Agricultural Commissioner’s Office Hosting Pesticide Use Training for Cannabis Cultivators

This is a press release from the County of Humboldt:

Humboldt County Seal 2017The Agricultural Commissioner’s Office is teaming up with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation later this month to offer pesticide use compliance training for the commercial cannabis cultivation industry.

Humboldt County’s Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and current State law require that cannabis cultivators and employees that apply pesticides in cannabis cultivation operations do so in compliance with relevant pesticide use laws and regulations. The training will take place on Aug. 30 from 9 am til noon at the Humboldt County Agricultural Center located at 5630 S. Broadway in Eureka.

The training will cover the following topics in detail:

• Operator Identification Numbers

• Private Applicator Certificates

• Pesticide Use Reporting

• Employer Requirements and Worker Health and Safety

• Understanding and Interpreting Pesticide Labels

For more information, and to register for this training, please visit the Agricultural Commissioner’s webpage



  • Anonymous Humboldtian

    I thought you weren’t allowed to use any registered pesticides on cannabis because they weren’t specifically approved for the plant.

    • Oh well if you pay the fees and get the certificates and do the training and pay all of the associated fees then we will allow some pesticide use. This is “legalization” in action! Cheers!!

      • Yeah cause nobody uses pesticides now.

        • Anonymous Humboldtian

          Meatloaf, I never said nobody uses pesticides. The state has stricter tests for the legal market and they test for nearly every registered pesticide and fungicide known to man. I don’t see how you can apply a pesticide legally that will make you fail a residue test.

          • Let’s get it straight: the word pesticide covers all of the other “cides.” In regulatory terms fungicides, insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, rodenticides, etc. fall under the category of pesticides. Be specific but don’t be redundant.

    • Even organic products can be “pesticides.” That word just means it kills pests. Any application of bug/disease/fungus prevention/treatment products on any commercially grown plant requires pesticide application training, testing and licensing along with record keeping and periodic reporting as well as regular site inspection. That’s how agricultural businesses are required to operate.

    • That’s not accurate. There is a list of banned chemicals that you must have testing to show are at “low enough levels” but you’d be surprised what is allowed to be sprayed on cannabis and food crops as well. Organic certification will soon be available. I wouldn’t consume any cannabis products without knowing it’s organic.

      • My point is even the -cides allowed by the ag dept for mj production, which are all products accepted in organic practices, still require a pesticide application license. I went through the training and have a license. The fact that they test for banned products on mj is another topic but the list of approved ones is readily available.

  • LOL
    I think that is a little lame
    Currently, the industry, is utilizing material that is not even illegal in the United States. And of the material that is legal, they are utilizing it in unsafe quantities… Training can only benefit, and make people aware of the consequences of illegal use, and over use

  • There’s a list of approved pesticides from the state, and it’s mostly oils.

    Here’s a list of pesticides that can not be used, the harmful stuff.

  • Integrated Pest Management = Spray it. Ever smoked Neem oil? Mmmmmm good.

  • Pay off the rite supervisor or offer them a management or partner arrangement after they get voted out and permittees will be spraying avid from a crop duster soon

  • Permiticide

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