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Georgia Department of Agriculture

Ag Inputs Division COVID-19 Updates

 

   COVID-19 UPDATES

Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification Exams: The Technical College System of Georgia will be closed through the rest of the Spring 2020 semester. 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 became effective on March 24, 2020, and will remain in effect until July 22, 2020

Temporary Allowances for Pesticide Recertification Training Requirements

 

Using Pesticides Wisely: All UPW classroom trainings are canceled or postponed through April 24th. 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 Extension offices are also posting specific information on their websites and social media channels.
Online UPW Training Schedule

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.

  • Concerns or questions about business operations during the Statewide Shelter-in-Place Order? Contact Constituent Services with the Governor's Office and select your COVID-19 concern before submitting a request.
 

Applicator Testing Centers


Albany Technical College - Open (Thursdays)
Athens Technical College - Open (Will only be able to have four people testing at a time)
Augusta Technical College - Open
Central Georgia Technical College - Open
Chattahoochee Technical College - Marietta Campus - Open
Chattahoochee Technical College - North Metro Campus - Open
Coastal Pines - Golden Isles Campus - Open (limited to about 8 per day)
Coastal Pines Technical College - Jesup Campus - Open (limited to about 8 per day)
Coastal Pines Technical College-Waycross Campus - Open (limited to about 8 per day)
Columbus Technical College - Open (very limited, three days the month of June- 23rd, 24th, 30th)
Georgia Northwestern Technical College - Rome Campus - Open (now only offers testing on Mondays)
Georgia Northwestern Technical College - Walker Campus - Open (now only offers testing on Mondays)
Lanier Technical College - Hall Campus - Open (Second Tuesday of each month)
Ogeechee Technical College - Open (Have limited seating, Tuesday and Thursday)
South Georgia Technical College - Open (typically Thursday and Friday morning)
Southeastern Technical College - Vidalia - Open (Mon-Thurs, limited to one person testing at a time)
Southern Regional Technical College - Open
Southern Regional Technical College- Bainbridge - Open
Southern Regional Technical College- Moultrie Campus - Open
Southern Regional Technical College- Tifton Campus - Open
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College - Coffee Hall - Open
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College - Open

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