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					Understanding the NJ Fertilizer Law for
         Turf Applications



                 Jim Murphy
 Extension Specialist in Turfgrass Management
                                           NJ Fertilizer Law

Taken effect in 2011
   – Fertilizer applications…
       • prohibited just prior to or during heavy rainfall, or any time soil is saturated or
         frozen
       • to an impervious surfaces must be cleaned up
       • prohibited from November 15th - March 1st for homeowners, December 1st -
         March 1st for professional applicators
                                 NJ Fertilizer Law

Takes effect 5 January 2012…
  – Application of fertilizers containing N and/or P restricted in
    buffer areas alongside waterbodies (25 or 10 feet).
  – Turf fertilizers must be zero phosphate. Only apply phosphate if
    prescribed by a soil test, when new turf is being established or
    repaired, or when using certain products with organic
    components containing phosphorus.
  – Limits the annual N rate
  – Limits N rate per application
  – Professional fertilizer applicators
    must be certified or trained and
    supervised by a certified fertilizer
    applicator
Professional Fertilizer Applicator
Certification Training (ProFACT)

         profact.rutgers.edu
                Certified Fertilizer Applicators
All persons that apply fertilizer for commercial purposes or any
  hired individual who applies fertilizer to turf shall:

   1. Employ or retain the services of a Certified Fertilizer
      Applicator, or be a Certified Fertilizer Applicator.

   2. Apply fertilizer at rates, times, and methods that are
      consistent with standards and criteria for nutrient
      management promulgated by the New Jersey Legislature
      and NJAES-accepted standards in accordance with the law.

   3. Ensure that fertilizer applications are conducted as
      prescribed by trained or certified applicators.
                        Trained Applicators
In addition to Certified Fertilizer Applicators, the following
individuals may apply fertilizer to turf :

  1. Individuals engaged in training required for a Trained
     Applicator or for certification provided that the individuals are
     under the direct on-site supervision of a Certified Fertilizer
     Applicator.

  2. Trained Applicators under the direct supervision of the
     supervising Certified Fertilizer Applicator who shall provide
     written instructions and maintain immediate contact with the
     Trained Applicator via radio or phone (voice) communication
     and be within reasonable driving distance of the location
     where fertilizer is being applied by the Trained Applicator.
                               Training Topics

Training and examination of applicants will be conducted
   online and include the following subject areas:

1. Hazards involved in, and the environmental impact of,
   applying fertilizer, including nutrient pollution to
   waterbodies;
2. Best management practices (BMP) developed by the New
   Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station for nutrient
   management in turf;
3. Correct interpretation of fertilizer labeling information;
4. Proper use and calibration of fertilizer application
   equipment; and
5. All applicable State and federal laws, rules and regulations.
                       Certification Program: Registration

The registration form is completed online at the NJAES website and
   shall contain the applicant’s:

1. Last name, first name, and middle initial;
2. Complete mailing address, phone, fax, and e-mail address;
3. Affiliation, company, or business name, mailing address, phone,
   fax, and e-mail address; and
4. Documentation of successful completion of NJAES-approved
   training, if applicable.

No fees for access to the online education and training materials.
                       Certification Program: Examination

$75 fee charged to initiate the online examination.

If necessary, applicant may retake the online test within 30 days. A
    second retake within 60 days by contacting NJAES.

Upon passing the examination, a certification card will be issued
  electronically to the Certified Fertilizer Applicator, which can be
  printed by the Certified Fertilizer Applicator and will be valid
  through the 31st of December.

The certification card will be annually updated and electronically
   issued upon payment of the $25 annual fee through the NJAES
   website. E-mail notification.
                     Certification Program: Re-certification



Certification is valid for 4 years, with payment of annual fee.

Re-certification possible through 2 methods:

    1. Earn continuing education credits (online and approved
       meetings) during the 4 years cycle and payment of annual
       fee, or...

    2. Re-train and retake examination.
                              Trained Applicator Program

Trained Applicators will receive training through the NJAES website or
    from a program approved by NJAES.

After training and payment of $25 fee, a record of the Trained Applicator
   will be entered and maintained for 1 year on the NJAES website and
   shall include:
1. Last name, first name, and middle initial of the Trained Applicator;
2. Complete mailing address, phone, fax, and e-mail address;
3. Affiliation, company, or business name, mailing address, phone, fax,
   and e-mail address;
4. Name of the supervising Certified Fertilizer Applicator;
5. Name and contact information of qualified organization or person
   providing training to the Trained Applicator, if not NJAES;
6. Date when the Trained Applicator successfully completed individual
   applicator training; and
7. Calendar year for which the training applies.
                                         http://profact.rutgers.edu/

   Professional Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training
                           (ProFACT)

Functional by 15 December 2011
   – Register as a user (to become a Certified Fertilizer Applicator)
   – Initiate training and track progress

Functional by January
   – Pay fee and take exam once training is complete at user’s
      request
   – Notification of passing or need to re-take
   – Delivery of Certificate
   – Training for Trained Applicators
   Questions


profact.rutgers.edu
                            …when using certain products with organic
                            components containing phosphorus


                          Discussion

“Fertilizer” means a fertilizer material, mixed fertilizer or any
other substance containing one or more recognized plant
nutrients, which is used for its plant nutrient content, designed
for use or claimed to have value in promoting plant growth, and
sold, offered for sale, or intended for sale; except that it shall
not include unmanipulated animal or vegetable manures,
agricultural liming materials, wood ashes, or processed sewage
wastewater solids.
                            …when using certain products with organic
                            components containing phosphorus


                          Discussion

e. A person may apply fertilizer containing phosphorus to turf if
the fertilizer consists of manipulated animal or vegetable
manure, includes no more than 0.25 pounds of phosphorus per
1,000 square feet when applied pursuant to the instructions on
the container, and otherwise complies with the provisions of this
act.

What about animal and vegetable meals?
Does “fertilizer consists of” mean mixed fertilizers? Definition of
fertilizer in the law suggests not.
If it does apply to mixed fertilizers, what about biosolids?
                           …when using certain products with organic
                           components containing phosphorus


   Comments for the Department of Agriculture

Interpret language broadly to…
    – include animal and vegetable meals along with manures
      (AAPFCO defines meals and manures separately) ?
    – include mixed fertilizers containing the above in the
      exemption of:
      …may apply fertilizer containing phosphorus to turf if… no
      more than 0.25 pounds of phosphorus per 1,000 square
      feet when applied… ?
    – then also include biosolids as an acceptable component of
      mixed fertilizer for this exemption ?

				
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