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Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMP)

In order to assist and educate nurserymen and landscape professionals, UF/IFAS Extension Indian River County's Commercial Horticulture Program provides the following services:

  • Solutions for local issues
  • Consultations
  • Diagnostic services
  • Soil and water testing
  • Fertilizer applicator (GI-BMP) training and testing
  • Pesticide applicator training and testing
  • Literature & website referrals
  • Industry updates & alerts

Fertilizer Applicator Training and Licensing

Florida statute 482.1562 states that all commercial fertilizer applicators must have a license from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) as of January 1, 2014. Licenses are issued by FDACS and can be applied for after receiving a certificate of training from UF/IFAS Extension programs. 

Overview of Florida Friendly Landscaping™ GI-BMP Program  

Pesticide, Insecticide and Herbicide Applicator Training and Testing

The state of Florida requires that certain persons be certified to legally apply any pesticides (including insecticides and herbicides such as RoundUp). Who must be certified and the type of certification or license required depends on the type of chemicals used, the site of application and the role of the applicator (owner, employee etc.). Licenses are issued by FDACS and can be applied for after receiving a passing score on the appropriate category test.

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GI-BMP & Pesticide Applicator Resources:


Amir Rezazadeh
Multicounty Fruit/Field Crops Agent II
St. Lucie & Indian River Counties

Phone: (772) 462-1660


Physical Address
1800 27th Street
Building B, 2nd Floor, Room 201A 
Vero Beach, Florida 32960

Mailing Address
Indian River County
Agricultural Extension 
1800 27th Street
Vero Beach, Florida 32960-0310

8:30am - 5pm