Dishwasher and Detergent Pods: Continuing Concerns About Accidental Poisonings

Posted on December 8th, 2014 by Kelly Over in Announcements

Kelly Over, our Education Program Assistant, wrote this blog.

Here is an example of dish detergent pods.
Dishwasher and detergent pods are a conveniently packaged option that can result in less waste and greater product efficiency than its traditional counterparts. While the pods, or also referred to as packs, might provide a solution for homeowners, parents and [...]

CHEMSWEEP in 18 Counties This Year!

Posted on November 24th, 2014 by Sharon Gripp in Announcements, Applicators

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is again offering the CHEMSWEEP Program to those agricultural businesses and pesticide applicators in the selected 18 counties. The program is available in different counties each year and the 2015 counties include: Bucks, Crawford, Dauphin, Erie, Fayette, Greene, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lycoming, Mercer, Mifflin, Montgomery, Perry, Philadelphia, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, and [...]

A New Invasive Insect: The Spotted Lanternfly

Posted on November 17th, 2014 by Ed Crow in Announcements, General

This blog article was put together by our newest part-time staff member, Ed Crow. Although Ed is officially retired from the Maryland Department of Agriculture, he still wanted to remain active helping pesticide applicators.

An adult Spotted Lanternfly (Photograph by Holly Raguza, PA Dept of Agriculture)

An adult Spotted Lanternfly (Photograph by Lawrence Barringer, PA [...]

Let Me Introduce Our Staff Once Again

Posted on November 3rd, 2014 by Sharon Gripp in Announcements

Well, it has been quite a while that we have updated our readers about who is on staff at the Penn State Pesticide Education Program. I also realized that we needed to update our staff photos. However, getting us all together in one place can be quite the challenge! In a future blog, we will [...]

EPA Recognizes National Farm Safety and Health Week

Posted on September 29th, 2014 by Sharon Gripp in Announcements

National Farm Safety and Health Week was September 21-27. EPA promoted the importance of a safer and healthier agricultural work environment. The 2014 theme was “Safety Counts: Protecting What Matters.” This emphasizes EPA’s efforts to support the health and safety of farmworker communities. The “EPA Recognizes National Farm Safety and Health Week: Supports Safer and [...]

September Means Back To School: Educator Resources and The Great Insect Fair

Posted on September 8th, 2014 by Sharon Gripp in Announcements

This blog is written by Kelly Lowery, our education program associate.
September typically means back to school for many students. Last year, our Back to School blog focused on safety around the home with a busier fall schedule. This year, we want to focus a Back to School blog for educators as we share some of [...]

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

Posted on August 11th, 2014 by Kerry Richards 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 [...]