regulations as farmers prepare for soybean rust

Farmers looking to obtain private or commercial applicator license should apply now          Send a link to a friend

[MARCH 10, 2005]  SPRINGFIELD -- On Wednesday, Illinois Agriculture Director Chuck Hartke urged farmers wishing to obtain a private or commercial pesticide applicator's license to do so before it is time to apply the product. Fungicides, which may be needed to combat a soybean rust outbreak, are covered under the same regulations set for all pesticide applications by the Illinois Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Environmental Programs.

"Farmers have spent much of the winter gathering information and trying to prepare as much as possible for the potential arrival of this plant disease that could have devastating effects on our state's soybean crop," Hartke said. "In the event of an emergency, many farmers will be prepared to spray their own crops, which they do not need a special license to do. However, if they intend to spray fields that belong to other area farmers to reduce the spread of rust, they will need to obtain an applicator's license, depending on the specific situation."

The Agriculture Department requirements and restrictions for pesticide application follow:

  • An individual farmer can apply general-use pesticides on his or her own farm without any type of pesticide applicator license issued by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

  • An individual farmer can apply restricted-use pesticides on his or her own farm only if he or she has a private applicator license issued by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

  • An individual farmer can apply general-use and restricted-use pesticides on his or her farm and up to two neighbors' farms in exchange for labor only with a private applicator license. However, no monetary payment is allowed.

  • An individual can apply general-use and restricted-use pesticides on a commercial basis to the lands of another only with a commercial operator or commercial applicator license. In the case of an individual licensed as a commercial operator, the individual may only apply such pesticides under the direction of a commercial applicator who has been designated on the operator's license.

  • An individual with a commercial operator license, working under the supervision of an individual with a commercial applicator license for one company may not apply pesticides for a second company unless the first individual also obtains an operator license under the second company.

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Any farm that is owned, rented or leased by the farmer or by the farmer's employer, is considered his or her "own" farm in these examples of allowable applications for each license status:

  • No license -- General-use pesticides on own farm.

  • Private license -- General-use or restricted-use pesticides on own farm plus on up to two other farms in exchange for labor only (not for compensation).

  • Commercial operator license General-use or restricted-use pesticides applied commercially (for compensation) onto the property of others only under the direction of the licensed applicator listed on the operator's license. Evidence of financial responsibility, or liability insurance, is required for the company under whom the operator and applicator are licensed.
    An operator must obtain a separate license for each company he or she works for.

  • Commercial applicator license General-use or restricted-use pesticides applied commercially (for compensation) onto the property of others. Evidence of financial responsibility, or liability insurance, is required for the company under whom the applicator is licensed.

For application details, call the Illinois Department of Agriculture Bureau of Environmental Programs at 1 (800) 641-3934.

[Illinois Department of Agriculture news release]

 

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