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What controls are available for organic growers?

I don't want to use chemical pesticides! What controls are available for organic growers?

Many biological farmers and organic gardeners avoid the use of most chemical pesticides in order to either meet organic certification requirements or because they are concerned about the safety of most chemical pesticides. Here are a few sources where you can find information about alternative controls:


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Combined FAQ - EPA Regions

EPA Agency-wide Frequently Asked Questions database.  You can browse through the database, search, or submit a question. Here are a few FAQ links:

Fertilizer Certification

Online Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training


Virginia Cooperative Extension offers a free online training and testing program (Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training, FACT)

Upon successful completion of this online training program, users meet the requirements of becoming a Virginia Certified Fertilizer Applicator as administered through the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). The link to the FACT website is and complete instructions on how to access the system, enroll in the training, complete the training and testing, and contact information for any questions are provided.

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