EPA Solicits Proposals for a Cooperative Agreement to Conduct the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC)

EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting applications for a cooperative agreement to run the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), which provides the public with objective, science-based information on pesticide-related subjects. EPA expects to provide up to $1,000,000 annually, depending on the Agency’s budget, for a total of 5 years (2019-2024).

As in the past, the cooperative agreement will carry out the NPIC through a website, toll-free telephone service and outreach. Trained experts will respond to questions on the risks associated with pesticide use, restrictions on pesticide use, who to contact for regulatory enforcement, and how to report information on incidents. It will also collect information on suspected incidents that callers give voluntarily. Continue reading

Two new online resources provide a wealth of information on managing pests in schools

Three years ago, the principal at John McDonogh High School in New Orleans knew he needed help with multiple pest problems at the school but wasn’t sure where to start. Now two websites exist that provide any school personnel with materials on how to use integrated pest management to handle a pest problem.

In 2014, Dawn Gouge at the University of Arizona and Janet Hurley at Texas A&M AgriLife received two separate grants from the Environmental Protection Agency to provide online resources on integrated pest management for school personnel. Gouge used her grant to focus on education and training for personnel, while Hurley planned a one-stop online “big box store” of IPM resources, including documents, training, pest ID pamphlets, state legislation and more. Continue reading

New mosquito resources at NPIC

The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) has compiled a list of resources about mosquitoes and protecting yourself against the Zika virus. 

NPIC provides objective, science-based information about pesticides and pesticide-related topics to enable people to make informed decisions about pesticides and their use. NPIC is a cooperative agreement between Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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National Poison Prevention Week posters still available

March 20-26 is National Poison Prevention Week, and the National Pesticide Information Center still has large supplies of this year’s National Poison Prevention Week posters available that you can order for your schools/organizations. Up to 25 copies of each poster can be ordered and will be shipped to you for free. To view this year’s posters, ordering information, or more information on how students can enter the contest, visit the following link. Continue reading

New pest management resources available

The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) has some new online resources, including information on beneficial insects and organic pest management.

New search mechanism for pesticide product information:

NPIC Pesticide Research Online (NPRO)

Webinar explaining NPRO (30+ minutes)

For help getting started with NPRO, call us at 1-800-858-7378. Continue reading

Webinar on pesticide product search tool

On Thursday June 25th, 2015, at 1:00 pm. EST, the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) will host a webinar on their newest pesticide product search tool (NPRO).

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Pesticide Web Apps Now Available from NPIC

The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) has developed four mobile Web applications (apps) to help consumers and pesticide applicators quickly find pest control solutions, insect repellents, and other information on pesticides when they are on the go. The apps work within most smart phone and tablet browsers, making it easier for users to get this important information when they aren’t at a computer.

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School and urban pest webinar series

Several webinars start in February for anyone who works with urban pests, or those who just want to learn how to deal responsibly with pests on their property. Continue reading