2015 Poison Prevention Week

Posted on March 16th, 2015 by Kelly Lowery in Announcements

It’s March, which means National Poison Prevention Week! Typically, the third week in March is designated as Poison Prevention Week, which is March 15-21, 2015. At this time of year, families are encouraged to evaluate practices in their home, ensuring that anything potentially poisonous is appropriately stored in a locked cabinet and out of reach [...]

Pesticide Applicator Short Course in Mill Hall and Dallas, PA

Posted on March 4th, 2015 by Sharon Gripp in Announcements, Applicators

Once again, the Pesticide Applicator Short Course will be offered in Mill Hall and Dallas. This course prepares professionals to take the certified pesticide applicator exams in Core and Categories 06 (Ornamental and Shade Trees), 07 (Lawn and Turf), and 23 (Park and School Pest Control). The Dallas location will also have training for Category [...]

Pests and Poison Safety at the Whitaker Center

Posted on March 2nd, 2015 by Kelly Lowery in Announcements, Consumers, Places/Events

The Penn State Pesticide Education Program is very excited to participate in an outreach program at the Whitaker Center on Saturday, March 7, 2015, from 11 AM – 3 PM.
Whitaker Center Poster
The Whitaker Center, located in Harrisburg, PA, attracts individuals of all ages with a Science Center, digital cinema, and performances. Check out parking instructions, [...]

New Staff at the Penn State Pesticide Education Program

Posted on February 9th, 2015 by Sharon Gripp in Announcements, General

We are very excited to introduce two new staff members of the Penn State Pesticide Education Program. Ed Crow started with us in August as a wage-payroll employee, and Eric Denemark just started as full-time employee 2 weeks ago.
Eric Denemark
Ed Crow
Ed Crow
Ed brings a regulatory perspective to our program as a regulatory education specialist. Before [...]

Upcoming Major Events for the Penn State Pesticide Education Program

Posted on January 26th, 2015 by Sharon Gripp in Announcements, General

After a fast start to 2015–staffing our Pennsylvania Farm Show exhibit–we thought we would try to list some of the major events that our program will be participating in throughout 2015. We hope that we have a stop near you so that you can come see us and hear our pesticide safety message. You will [...]

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

Posted on December 22nd, 2014 by Nick Richards in Announcements, Places/Events

It’s December, so the best holiday is right around the corner! Oh, you know the one, The Pennsylvania Farm Show is happening January 10th through January 17th, 2015! For the 99th time, this eight-day long festival will draw thousands of visitors to interact with the agricultural industry. Admission is absolutely FREE; however, you will need [...]

Dishwasher and Detergent Pods: Continuing Concerns About Accidental Poisonings

Posted on December 8th, 2014 by Kelly Lowery 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 [...]