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Pesticide Recordkeeping Law Amended
This article was published originally on 5/12/1995Are you ready to record your restricted use pesticide applications? If you are a private pesticide applicator, you must do so if you apply restricted use pesticides this crop season.
The original recordkeeping regulation (see sidebar) has been revised to include the following, effective May 11, 1995:
When must I record the information? The required information must be recorded within 14 days following the pesticide application, so don't put off completing your application records!
How long must records be saved? Applicators must retain restricted use pesticide records for two years from the date of application. The records must be made available to authorized individuals.
If a private applicator buys a restricted use pesticide so that a commercial applicator can apply it, who creates and maintains the record? The commercial applicator must generate the record if he or she makes the application. The commercial applicator is required both to maintain the record and to provide a copy of the record to the private applicator within 30 days. Note that this time period did not change from earlier requirements.
Is a special form needed? No, the regulation does not require you to use a standardized form. This allows applicators to fit the requirements into their current recordkeeping system.
What are the penalties for violation of the Federal pesticide recordkeeping requirements? Any certified applicator who violates the requirements is subject to a civil penalty of not more than $500 in the case of the first offense. Each subsequent violation is subject to a civil penalty of not less than $1,000, unless the Administrator determines the applicator made a good faith effort to comply.
Recordkeeping requirements of the 1990 Farm Bill
The recordkeeping requirements for private pesticide applicators originally went into effect in May 1993, as a provision of the 1990 Farm Bill. The law required private pesticide applicators to keep records of all restricted use pesticide applications. This is very similar to the recordkeeping requirements for commercial applicators.
Year of Publication:
IC-470(11) -- May 12, 1995