Penn State Extension hosts Private Pesticide Applicator Short Course
January 30, 2017
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.
EPA Takes Action to Prevent Poisonings from Herbicide
December 20, 2016
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.