About Us

The Pesticide Education Program strives to educate all pesticide applicators and users across the Commonwealth about pest management alternatives, including the safe, proper, and legal use of pesticides. The program promotes responsible decision-making, which will protect pesticide users, public health, plant and animal health, and the environment.

Our Goals

  1. Fostering the development and maintenance of productive, profitable, and competitive businesses and a sustainable food system in Pennsylvania's changing economic climate;
  2. Ensuring the long-term vitality and sustainability of Pennsylvania's natural resources and local environments as related to pesticides and pest management; and
  3. Enabling people to reach informed decisions on complex issues involving the use of pesticides by providing information and educational opportunities.

How We Accomplish Them

  • Providing recertification training as requested;
  • Providing relevant pesticide and pest management videos and slide show presentations
  • Updating fact sheets and developing new ones as needed
  • Updating current pesticide applicator study materials
  • Providing in-service education courses for Penn State technical service employees, faculty, and county staff
  • Developing Pesticide Education/Integrated Pest Management curricula and educational materials for secondary science and agricultural science teachers