Now that Old Man Winter has lost his firm grip on much of our area, one of the activities that will happen rather quickly this spring is the transfer and application of liquid fertilizer on the farm. Many farms take advantage of using polyethylene (poly) tanks for transportation, storage and application of fertilizers and chemicals.
Here is a newspaper story (reprinted with permission) that was run in the Daily News about the Huntingdon County Master Gardeners facilitating a Poison Prevention Program to nearly 90 first graders! Our Penn State Pesticide Education Program encourages any group to share their stories and photos of the Poison Prevention Program with us!
Typically, the third week in March is designated as Poison Prevention Week, which is March 15-21, 2015.
On February 23, 2015, the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), which supports the work of the nation’s 55 poison control centers, and the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Oregon State University, announced that they have teamed up to focus on pesticide safety and education. The two organizations will bring their collective expertise and experience to developing bilingual health and safety educational materials for the general public related to pesticides such as antimicrobials, herbicides, and insecticides. Click for links to the full joint press release from each organization.
The Pesticide Education Program, with support from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, has added a Spanish curriculum to our education efforts.
On Sept. 22, 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, confirmed the presence the Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula, (WHITE)) in Berks County, as part of its responsibility to identify plants/weeds, insects and mites, nematodes, fungi, bacteria and viruses that impact Pennsylvania’s natural resources, flora and economy. On Nov. 1, 2014, the Commonwealth announced a quarantine with the intent to restrict the movement of this pest. This is the first detection of Spotted Lanternfly in the United States.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today unveiled a new graphic that will be available to appear on insect repellent product labels. The graphic will show consumers how many hours a product will repel mosquitoes and/or ticks when used as directed. “We are working to create a system that does for bug repellents what SPF labeling did for sunscreens,” said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.
The Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling (PPCR) program is available to commercial pesticide applicators across Pennsylvania. The voluntary program offers applicators a free, easy, and responsible way to dispose of clean, empty containers. In 2013, the PPCR collected over 125,000 pounds of reusable agricultural plastics. Last year the program celebrated its 20 year anniversary, collecting nearly 2 million pounds of plastic since its inception.
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You or your employees have just taken the pesticide applicator certification exam. How soon will you get results? In the past, probably not as quick as you would prefer, but technology is helping to change that.
The registration period for CHEMSWEEP 2014 is now closed, but we are already looking ahead to next year! The counties eligible for CHEMSWEEP 2015 are: Bucks, Crawford, Dauphin, Erie, Fayette, Greene, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lycoming, Mercer, Miffl in, Montgomery, Perry, Philadelphia, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, and Westmoreland.
The following report is a summary of all official pesticide enforcement actions taken by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Division of Health and Safety against private applicators, commercial applicators, dealers, pesticide businesses, and citizens of the Commonwealth.
Calibration of air blast sprayer (ABS) equipment is the best way to ensure spray applications are effective, efficient, and economical. Poor spray coverage is the primary cause of reduced spray product performance. Regular care and maintenance will ensure the sprayer is residue-free and in good operating condition.
Are we good stewards of our environment? Are we careful and responsible for the protection of our environment? Pesticide stewardship is part of the stewardship of our environment.
Many of you may have seen the winter meeting presentation on the top tips for pesticide applicators. Here are a few of the tips included in that presentation.
In just over a year, several study material packets for the category certification exams were completely revised. The primary reason these categories needed updated was limited availability of materials currently in the packets or very outdated manuals.
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In June 2013, our office launched four online pesticide recertification courses and two more since then. In 10 months, 140 courses have been taken! As many of you found out, these are not typical online courses!
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implemented the final set of soil fumigant label changes on December 1, 2012. The new measures are intended to protect handlers, reentry workers, and bystanders from risks resulting from exposure to soil fumigant pesticides. Although the new measures are designed to address all risks, the main focus is on acute human inhalation risks associated with these products.
Butterflies dance from one flower to another while honey bees gather pollen to take back to the hive for the production of honey. This is pollination at its best, but pollination is also done by other bee species, some beetles, certain wasps, some flies, etc.