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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.

2007 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 2006-07:


Photo (from left): Melanie Barrow, Henry County/Martinsville; Stuart Sutphin, Danville City; Regina Prunty, King George County; Guy Mussey, Stafford County; Andy Overbay, Southwest District, on behalf of Pulaski County; Kenner Love, Rappahannock County; Cyndi Estienne, Emporia/Greensville County; and Wes Alexander, Southampton County


Pesticide Disposal Program

  • Kenner Love, Unit Coordinator and Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Crop and Soil Sciences, Rappahannock County – award given in recognition of his efforts to support environmental stewardship by identifying and addressing the pesticide disposal challenges faced by homeowners in Rappahannock County.


Pesticide Container Recycling Program

  • Pulaski County Extension Staff (accepted by Andy Overbay, Southwest District Program Leader) – award given for Pulaski County Extension’s efforts to raise public awareness and provide an opportunity to local area farmers to dispose of used plastic pesticide containers in a manner that does not threaten the environment and reduces the amount of plastic that enters the solid waste stream.


Pesticide Safety Education

  • First Place:  2007 Southside Ground Maintenance Conference, Stuart Sutphin (Danville), Melanie Barrow (Henry County/Martinsville), and Don Davis (Lynchburg City) – award given in recognition of an outstanding regional effort to serve pesticide applicators in the Green Industry.

  • Second Place:  Commercial Pesticide Certification Preparation Course - Regina Prunty (King George County), Monica Lear, Lloyd Hipkins (Glade Road Research Center, Virginia Tech), Terry Misch (King George County), Debbie Dillion (Loudoun County), Guy Mussey (Stafford County), Tom Burke (Office of Pesticide Services), Mac Saphir (Caroline County), John Howe (Spotsylvania County), Alison Bremner (Fauquier County), Missy Fike (King George County) – award given in recognition of efforts to help commercial pesticide applicators in the Green Industry operate safely and legally.

  • Third Place:  Southampton County Private Applicator Recertification Course - Wes Alexander (Southampton County) and Cyndi Estienne (Emporia/Greensville County) – award given to recognize the high quality of training developed and provided to the growers of Southside Virginia.


Dr. Wayne Surles, Program Manager, Office of Pesticide Services, VDACS, presented each agent with a commemorative plaque and a gift basket of Virginia's Finest products on behalf of the Virginia Pesticide Control Board.

This was the ninth year for the recognition program. Extension agents or district directors, Virginia Tech Pesticide Program personnel, or Office of Pesticide Services investigators interested in nominating someone for a 2007-08 award should contact the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Office of Pesticide Services at 804/371-6558.


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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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