Industry updates for landscape and nursery professionals – April 2020

Business ‘Unusual’

Although it is certainly a challenge to maintain some semblance of normalcy as we continue to navigate the CDC COVID-19 safety guidelines, the UF/IFAS commitment to providing support for our clientele remains unchanged. Below are some resources and information you may find helpful.

Current pesticide/fertilizer license holders:

  • FDACS has applied a 30-day extension to all licenses expiring within the next 30 days, and waiving late fees during this period.
  • Note: although the extension period allows persons with an expired restricted use pesticide (RUP) license to continue applying chemicals, a valid RUP license is still required for purchasing RUPs.

License Renewal CEUs:

  • GI-BMP – Fertilizer applicator licensing: Link
  • LCLM – Pesticide applicator licensing: *6 CEUs Link *4 CEUs Link

Landscape Licensing Exams:

  • FDACS has suspended ALL in-person pesticide testing until further notice.
  • Sarasota County Landscape Contractor exams are suspended until further notice. For more information, contact the Planning and Development Services Department at 941-861-5000.

Additional Resources:

  • Sarasota Economic Development Council Small Business Assistance: Link
  • FDACS COVID-19 Licensing Extensions: Link
  • FDACS COVID-19 Resources: Link
  • COVID-19 Executive Order FAQs: Link
  • Federal Assistance Program: Link
  • Agribusiness Tax Credits & Loan Assistance Info: Link
  • WPS Training: Link
UF/IFAS Extension staff are still available to assist you via phone or email. Feel free to contact us with plant or pest problems: or





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Posted: April 6, 2020

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Turf
Tags: Extension, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Landscape, Landscaping, Lawn, Pgm_HortComm

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