Exemplary Pesticide Programs
2004 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 2003-04:
2004 Virginia Pesticide Control Board/VDACS Agent Award Winners
Presented by Marvin A. Lawson, Director, Division of Consumer Protection, Tuesday - 10/06/04, UVA Zehmer Conference Center, Charlottesville, VA
Pesticide Container Recycling Program:
C. Taylor Clarke, Mecklenburg County
Taylor has served as an extension agent in Mecklenburg County since 1996. Taylor manages 2 pesticide container recycling programs; Mecklenburg and Brunswick counties. He has increased the number of pesticide containers recycled over the past 2 years and has worked very hard increasing participation since the program's inception in 2002. In 2004, his rejection rate was 0 %. In Brunswick County Taylor has forged a local government pesticide dealership partnership with Royster Clarke to manage the program. The Royster Clarke location in South Hill will collect and store plastic pesticide containers from local agricultural producers and is one of the few such cooperative partnerships established in the program.
Pesticide Disposal Program:
James Orband, York County
Jim Orband has served as an extension agent in York County for more than 20 years. Jim had the highest percentage of farmers to participate in the program. York County is not heavily agriculture, so Jim went out of his way to advertise the program to nonagricultural entities. His effort continued on the day of collection as he telephoned individuals to be sure that everyone was aware of the program and had the opportunity to participate.
Pesticide Applicator Recertification Program:
First Place: Last Ditch Commercial Applicator Pesticide Recertification (T. Michael Likins, Chesterfield County)
Mike organized a “last chance” late spring recertification opportunity for turf and ornamental applicators in the Central Virginia area that attracted 112 commercial and government applicators from counties as far afield as Highland, Pulaski, and Stafford. Recognizing a need for recertification opportunities in aquatic and public health pest control as well as an interest in emerging exotic pests of plants, he arranged for speakers to cover all these topics. A highlight of the day was a hands-on rotary spreader calibration exercise held outdoors on the grounds of the meeting site that kept the attendees active and involved. The course also included a well-designed one-page evaluation form that garnered plenty of information for planning future events. The evaluation also documented that the diverse audience of commercial and government applicators serve more than 1 million clients in Virginia, for a profound impact on the health and safety of the Commonwealth.
Second Place: Shenandoah Valley Pesticide Safety & Corn Variety Field Day (Eric Bendfeldt, Alan Grove, Troy Lawson (all Rockingham County) Jon Repair (Rockbridge County), Tom Stanley, Tina Horn, (both Augusta County)
This August field day was well-designed to incorporate pesticide safety information in a field day full of activities to interest both field crop and livestock producers. Holding the field day on a farm allowed for a variety of application equipment to be demonstrated and calibrated. Two timely topics covered were the potential for crop injury due to the interaction of certain soil insecticides and post emergence herbicides, and the need to check labels before using field corn pesticides on sweet corn. Insect and vertebrate pest control in livestock facilities was another popular topic in the program. The program was widely advertised and included the option of bus transportation to the farm. Over 40 applicators attended, with private applicators working over 6,000 acres of cropland and commercial applicators treating over 10,000 acres of field crops.
Third Place: Planning Districts 13 & 14 Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification (Cynthia Gregg (Brunswick County), Taylor Clarke (Mecklenburg County), Robert Jones (Charlotte County), Bobby Long (Lunenburg/Nottoway Counties), J. B. Daniel (Amelia County), Traci Talley (Halifax County), and Mark Davis (Buckingham/Prince Edward Counties)
The agents in two planning districts teamed together to create and present a comprehensive private applicator recertification opportunity that they took on the road to eight locations on ten dates and times to offer to growers in their nine counties. Over 200 growers were recertified in the 3-hour classes. Topics as varied as weed and insect identification, sprayer calibration, and biosecurity were presented using a variety of techniques, from hands-on activities to PowerPoint slides. Because the presentations and materials were well-organized in advance of the classes, two or three agents from the group could handle each class without overworking any one presenter. Results of the classes included an increase in the number of samples submitted to the insect and disease identification labs and more time spent in planning for safe and effective pesticide applications.
Source: VDACS Press Release (http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov)