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Fertizona is Arizona’s largest agricultural fertilizer and crop protection retailer. With 9 locations located throughout Southern California, Arizona and Northern Mexico, and a regional trucking depot, fertilizer production facilities, and seed coating operation.
Fertizona and its member companies, Compton Ag Services, Ag Express, and CYC Seed Company provide inputs for Southwestern growers, turf managers, nurseries, landscapers, and municipalities. With an experienced staff of Pest Control Advisors, Agronomists and Turf Managers, we provide superior service and knowledge and provide for our Southwestern agriculture.
Given the unpredictable nature of farming in the Southwest, smart growers here agree that crop insurance is a good idea. But what exactly does that mean? There are countless types of insurance policies and options, and the situation is now getting even more complicated.
“The new Farm Bill is a game changer,” says Gary McKenzie, president of FARM, Inc., an Arizona firm specializing in crop insurance and agricultural financial management. “Farmers used to have a lot more government-supported safety nets, but with the new bill, now there's more responsibility for a grower to find his own insurance.”
“With all the new stuff in the Farm Bill, some of our customers are trying to figure out what to do (about insurance),” agrees Lamont Lacy, Credit Manager – Fertizona (pictured, left). “There are still lots of good options available. Growers just need to talk to their agent.”
The choices include insurance through private companies as well as government-subsidized programs. The trick is to work with a knowledgeable, reputable provider who can walk you through the process to explain the most suitable and cost effective policies.
“For example, growers can get multi-peril insurance with a level of protection they choose, based on their yield history,” says McKenzie, “but the program rules can be different by crop and by county.”
Those rules include deadlines for both sign-up and planting. An important case in point is June 1st, the cut-off date for planting cotton in most counties in Arizona if you want it to qualify for insurance.
“There’s definitely some confusion and misunderstanding out there,” adds McKenzie. “We want to make sure growers are up to speed so they can be on top of things.”
If you have questions or need advice about crop insurance, talk to your local Fertizona or Compton Ag rep, or contact Lamont Lacy at 520.836.7477.
Recent legislation approved by the Arizona state government now puts golf course employees under the jurisdiction of the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA). That means pesticide applicators who are employed by a golf course and do not provide pest management services “for hire” are now regulated by the ADA and need to obtain an ADA Private Applicator Certification. Those who provide professional pest management services “for hire” on golf courses remain under the jurisdiction of the OPM (Office of Pest Management).
Applicators currently certified by the OPM by 09/13/2013 can transfer over to the ADA, provided they obtain three Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for each year desired. Three additional CEUs are required per year to obtain Aquatic or Fumigation endorsement. The fee for an ADA license is $100/year. You can check the status of a Certification, License or Registration by going to the Department’s website (www.azda.gov) and clicking on the “License Search” tab. All current Certifications, Licenses and Registrations expire on May 31st, so you need to act quickly.
Additionally, the golf courses will need to apply for a Grower’s Permit, and a 1080 form must be completed for all soil-applied applications of “active ingredients” that appear on the Ground Water Protection List.
For more information or to obtain a license application, contact the Arizona Department of Agriculture at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 602.542.3578.