U of I seeks Extension Specialist, Pesticide Safety

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Department of Crop Sciences Extension Specialist, Pesticide Safety Education – Entomology

PRIMARY FUNCTION Work as part of an interdisciplinary team to prepare educational materials and conduct training clinics to support the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) for state licensing requirements. Continue reading

EPA grant of nearly $175,000 to state of Oklahoma will support pesticide safety

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $174,814 to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to support a wide range of pesticide programs, including enforcement and outreach efforts. The department has authority from EPA to regulate pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act in Oklahoma.

“The safe use of pesticides is a vital tool for the agricultural community,” said Acting Regional Administrator Sam Coleman. “This grant will help Oklahoma continue its effective pesticide programs.” Continue reading

Protect Yourself from Pesticides poster available

On June 30th the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC) launched its next resource, “Protect Yourself from Pesticides”, a poster satisfying the display requirements of the revised 2015 Worker Protection Standard (§170.311).

The poster is available on the PERC website in two sizes (11”x17” and 22”x34.5”) and in a combination of English and Spanish: Continue reading

EPA and Texas Partner on Pesticide Safety

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $585,730 to the Texas Department of Agriculture to support a wide range of pesticide programs, including enforcement and outreach efforts.

“At EPA, we are protecting the environment by engaging our state partners,” said Administrator Scott Pruitt. “This grant represents what EPA is all about, empowering our states to protect their environment.” Continue reading

Pesticide safety manual available

The Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC) in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is delighted to share the highly anticipated resource, “National Worker Protection Standard: A Manual for Trainers of Agricultural Workers and Pesticide Handlers.” Changes to the standard in 2015 have made the previous manual obsolete. This updated manual is written in English and PERC plans to release a Spanish version in spring 2017.

The document may be accessed and downloaded from the PERC website at: http://pesticideresources.org/wps/ttt/manual/index.html Continue reading

Executive Director for New National Pesticide Safety Education Center

The National Pesticide Safety Education Center is a new entrepreneurial venture led by university extension Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) state and territory coordinators. Planned to become the premier national provider of pesticide safety education, its focus will be in establishing a national website that aggregates, cross-references and expands access to individual state’s pesticide safety offerings in a way that ensures high quality research-based education and generates revenue for local Cooperative Extension programs. The successful candidate will be an independent contractor, working virtually using eXtension’s resources. The position requires an entrepreneurial leader who can build a financially self-sustaining organization within two years. Deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, Friday, October 21, 2016.

A detailed position description can be found here:  https://catalog.extension.org/catalog?pagename=NPSEC-ExDir.

Pesticide Safety Education Funds Management Program

The Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants to manage a Pesticide Safety Education Funds Management Program (PSEFMP). Specifically, EPA is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants to establish and administer a national subaward program in support of pesticide applicator education and training for certified applicators of restricted use pesticides. A subaward program includes, but is not limited to, the administration and distribution of funds, monitoring subrecipients and measuring and reporting on results. Continue reading