3rd UF Water Institute Symposium Abstract

Submitter's Name Donald Rainey
Session Name Posters - Efficacy of Nutrient Source Control Strategies 1
Category Efficacy of nutrient source control strategies
Poster Number 4
Author(s) Donald  Rainey,  Statewide Program Coordintor (Presenting Author)
  Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Green Industries Best Management Practices (FFL/GI-BMP)
  The FFL/GI-BMP program is focused on reducing non-point source pollution resulting from fertilization or pesticide application. Situation: as of June 2009, F.S. 403.9338 (603.9338) states that all commercial fertilizer applicators must have a license from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) by January 1, 2014. To obtain this license, each Green Industry professional must be trained in the FLL/GI-BMPs and to receive a certificate of completion from UF/IFAS and FDEP. Objective: Build awareness and participation that will lead to certifying 100,000 Green Industry Professionals. Method: provide six hour in-person training, consisting of five PowerPoint modules designed to GI-BMP train/certify professionals. A pre/post-test is given to determine knowledge gained. The passing post-test score must be >75% to obtain the FFL/GI-BMP Certificate of Completion. Results: over 13,000 certified FFL/GI-BMP professionals; >15% measured knowledge gain.