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Pesticide Notification, Certified Organic Farm Registries Open
Michigan Ag Connection - 12/04/2017

Residents with verifiable medical conditions are being asked to submit their applications for the 2018 annual Pesticide Notification Registry. The Registry enables individuals with verifiable medical conditions to be notified prior to a turf or ornamental application of pesticides on property that is adjacent to their primary residence.

"Pesticide application firms use the registry to determine where individuals with verifiable medical conditions reside and notify them before applications are made on adjacent and other surrounding properties. I encourage those with verifiable medical conditions to register," said Gina Alessandri, Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Pesticide Notification Registry applicants must submit an application and a physician's certification form no later than February 1, 2018. The application and forms are available on MDARD's website at www.michigan.gov/mdardpest. Residents can also request an application from MDARD's Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division, P.O. Box 30017, Lansing, Michigan 48909 or by calling 800-292-3939. The 2018 registry will be published on March 15.

MDARD is also reminding certified organic farmers to continue registering their organic farm sites in DriftWatch at www.driftwatch.org. Commercial certified applicators must also register in DriftWatch to automatically receive information regarding location of certified organic farms.

Questions regarding DriftWatch can be directed to Antonio Escobar, Michigan's DriftWatch specialist, at 800-292-3939.

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