Kentucky Laws and Regulations for Pesticide

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Kentucky Laws and Regulations

The Kentucky Fertilizer and Pesticides Storage, Pesticide Use and Application Act of 1996 (KRS 217b) and appropriate administrative regulations are administered by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA), Division of Environmental Services, Pesticide Regulation

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Web Page – Pesticide Regulation

Definitions (From KRS 217b – Kentucky Fertilizer and Pesticide Use and Application Act 1996)

Pest – any insect, snail, slug rodent, nematode, fungus, weed; or any other form of plant or animal life or virus, bacteria, or other microorganism, except viruses, bacteria, or other microorganisms on or in living man or other living animals, which is normally considered to be a pest, or which the department declares to be a pest.

Pesticide – any substance or mixture of substances intended to prevent, destroy, control, repel, attract, or mitigate any insect pest; OR any substance or mixture of substances intended to be used as a plant regulator, defoliant, or desiccant; OR any substance or mixture of substances intended to be used as a spray adjuvant, once they have been mixed with an EPA-registered product.

Commercial pesticide applicator – any individual employed by a pesticide operator to apply pesticides.

Commercial pesticide operator – any individual who owns or manages a pesticide application business that is engaged in the business of applying pesticides on the lands of another.

Non-commercial applicator – any individual employed by golf courses, municipal corporations, public utilities, or other governmental agencies making applications of pesticides to lands owned, occupied or managed by his or her employer.

Private pesticide applicator is a person certified to use any pesticide for purposes of producing any agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by him/her or an employer, or to the lands of a farmer-neighbor, if applied without compensation other than trading of personal services between producers of agricultural commodities.

Dealer – any person that engages in the storage of bulk fertilizer or a restricted use pesticide for the purpose of redistribution or direct resale, or engages in the business of applying any pesticide to the lands of others. A dealer shall not include a manufacturer of a restricted use pesticide or a fertilizer who distributes his or her product solely to a dealer.

Pesticide sales agent – an individual who sells or distributes restricted use pesticides or an individual who sells and makes recommendations for the use or applications pesticides to the final user.

Training for Certified Pesticide Applicators

The Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service provides training materials and educational programs for certification of private and commercial applicators through the Pesticide Safety Education Program.

This manual is provided as a reference for pesticide applicators because all of the information cannot be provided in a single training program.

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