Indiana panel OKs tougher golf course pesticide rule

A state panel has approved a new rule requiring workers who apply pesticides at Indiana’s golf courses to be certified
and licensed.

The rule approved by the Indiana Pesticide Review Board went into effect Aug. 1, but a Purdue University-based
office is gradually phasing in its enforcement.

It requires pesticide applicators to be certified and licensed.
If they’re not, they must be under the direct supervision of a certified applicator. It also requires Indiana’s 500 to 600
golf courses to keep records of all pesticide applications for at least two years.

Violating the new rule carries
penalties ranging from warning letters to fines

The rule covers any use of herbicides for weeds, insecticides for
bugs or fungicides for turf diseases on driving ranges.

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