LICENSING AND MONITORING
To ensure the safe, environmentally sound and effective use of pesticides in California, regulations require that 1) licensed professionals recommend and apply pesticides, or 2) growers and/or their employees who apply pesticides are properly trained and certified. In addition, every California pesticide applicator must register with their local county agricultural commissioner’s office for an annual permit, and some pesticides require a specific permit from the commissioner’s office prior to application. This provides local oversight over pesticide applications in California and is unique in the United States.
In 1990, California DPR instituted a program of “100 percent use reporting.” This means that all growers must report to the county in which they farm every pesticide application they make. The report must include the name of the product, the amount applied, the acreage, and the date and location of the application. The DPR compiles these pesticide use reports on an annual basis, and the results are available online approximately one year after the end of the calendar year.