Pesticide Use and Safety Among the Anabaptist Communities of Lancaster County, PA

Posted: October 13, 2013

Penn State's Jeff Graybill, MS, Agronomy Educator and Kay Moyer, RN, Farm Safety Coordinator displayed a poster at the Galaxy IV Conference in Pittsburgh in September detailing his work with Communities of Lancaster County, PA.
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Click on poster for more information.

Lancaster County, PA has a large and diverse Anabaptist farming population. Census findings indicate about 30,000 Amish and nearly an equal number of Mennonite and other groups residing within the county. A high percentage of these individuals are farmers who routinely apply agricultural pesticides. A 2008 survey found that 28.4% (n=1118) of plain sect private PA pesticide license holders were not recording their Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) use, a state mandated practice. Additionally, many applicators were not practicing safe storage and handling practices.  Click on the poster for more information.