Coronavirus and MTC

17 Mar 2020 9:32 AM | Ben Ellis (Administrator)

Dear Maryland Turfgrass Council Members,

By now I am sure everyone has been effected in some way or another by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Many of us in Maryland have had businesses closed, hiring freezes for employees, and revenue reduced by the government mandated quarantine. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who is effected both directly and indirectly by the Coronavirus.

Unfortunately, the MTC and University of MD combined Pesticide and Fertilizer Applicator Recertification class scheduled for March 27 at MDA has been postponed due to concerns for everyone’s health and Governor Hogan’s directives and closures. We have tentatively rescheduled this class to occur on Friday, May 15 at the Maryland Department of Agriculture. If the emergency crisis is still active at that time, we will postpone once again and find the next logical date.

Governor Hogan has declared a 30-day grace period after the crisis ends to complete all Professional Licenses. That is not a long period of time considering the number of license holders that must recertify; thus we are trying to stay proactive by scheduling recertification class dates so you can plan accordingly. 

The May 15th Recertification class has a maximum capacity of 100 people which we hope you can attend. We will also be offering a recertification class on June 26th at the Paint Branch Turfgrass Research Farm (maximum 30 people) and on August 19th at the Talbot Agriculture and Education Center in Easton Maryland. 

We hope that everyone remains safe while we work through the Coronavirus epidemic.


Ben Ellis

Maryland Turfgrass Council, President


The Maryland Turfgrass Council      P.O. Box 389, St. Michaels, MD 21663   Phone: (443) 742-6618       

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