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2014 National Poison Prevention Week

Posted on March 20th, 2014 by Kelly Over in Consumers, General

Kelly Over, our Educational Program Associate, wrote this blog about Poison Prevention Week. Kelly provides pesticide safety presentations and educational materials to Pennsylvania agricultural teachers and participates in our many consumer outreach events.
It’s National Poison Prevention Week 2014! From March 16th-22nd, Poison Prevention Week is the time to evaluate the poison prevention practices in [...]

Mr. Yuk Needs Your Help

Posted on March 17th, 2014 by Sharon Gripp in Consumers, General

This May 3, 2013 article by Dr. Michael J. Lynch is reprinted with permission. Kerry Richards and Julie Watson from our office took a road trip last week to meet with several people from the Pittsburgh Poison Center. This was an article that was shared with them and we thought it fit perfectly as a [...]

PA Department of Agriculture Inspectors Honored by EPA

Posted on February 3rd, 2014 by Sharon Gripp in General

The following article was taken from our January 2014 annual Pesticide Highlights newsletter for Private Applicators.
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture inspectors were recently honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their outstanding work to protect the state’s plant industries.
EPA Region III (representing Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Pennsylvania) gives two [...]

Our Program Was Well Represented at the Galaxy IV Conference

Posted on September 23rd, 2013 by Kerry Richards in General, Places/Events

This week’s blog was written by Kerry Richards, the Pesticide Education Program Director.
Pennsylvania played host to the Galaxy IV Conference with the theme of Bridging the Centuries: A New Era for Extension from September 16-20, 2013. The David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh was the venue for  2,400 participants. The conference offered 24 different [...]

Keep Safe with Back to School Hustle Bustle

Posted on September 2nd, 2013 by Kelly Over in General

Kelly Over, our Education Program Assistant, helps coordinate our consumer and youth outreach education programming.
As September nears and students return to the classroom, many families adjust to the back to school routine. Even as this is an exciting time of year with many activities and busy schedules, be sure to be conscious and take time [...]

Be Aware of Mosquitoes and the Possibility of West Nile Virus in Your Area

Posted on August 26th, 2013 by Bill Riden in Consumers, General

Bill Riden, our Pesticide Education Specialist, wrote this blog article.

Reducing Standing Water is Critical!
A summer of frequent rains can mean a summer of high mosquito populations. The frequent rains give plenty of opportunities for standing water, the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. Walk around your home or farm, do you have [...]

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 [...]

The AEE Student Teacher Workshop: Exploring Pesticide Education with an Incredible Group of Young Educators

Posted on January 28th, 2013 by Kelly Over in General

Kelly Over, our Education Program Assistant, starts off our 2013 blog with a recap of a recent workshop done for the Penn State Agricultural and Extension Education student teachers.
The Penn State Pesticide Education Program (PEP) is grateful for partnerships with the Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators and Penn State Agricultural and Extension Education, enabling a [...]

West Nile Virus in 2012: A Year to Remember

Posted on November 12th, 2012 by Sharon Gripp in General

It is November and we can finally say good-bye to Pennsylvania’s West Nile Virus season. 2012 will be remembered for the early horse detection in March and the record number of positive detections since surveillance started in 2000.Unfortunately for the human victims of West Nile Virus, some may be living with the serious effects of [...]

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 [...]