Pennsylvania’s Top 5 Pests

On: February 22, 2019
Pests are everywhere! Some like House Mice and Termites are commonly known, while others are of the more exotic variety, and let's be honest, they're a little bit frightening. They come in all shapes and sizes with four legs, eight legs, wings, fur, and fangs. If we let our imaginations go wild, they become the creepy things that lurk in our nightmares, waiting to pounce upon the unsuspecting sleeper.

sick farm worker

Is it Pesticide Poisoning or Heat Exhaustion?

On: February 22, 2019
Pesticide poisonings are often be mistaken for symptoms of other illnesses, such as the flu, heat exhaustion, food poisoning, and asthma. When pesticide handlers become ill from working with organophosphate or carbamate insecticides in warm and hot environments, it is sometimes hard to tell whether the person is suffering from heat exhaustion or pesticide poisoning.

Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Training

Are You Ready to Renew Your Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator License?

On: February 20, 2019
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture “To maintain certification, applicators must attend update training programs in core and appropriate category-specific topics. Six core credits and up to ten category credits for each category in which the applicator is certified are required.

WPS Training

What is WPS and Why is it Important to Pennsylvania?

On: February 19, 2019
Enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency, the WPS protects the health and safety of agricultural workers. The goal of WPS is to reduce injury and health risk of people who work with pesticides.

WPS Compliance Violation

Hawaiian Farm Pays $550,000 For Failure to Comply with Worker Protection Standards (WPS)

On: January 29, 2019
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture began an initial investigation in January of 2016 and deferred the case to the EPA for enforcement later that year. The EPA determined that the Hawaiian Farm was in clear violation of the FIFRA Worker Protection Standard Regulations. In February of 2018, the farm reached an agreement with the EPA to pay $400,000 on eleven WPS training sessions and a $150,000 civil penalty.

27,600 WPS Violation

$26,700 Penalty For Failure to Meet Worker Protection Standard Requirements

On: January 29, 2019
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture found several pesticide safety violations at Wonder Farms, Inc during inspections conducted between 2012 and 2015. EPA inspectors discovered the company was out of compliance with the EPA's Worker Protection Standard and fined them $26,700.

Pennsylvania Pesticide

Pennsylvania Applicator Renewal FAQs

On: January 18, 2019
Pennsylvania private pesticide applicators must complete 6 credits of core continuing education and 6 credits of category-specific continuing education every three years by March 31st to renew their licenses.

What do Michigan Golf Course Managers and Parks and Recreation Groundskeepers have in common?

On: January 14, 2019
If you’re thinking of a career in either of the aforementioned professions, you’ll want to begin by taking a comprehensive exam prep course to help you learn everything you’ll need to know to pass the Michigan 3A Turfgrass Pest Management Exam.

Pesticide Regualtions

Do the New EPA Pesticide Rules Apply to You?

On: January 13, 2019
As of January 2, 2017, new regulations from the EPA that govern pesticides are now in effect. Federal law requires any person who applies or supervises the use of restricted use pesticides (RUPs) to be certified in accordance with EPA regulations and state, territorial and tribal laws. Do these affect you?

Indiana Pesticide Education

Ancient Pesticides

On: January 10, 2019
According to a report of ancient Greek and Roman agrarian literature covering a period roughly 200 BC to 200 AD, protective seed coverings, olive oil, soda, smoke, ashes, leek juice, and salt were commonly used to control blight, mildew and other common plant ailments.