Penn State Extension is hosting the Private Pesticide Applicator Short Course at 12 Pennsylvania locations using video conferencing. This short course is aimed at those who would like to become certified private pesticide applicators to apply restricted-use pesticides on their farm or property. This course will prepare individuals for the private applicator exam.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing standards for applicators who apply restricted-use pesticides that are not available for purchase by the general public, and require special handling.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing safety measures to stop poisonings caused by ingestion of the herbicide paraquat, which can also cause severe injuries or death from skin or eye exposure. Since 2000, there have been 17 deaths – three involving children – caused by accidental ingestion of paraquat. These cases have resulted from the pesticide being illegally transferred to beverage containers and later mistaken for a drink and consumed. A single sip can be fatal.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action to remove 72 ingredients from its list of ingredients approved for use in pesticide products. Manufacturers wishing to use these ingredients in the future will have to provide EPA with studies or information to demonstrate their safety. EPA will then consider whether to allow their use.
EPA is clarifying where first aid statements must be placed on pesticide product labels. First aid statements provide important information concerning appropriate first aid in the event of accidental exposure to a pesticide. First aid statements must be immediately visible on a pesticide product when the product is sold or distributed. It should not require opening a booklet or other manipulation of the label to read the first aid statement.
EPA is issuing guidance for requesting waivers of acute dermal toxicity testing requirements for pesticide formulations, which will lead to fewer animal tests for acute dermal toxicity for pesticides. Last March, EPA released a “Draft Retrospective Analysis for Waiving Acute Dermal Toxicity Tests for Pesticide Formulations,” which included guidance for pesticide manufacturers to request waivers of acute dermal toxicity studies for formulations.
By Marcia Anderson (of EPA’s Center of Expertise for School IPM in Dallas, Texas) Summer is a glorious time for an outdoor family BBQ. Those interested in nature can watch all of the animal families busily foraging for food. Rest assured it won’t be long until you hear the familiar buzz of house flies.
Pollinators are a vital part of America’s economy and environment. Without pollinators, it would be difficult, if not impossible, for our fruits and vegetables to grow. From June 20-26, EPA encourages you to celebrate Pollinator Protection Week, a week dedicated to highlighting the importance of bees, bats, birds, butterflies and other pollinators.
Bees and bee health are still making headlines, and sorely needed research results are finally starting to emerge. In early May, Horticultural Research Institute participated in a research symposium at Penn State University where early results from several research projects relevant to pollinator health were shared.
EPA has made available for a 60-day comment period two draft Pesticide Registration Notices (PR Notices) that are aimed at combating pesticide resistance. The first PR Notice (PR Notice 2016-X) is titled "Draft Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Pesticide Resistance Management Labeling" and the second PR Notice (PR Notice 2016-XX) is titled "Draft Guidance for Herbicide Resistance Management Labeling, Education, Training, and Stewardship."
By Marcia Anderson, EPA’s Center of Expertise for School IPM. There is nothing as pleasant as a warm spring day. Flowers are beginning to bloom, tree buds are swelling, and the air is sweet with the smell of spring. Then, you hear the buzz, feel a slight prick, and the spell is gone. Yes, April showers really do bring May flowers followed by mosquitoes. Is there anything that you can do to reduce mosquitoes and the threat of mosquito-borne diseases this year? Actually there is.
“EPA has developed its new Safer Choice label so that it will be easier for shoppers to choose cleaning and home care products that are safer for families, pets, communities and the environment,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “Our Safer Choice program empowers consumers to protect their health and minimize the impact on the environment through everyday purchasing decisions.”
Where do you keep your cleaning supplies? If you’re like most of us, you probably said under the sink. What about other household products like insect repellents and flea or tick products? Where you store your household products might seem like a small detail. However, storing cleaning and other products incorrectly could be putting your kids at risk for an accidental poisoning.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to take action to stop poisonings caused by accidental ingestion of the herbicide paraquat, which can also cause severe injuries or death from skin or eye exposure. “We are taking tough steps to prevent people from accidentally drinking paraquat and to ensure these tragic deaths become a thing of the past,” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for the office of chemical safety and pollution prevention. “We are also putting safety measures in place to prevent worker injuries from exposure to this pesticide.”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold an online technical briefing on its preliminary pollinator risk assessment for imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid insecticide, on February 18, 2016, from 1PM to 2:30PM (Eastern Standard Time). The webinar is intended to help inform the public about the results of the recently released preliminary pollinator risk assessment for imidacloprid.
The Penn State Tree Fruit Production team has reviewed and updated the Orchard Spray Spreadsheet for 2016. They have added over 30 products this year and included a new column with the PHI Release Date that should improve safety and clarity for re-entry times. They appreciate the continued support of growers and are always open to suggestions for improvements.
Penn State Extension is assessing how best to tailor our outreach and extension programming for those of you who will be the next generation of farmers. Our goal is to provide opportunities for active learning of research-based information that is applicable to your farm operation.
From the Northeastern IPM Center - Remember the video series Tracking the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug? When we first released it, we received enough accolades to fill a stink bug trap. Now we’re launching the sequel…four new installments bring important new information about integrated pest management or IPM in terms of biological control, monitoring and trapping, and the iconic pyramid traps.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, which shows a threat to some pollinators. EPA’s assessment, prepared in collaboration with California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation, indicates that imidacloprid potentially poses risk to hives when the pesticide comes in contact with certain crops that attract pollinators.
CHEMSWEEP provides Pennsylvania farmers and other licensed pesticide applicators with a means to dispose of canceled, suspended or unwanted pesticide products. By participating in this program, applicators can legally dispose of waste pesticides, generally at little or no cost.