Spanish Pesticide Safety Education for Underserved Populations

Posted on February 23rd, 2015 by Hector Nunez-Contreras in General

This blog is written by Hector Nunez-Contreras who is our program’s bilingual Program Associate Educator.
The Pesticide Education Program, with support from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, has added a Spanish curriculum to our education efforts. This is an ongoing task with the objective of offering the majority of our training materials in Spanish. The [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

FREE Apps for Pest Management

Posted on May 5th, 2014 by Andrew Frankenfield in Applicators, General

The following information was provided to us from Andrew Frankenfield, a Penn State Extension Educator from Montgomery County. (Sharon Gripp added links and logos.)

Tank Mix Calculator for iPhone + Android
This agriculture application is provided free for any farmer to use on their mobile device to quickly and easily generate a tank mix. Just enter your [...]

2014 National Poison Prevention Week

Posted on March 20th, 2014 by Kelly Lowery 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 Lowery 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 [...]