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Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMP) Class 3.5.19

Join us on Tuesday, March 5th for a GI-BMP class at the UF/IFAS Extension Orange County. Click here for registration and details. CEUs are available.

The Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMP) are designed to preserve and protect Florida’s water resources from non-point-source pollution. The BMPs cover proper fertilization, pest control, irrigation, and cultural practices for landscape and pest control professionals. Knowledge of appropriate fertilizer rates, sources, and application methods can greatly reduce any potential non-pointsource pollution of Florida’s ground and surface waters. Florida law requires anyone who applies fertilizer to obtain an applicator’s license called the Limited Commercial Fertilizer Applicator. BMP certification (taking the GI-BMP course and passing the exam with a 75% or higher) is a pre-requisite to obtaining the license. In addition, Orange County passed a fertilizer ordinance that all commercial applicators become GI-BMP certified in order to apply fertilizers and to obtain or renew a local business tax certificate.