PUTNAM COUNTY — Farmers often fulfill their continuing education requirements for various regulatory licenses during the winter months. Most of these licenses or certificates have to be renewed every three years.

Ohio private pesticide licenses expire in the year of renewal on March 31.

Putnam County will have two opportunities for farmers to receive their continuing education and license recertification for Pesticide License and Ohio Ag Fertilizer Certification: Thursday, Feb. 9 and Tuesday, March 21. The February meeting will be from 9 a.m. to noon (PAT) and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Ag Fertilizer). The March meeting will be from 3 to 6 p.m. (PAT) and 7 to 9 p.m. (Ag Fertilizer).

Both meetings will be held at the Ottawa American Legion Hall, 218 West Main Street, Ottawa. Pre-registration is not required.

Private pesticide applicator training has an educational fee of $35 to cover program and educational costs, which may be paid at the door to Ohio State University Extension. The Ohio Department of Agriculture will request an additional $30 fee for the license, which will have to be mailed to ODA.

Farmers who apply their own fertilizer to more than 50 acres of cropland will also have to complete a fertilizer agricultural certification training program before Sept. 30, 2017. This regulation was part of legislation that was passed in 2014 in response to algae blooms in Lake Erie.

The regulation recognized farmers that already have a private pesticide applicator license. For these farmers, they only needed to complete a two-hour fertilizer program to become certified. Farmers without a private pesticide applicator license need to complete three hours of training.

The Extension office will offer a three-hour fertilizer training program at the Extension Office meeting room from 1 to 4 p.m. April 11. A two-hour program will be offered to farmers with a private pesticide applicator license on the same date as the pesticide recertification programs.

There is no cost for the fertilizer training. However, ODA will have a $30 certification fee for individuals who do not already have a private pesticide applicator license.

Individuals who do not complete the fertilizer certification training by Sept. 30, 2017, may be required to pass a written examination to become certified in the future.