Florida Cotton, Peanuts: Planning to Use Aldicarb this Season? Get Your Permit from FDACS

Granular aldicarb. Photo: AgLogic

Aldicarb products are restricted use pesticides used primarily to control mites, nematodes and insect pests in a limited number of crops. These products are closely regulated because of their toxicity.  Visit this site to read the AgLogic’s Aldicarb’s label.

Aldicarb Permit Requirements in Florida

Anyone who applies Aldicarb in Florida is required to obtain a permit from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) for each application. The permit must be issued before the application is made.

Because Aldicarb is a restricted use pesticide, applicators must have a Florida restricted use pesticide applicator license before approval will be granted for Aldicarb applications in Florida. The license type and categories must be appropriate for the site to which Aldicarb will be applied.

Federal and state laws require anyone using Aldicarb, or any other pesticide to read and follow all label directions. Penalties for improper use of any pesticide include possible fines of up to $10,000 per violation plus suspension, revocation, or probation of your pesticide applicator license.

Record-Keeping Requirements

Individuals who obtain Aldicarb permits are required to keep the approved permit and any associated attachments (maps, well construction documentation, etc.) for two years. Permit records must be made available to authorized FDACS representatives upon request for review, photocopying and/or photographing.

How to Apply for an Aldicarb Permit

To obtain a permit to apply Aldicarb in Florida, download and complete the Aldicarb Permit Application.

Time Frames for Permits

Permit applications are generally processed within three to five business days of receipt, and approved permits are emailed to permit applicants.  Application of Aldicarb may begin as soon as a permit is approved and an FDACS approval number is received.  Permits for application of Aldicarb to cotton and peanuts are approved for six-month periods and may be issued at any time of the year. Aldicarb can only be applied at approved, permitted sites.

Aldicarb & Citrus

In Florida, Aldicarb is used primarily on cotton and peanuts. The application of Aldicarb to citrus is not permitted in Florida. On January 12, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a news release announcing that the EPA is registering one technical product, a supplemental label, and one new end-use product for the insecticide Aldicarb for use on oranges and grapefruit in Florida.

The registration limits the product’s sale and distribution to an amount allowing up to 100,000 acres in Florida to be treated each application season (Nov. 15-April 30) for three growing seasons, expiring on April 30, 2023. Despite the EPA registration, Aldicarb is not registered and approved for use on citrus (oranges and grapefruit) in Florida at this time.




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