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EPA's lawn and garden page has resources valuable for teaching consumer pesticide safety and environmentally-friendly pest management methods. This includes a series of videos on effective lawn care methods. Some show master gardeners helping consumers - obviously EPA was sensitive to the Extension partnership we enjoy with the federal agency and it state lead agencies in developing this content.

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Exemplary Pesticide Programs

Annual pesticide programming excellence awards are sponsored by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. These are presented at the annual pesticide safety educators workshop to teams and individuals who are nominated by their peers for their excellent programs in pesticide safety, disposal and recycling throughout Virginia.

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 (

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PPP Publications

Purdue Pesticide Programs offers many books distributed at the PSEW for sale at a very reasonable cost.  Click HERE to go to their order page.

EHSS Respiratory Protection Program

Virginia Tech Environmental Health and Safety has a Respiratory Protection Program that can be very helpful to agents seeking occupational respiratory protection or as a resource for putting together an educational program. The program website is: The EHSS respiratory specialist is Valerie Pegues.

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