Highlights of the New Worker Protection Standard
July 28, 2016
In late 2015 the Environmental Protection Agency issued the long awaited revision to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS). Although it is now technically active it will not be enforced until 2017 but the original WPS will still be enforced until the end of 2016. Please keep in mind that the WPS covers both restricted use AND general use pesticides. This article will deal with the highlights to the revision but also some areas of the current WPS that need emphasized.
Cucurbit Downy Mildew Status Update
July 27, 2016
Reports of downy mildew on cucumber continue to increase and now include Lancaster, Chester and Delaware Counties in PA as well as new reports on cucumber in NJ, NY, MI and Ontario, Canada. Earlier this week was the first report on cantaloupe in northeastern OH in Medina County. Disease spread is most likely in the northeastern and southeastern portions of PA in the upcoming days.
The Worker Protection Standard and Safety Data Sheets
July 27, 2016
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) have been renamed and are now referred to as Safety Data Sheets (SDS). According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Hazard Communication Standard requires the new format starting on June 1, 2016. One of the primary reasons for the change is that OSHA requires all SDSs to use a standard format.
20th Anniversary "Are You Crazy?" Retail Farm Market Bus Tour hits the road in September
July 25, 2016
Join Penn State Extension for a special 20th Anniversary Are You Crazy? Retail Farm Market Bus Tour of the Finger Lakes region of New York on September 13 and 14, 2016. This tour is for retail farm market professionals and is held at the height of the season to enable participants to learn from their regional farm market peers during their best and most robust season. The 2016 event will include behind the scenes tours and information directly from farm market owners including unique display and merchandising ideas and information on market expansion and farm transition.