Announcements

Come Learn about the Birds and Bees, and Other Pollinators Too!

Posted on August 11th, 2014 by Sharon Gripp in Announcements, Places/Events

This blog was written by Kerry Richards, the Penn State Pesticide Education Program Director.

What is a pollinator?
Why are they important?
What can you do to help protect pollinators?
Did you know that one in every three bites of food you eat relies on a pollinator to get from the plant to the table?

The answers to these [...]

Got Stink Bugs? Answer a Survey and Get a Free Resource!

Posted on May 19th, 2014 by Sharon Gripp in Announcements

Are you a grower? Got stink bugs? StopBMSB needs your help!
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. Image by Steven Jacobs.
The Outreach Team for StopBMSB are surveying growers to assess the impact of the brown marmorated stink bug on crops and collecting information that will help them defeat this pest.
Receive a free Field Guide to Stink Bugs when [...]

The Air Blast Sprayer Calibration Program Continues

Posted on April 21st, 2014 by Sharon Gripp in Announcements, Applicators

The Penn State Pesticide Education Program is excited to again offer boom sprayer and air blast sprayer calibrations for Pennsylvania growers who request them. Calibration of air blast sprayer (ABS) and boom sprayer equipment is the best way to ensure spray applications are effective, efficient, and economical. Poor spray coverage is the primary cause of [...]

Spring is Here; Get Ready for HHW Events!

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 by Sharon Gripp in Announcements, Consumers

In our January blogs, we talked about two waste disposal programs that are available in Pennsylvania: Household Hazardous Waste Program: Plan to Use It in 2014 and Some Changes for the CHEMSWEEP Program. Besides being great programs on their own, sometimes these two programs partner together. At these events, the CHEMSWEEP Program accepts all the [...]

March and April 2014 Pesticide Applicator Short Courses

Posted on February 25th, 2014 by Sharon Gripp in Announcements, Applicators

Pesticides are often a necessary tool to control pests on lawns and landscapes. In some instances, a homeowner may feel comfortable dealing with the pest situation on their own. Often times, a problem presents itself in the landscape in which a professional is needed to correct [...]

Kindergarten through 8th Grade — START DRAWING!

Posted on February 11th, 2013 by Christina Becker in Announcements, Consumers

This week’s blog is written by Christina Becker, an Extension Specialist in the Penn State Pesticide Education Program. Chris coordinates the statewide Poison Prevention Outreach Program for our office, which is well underway for March 2013.
Make Posters for the 2013 Poison Prevention State and National Poster Contests
…to draw a Poison Prevention Poster!
Nationally, March is Poison [...]

2012 State Poster Contest Winners Recognized at PA Farm Show in January 2013

Posted on February 4th, 2013 by Christina Becker in Announcements, General

This week’s blog is written by Christina Becker, an Extension Specialist in the Penn State Pesticide Education Program. Chris coordinates the statewide Poison Prevention Outreach Program for our office, which is well underway for March 2013.

Winners of the 2nd Annual Pennsylvania Poison Prevention Poster Contest were recognized at the Pennsylvania Farm Show [...]

Mercer County Student Takes Top Honors in the National Poison Prevention Contest

Posted on November 6th, 2012 by Christina Becker in Announcements, General

This week’s blog is written by Christina Becker, an Extension Specialist in the Penn State Pesticide Education Program. Chris coordinates the statewide Poison Prevention Outreach Program for our office, which is quite an undertaking. Not mentioned in the blog below is that last year, the program reached over 8,000 kids! Chris has already begun her [...]

Our Office Has Moved!

Posted on October 15th, 2012 by Sharon Gripp in Announcements

A Change of Address Again!
Last year the College encouraged us to revamp our website to adopt their new template, and this also included a change in our URL, or web address, to extension.psu.edu/pesticide-education. (We were allowed to maintain our old, short URL: www.pested.psu.edu, so that one still works.) This  forced us to clean up our website [...]

Sign up for the Fall Pesticide Applicator Short Course

Posted on September 10th, 2012 by Sharon Gripp in Announcements

What is the Pesticide Applicator Short Course?
Pesticides are often a necessary tool to control pests on lawns and landscapes. In some instances, a homeowner may feel comfortable dealing with the pest situation on their own. Often times, a problem presents itself in the landscape in which a professional is needed [...]