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Georgia Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Inputs

 

COVID-19 UPDATES

 

Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification Exams: TCSG will be closed from March 18, 2020, to March 31, 2020. Please check back with your local testing center for updates. If you need to take a certification exam during this time, call the Ag Inputs office at (404) 656-4958. We will be proctoring a limited number of written exams at our Atlanta office, but all attendees MUST pre-register with Ag Inputs or they will not be allowed to test.

Antimicrobial Applications: Due to recent events relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture has determined that an emergency Rule is hereby necessary to ensure a sufficient number of pesticide applicators are available and authorized to apply general use sanitizers and disinfectants in treating for COVID-19. The Georgia Department of Agriculture has adopted Emergency Rule 40-21-2-0.6-.01 which temporarily allows a person who is currently certified in any operational category or who is appropriately licensed to perform structural pest control services in Georgia to use general use sanitizers and disinfectants to treat for COVID-19 only without being specifically certified in the Antimicrobial Pest Control category. The Emergency Rule is effective starting March 24, 2020, and will remain in effect for 120 days.

Temporary Allowances for Pesticide Recertification Training Requirements Certified applicators with recertification expiration dates between June 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020, can request a 90-day extension. CEUs can still be obtained through approved online providers: http://agr.georgia.gov/1pesticide-applicator-licensing-and-certification.aspx

All 'Using Pesticides Wisely' classroom trainings are canceled until further notice. If you need this training to purchase dicamba or 2,4-D products and did not receive it in 2019, please contact your local Extension County Office. Find your office here: https://extension.uga.edu/county-offices.html

Disinfectants for Use Against SARS CoV-2: When purchasing a product, check if its EPA registration number is included on this list: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2. If it is, you have a match and the product can be used against SARS-CoV-2. You can find this number on the product label - just look for the EPA Reg. No. These products may be marketed and sold under different brand names, but if they have the same EPA registration number, they are the same product.

  • For registrants, there is a disinfectants mailbox to request expedited actions, including adding products to this list: disinfectantslist@epa.gov

 

Essential Services: Agriculture and food production have been listed as "essential to continuing infrastructure viability" in a memo released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security which can be found here.

 

Agricultural Inputs

Jenny Wren
Program Director
Tele: (404) 656-4958
Fax: (404) 463-6670

Quiwajula McDowell
Assistant to Director
Tele: (404) 656-4958

The Agricultural Inputs Section of the Plant Industry Division of the Georgia Department of Agriculture is comprised of seven regulatory programs. Each program has specific rules and regulations to follow.

The Feed Program administers the rules and regulations related to animal feed minimum quality standards for items offered or exposed for sale in Georgia. The program is responsible for the licensing of feed manufacturers.

The Fertilizer Program under the Georgia Fertilizer Act requires persons who manufacture fertilizer in Georgia to be licensed and specialty fertilizer products must be registered. Tonnage reporting is required for Ag use fertilizers.

The Georgia Horticulture Growing Media Act's regulations maintain consistency in the potting soil industry. The Georgia Department of Agriculture registers potting soils and regulates tonnage.

The Georgia Liming Materials Act of 1996 requires those who distribute liming materials in Georgia to be licensed and all products registered. This Act also regulates tonnage reporting.

The Pesticide Program's regulatory authority originated in 1976 with the promulgation of the Georgia Pesticide Control Act and the Georgia Pesticide Use and Applications Act. This program protects Georgia consumers by regulating the labeling, distribution, storage, use and disposal of pesticides throughout the state.

The Soil Amendment Act of 1976 requires soil amendments in Georgia to be registered. This Act also requires tonnage reporting.

The Georgia Seed Law mandates that all seed dealers be licensed before seed can be sold, distributed, or transported into Georgia. Therefore, all establishments offering, exposing or distributing seed for sale in Georgia must apply for a seed dealer's license. Farmers, seed conditioners and dealers submitting samples for analysis are assured of standardized testing methods that provide reliable estimates of seed quality.

 

Directory

 

Field Operations

Trey Clark
Field Operations Manager – Feed
Tele: (404) 656-4958

Brad Baker
Field Operations Manager – Pesticide, Seed & Fertilizer (North)
Tele: (404) 656-4958

Shelton Brigham
Field Operations Manager – Pesticide, Seed & Fertilizer (South)
Tele: (404) 656-4958

 
 

Pesticide Program

T’Mya Tomlinson
Applicator Certification and Training
Tele: (404) 656-4958
AgPest@agr.georgia.gpov

Adrienne Andrews
Product Registration
Tele: (404) 656-4958

Nancy Hall
Complaints and Enforcement
Tele: (404) 656-4958

Rick Hayes
Special Projects & Training Coordinator
and Clean Day Program
Tele: (404) 656-4958

 

Feed Program

Bailey Whiten
Program Manager
Tele: (404) 656-4958

Seed Program

Dedria Smith
Seed Laboratory Program Manager
Tele: (229) 386-3557

Fertilizer, Lime, Soil Amendment, HGM, Feed & Seed Program

Melissa Smith
Product Registration
Tele: (404) 656-4958

 
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