Welcome to COMMERCIAL HORTICULTURE.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nikky by email or by calling 755-3240. The Extension Office can help with business information, finding training programs, offering pesticide licensing programs, and helping to solve problems that may arise at your operation. If you have a problems with a plant/crop, feel free to contact the Lake County Extension Office or if it's a serious problem, the Purdue Pest and Diagnostic Lab http://www.ppdl.purdue.edu/ppdl/.
Commercial Pesticide License
If you are a grower that sprays pesticides over more than your own property, you will need to acquire a Commercial Pesticide License. Please contact Nikky about how to do this and check out the information on the Office of the Indiana State Chemist website. For those that are licensed, there are several programs that are offered in Lake County so that you may earn your recertification credits. See the list below of common programs or visit this website: https://www.isco.purdue.edu/exec/index.php?nav=pest&p1=conf.
Private Pesticide Applicator License
If you spray pesticides only at your location/greenhouse, you will need to acquire a Private Applicator License. The process is outlined on the Purdue Pesticide page and you can contact Nikky for more information. For more upcoming programs where you can earn credits, please check out the Purdue Pesticide Program Calendar of Events - http://btny.agriculture.purdue.edu/parpevents.