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.
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) inspectors were recently honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their outstanding work to protect the state’s plant industries.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached agreement with Reckitt Benckiser Inc. to cancel 12 d-CON mouse and rat poison products that do not currently comply with EPA safety standards. “Millions of households use mouse and rat poison products each year. Canceling these products will help prevent risks to children, pets and wildlife,” said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “This voluntary move will get us far faster results than would otherwise be achieved through an administrative process.”
Extension professionals and pesticide industry representatives have consistently reminded growers to read the pesticide label thoroughly and to observe any and all precautions that are listed on the label. While the label is considered to be “the law” we often see growers try to stretch the pesticide label to meet pest control challenges that they are facing in their greenhouse, field, or orchard.
University Park, Pa. -- Scientists in the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State received three grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation to study various threats to honeybees, including disease, pesticides and the extinction and invasion of other species into their habitats.
EPA’s response to the petition, “Pesticides in the Air – Kids At Risk: Petition to EPA to Protect Children From Pesticide Drift,” dated March 31, 2014, has been posted to the Web. The petition was submitted in October 2009 by Earthjustice and Farmworker Justice on behalf of a group of health and environmental organizations that included Pesticide Action Network North America and the United Farmworkers. Related documents are available at www.regulations.gov in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0825, and the agency's response will also be posted there shortly.