Home and landowners should beware of unsolicited telephone or Internet promotions for products claiming to control weeds, insects, rodents and other pests. This warning also applies to similar promotions on fertilizer products or plant growth enhancers. If you receive such a call or Internet promotion, contact the Colorado Department of Agriculture to make sure that the products being offered are registered for use in Colorado.
These promotions often offer additional benefits that appear too good to be true. In nearly all instances, pesticides and fertilizers sold over the internet or telephone fall short of their promises, may actually harm plants and the environment, and may violate state or federal regulations.
Under Colorado State Law, every pesticide, which is distributed in this state, shall be registered with the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The goal of the Pesticide Registration program is to ensure the protection of the public and the environment from unnecessarily hazardous or fraudulent pesticide products and devices through registration and inspection. The Program covers a broad range of products. The products include those that control insects, weeds, and plant diseases, swimming pool and spa treatments, common household cleaners, and other disinfectants.
Prior to registration, product labels are reviewed and efficacy and hazards are considered. This ensures that pesticide products are properly labeled, packaged, formulated, and fulfill label claims. Inspections are conducted to check for proper registration, storage and display, and to review sales records. Other important functions of the program include review and issuance of registrations for special local needs; application for and enforcement of specific exemptions; and licensing restricted use pesticide dealers.
Contact Laura Quakenbush, Pesticide Registration Coordinator, Colorado Department of Agriculture at 303-239-4147 regarding fraudulent telephone pesticide sales or questions regarding pesticide labels.
Colorado also regulates fertilizers, soil conditioners and plant amendments sold in Colorado for agricultural and home use. Product labels and advertisements are monitored for false or misleading statements. Colorado Department of Agriculture inspectors test for quality, purity, and certify that the nutrient analysis matches the fertilizer grade specified on its label.
Contact Pat Johnson, Fertilizer program coordinator 303-867-9204, for questions regarding fertilizers and their labeling.
Please contact me, Bruce Bosley about this or other cropping systems or natural resource topics at 970-522-3200 extension 285 at Sterling or 970-542-3540 at Fort Morgan.