Exemplary Pesticide Programs
2002 Award Winners
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and the Virginia Pesticide Control Board have recognized Virginia Cooperative Extension agents throughout Virginia for their outstanding participation in the pesticide container recycling program and the pesticide safety education courses. The following agents were recognized for their outstanding performance during 2001-02:
2002 Virginia Pesticide Control Board/VDACS Agent Award Winners
Presented by Donald Fritz, Chair, Virginia Pesticide Control Board, Tuesday - 11/06/02, Donaldson Brown Conference Center, Blacksburg, VA
On November 6, 2002, the Virginia Pesticide Control Board recognized eleven Virginia Cooperative Extension agents for their outstanding participation in three programs: pesticide container recycling, pesticide disposal, and pesticide applicator recertification. The following agents were recognized for their outstanding performance during 2002:
- Philip Blevins, Washington County, Pesticide Disposal Program Award
- Steve Hopkins, Orange County, Pesticide Container Recycling Program Award
- Samuel Johnson, Westmoreland County, Pesticide Recertification Award: Crop Production Meeting
- Keith Dickinson, Fauquier County, Pesticide Recertification Award: Single Agent Program
- Traci Gilland, Portsmouth;Dawn Alleman, Norfolk; Randy Jackson, Virginia Beach; James Orband, York County; Ed Overton, James City County; Lynette Swanson, Chesapeake; and James Williams, Hampton; Pesticide Recertification Award: Multiple Agent Program.
Mr. Donald Fritz, chair of the Pesticide Control Board, presented each agent with a commemorative plaque and a gift basket of Virginia's Finest products. “The pesticide disposal program, the container recycling program, and pesticide applicator certification are three key programs that are very popular and successful," said Fritz, "and we rely on the cooperation of Extension agents to make each of them happen. These programs benefit farmers, the environment, and pesticide safety in Virginia, and we are grateful to these dedicated agents for their assistance. They made Virginia a safer place to live through their efforts.”
This was the fourth year for the recognition program. Extension agents or district directors, Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs personnel, or Office of Pesticide Services investigators interested in nominating someone for a 2003 award should contact VDACS' Office of Pesticide Services at 804/371-6558.
Source: VDACS Press Release (http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov)