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Indian River County Green Industries

Note: Testing is now available monthly on first Thursdays by appointment.

  Contact Christine Kelly-Begazo at for any further information. For testing information, contact Yvonne Florian at 

In order to assist and educate nurserymen and landscape professionals, the Commerical Horticulture Program of Indian River County provides the following services:
  • Solutions for local issues
  • Consultations
  • Diagnostic services
  • Soil and water testing
  • Fertilizer applicator (GIBMP) training and testing
  • Pesticide applicator training and testing
  • Literature & website referrals
  • Industry updates & alerts 


    Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMP)
    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 GI-BMP Program  

    Pesticide Applicator Training and Testing
    Insecticide and herbicide applications

    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 of the appropriate category test.

  • Upcoming Training Classes:

CEU Information:

Earn CEU Credits NOW online through Southeast AgNet &
Citrus Industry Magazine:

GI-BMP & Pesticide Applicator Resources:


Christine Kelly-Begazo
Agriculture Agent III

Phone (772) 226-4330 x 3

Fax  (772) 226-1743


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


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