The Iowa Legislature recently passed changes to the Iowa Code that will affect commercial, public and private pesticide applicators. Previously, commercial, public and private applicators had the option of paying one-year or three-year certification fees. Effective July 1, 2012, one-year certification fees were no longer available. All individual pesticide applicator certification fees will now cover three years. Certified pesticide applicators that currently pay one-year fees but are in a three-year qualification cycle will be eligible to pay the one-year certification renewal fee until the existing cycle expiration date.
Another change that took effect July 1, 2012, concerns evidence of financial responsibility for commercial pesticide applicator businesses. To be issued a license, commercial pesticide applicator licensees (businesses) will be required to provide proof of financial responsibility for a minimum amount of $250,000 for property damage and $250,000 for public liability, each separately. Certificates of insurance meeting the $250,000 minimum requirements will be required to renew commercial pesticide applicator licenses for 2013. Certificates of insurance issued prior to July 1, 2012, will expire on December 31, 2012.
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