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GI-BMP Class March 11 – 4 CEUs available


GIBMP2Florida Statute 482.1562 states that all commercial fertilizer applicators must have a license from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) by January 1, 2014. 

To provide training pursuant to this statute, the Green Industries Best Management Program (GIBMP) was developed.  These classes instruct green industry professionals in techniques of fertilizer, pesticide, and irrigation application that help reduce and prevent pollution caused by runoff and leaching. Runoff and leaching is usually driven by rainfall and creates non-point source pollution.  By learning how to implement the safest methods of fertilizer and pesticide application into their daily work, green industry professionals can do their part to maintain and improve Florida’s water quality and environment.

Agricultural Producers can also benefit from these classes by learning ways to save money by reducing fertilizer expenses. Also 2 core and 2 private applicator CEUs are available for those with a private applicator’s license.


The Next GI-BMP class will be held Tuesday, March 11 at the UF IFAS Washington County Extension Office in Chipley Florida. This office is located at 1424 Jackson Ave (also US HWY 90) Suite A.  It begins at 8am central time in the East Wing conference room. To register, contact Matthew Orwat or Cynthia Jackley at 850-638-6180 or mjorwat@ufl.edu Cost is $ 20.00 and lunch is provided.

The GI-BMP program has FDACS approval for 2 Core CEUs and 2 additional CEUs for the following licenses:

  • Private Applicator – Agriculture
  • Ornamental & Turf
  • Limited Lawn & Ornamental
  • Limited Landscape Maintenance
  • Commercial Lawn and Ornamental
  • Limited Commercial Fertilizer Applicators
  • (2) Limited Urban Fertilizer credit hours



Author: Matthew Orwat – mjorwat@ufl.edu

Matthew J. Orwat started his career with UF / IFAS in 2011 and is the Horticulture Extension Agent for Washington County Florida. His goal is to provide educational programming to meet the diverse needs of and provide solutions for homeowners and small farmers with ornamental, turf, fruit and vegetable gardening objectives. Please feel free to contact him with any questions you may have.

Matthew Orwat

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