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A compilation of pesticide safety education and pest management program information and helpful resources offered by VTPP.

Best Management Practices for Pesticide Applicators

This section provides a series of best management practices that all pesticide applicators should follow. This is whether you are a professional applicator or an amateur. Along with this information are links to BMPs for specific crop production. All of our BMPs are geared to promoting safety, integrated pest management, and protection of the environment.

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Pesticides and Pollinators

All pollinators are vulnerable to a number of different pesticides. Application of pesticides on flowering plants is the greatest hazard. In 1889, William B. Alwood, horticulturist and pest management specialist at Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Virginia Tech) cautioned grape growers in Albemarle County (VA) to not spray their grapes when in bloom to avoid killing honey bees. Professor Alwood's advice is the most important practice of pollinator protection when dealing with pesticides.

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Federal Laws & Regulations Affecting Pesticide Use in Virginia

A review of federal and (Virginia) state regulations.

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Worker Protection Standard Compliance

The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a federal law requiring employers to protect their workers and handlers from exposure to pesticides applied on forests, ranches, farms and greenhouses. WPS is enforced by the US Environmental Protection Agency and in Virginia by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. WPS has some very specific requirements that employers need to adhere to in order to avoid violating the law. This section provides information on this rule and compliance assistance.

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Endangered Species and Pesticide Regulation

Since 1989, pesticides have been subjected to regulation associated with protection of endangered species. This program has been slow to unfold, but within the next few years the USEPA will require pesticide labels to invoke special compliance requirements for pesticide applications near or within the range of endangered and threatened species.

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Control Your Drops

Protect Virginia's Sensitive Areas -- Control Your Drops & Control Your Drift

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Protecting Your Chemical Storage Area from Storms and Floods

Farmers, businesses, and homeowners need to consider all the chemicals they have stored when they prepare for a flood or storm event. In the rush to prepare for the imminent arrival of a storm, many people overlook the potential complications that can arise if toxic materials fall victim to high winds and floodwaters.

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Resources for Consumers

A variety of educational resources to help the consumers understand how to safely handle pesticides in the home and garden, and gain knowledge about common pests and pest controls associated with our food, water, air, homes, and other aspects of our daily lives.

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Sprayer Tutorial

Sprayers are the most common pesticide application equipment. They are standard equipment for nearly every pesticide applicator and are used in every type of pest control operation. Sprayers range in size and complexity from simple, hand-held models to intricate machines weighing several tons.

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Fundamentals of Sprayer Calibration

A tutorial and movie dedicated to help the applicator learn the basic principles of sprayer calibration. Without proper calibration applicators waste money and risk the possibility of inadequate pest control and environmental damage.

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Resources for Students and Teachers

Often students and teachers contact VTPP for help with writing papers, building class presentations, assisting with development of course materials, locating references, campus visits, and locating Virginia Tech services and other resources. We have very similar needs for our own writing, teaching, and research activities. We have created several tools to make our lives easier in this regard and offer these tools to you. Although we link the tools in several other places on this website, we wanted to link them again on this special page for students and teachers. Good luck with your search and thank you for your interest in our website and Virginia Tech.

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Pesticide Case Studies

A collection of case studies (mostly) from Virginia and elsewhere used to teach pesticide applicators and students the history and outcomes of pesticide misuse and the importance of regulatory compliance and commonsense. Our hope is that by sharing real life situations we can contribute to reduced events such as these and help the public understand the dynamics, which create these situations. These include: pesticide related incidents, public debates, local issues, and other scenarios related to the use of pesticides or concerns over pesticide use.

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Puzzles to Challenge Your Pesticide Safety Knowledge

Try out some of these puzzles to help you study for the core pesticide exam in Virginia, as a challenge for school, or just for fun. They are designed to help you understand pesticide issues, environmental protection, safety and pest management better. Not every question is perfect, but if you have trouble you can use the hints designed into the puzzles to determine what the author was thinking when he wrote the content. Good luck.

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Resources for Educational Institutions

There have been a number of resources developed to assist schools in dealing with chemicals and school safety. These resources come from states and the federal government. One of the largest efforts is the IPM (Integrated Pest Management) in the Schools programs developed by Cooperative Extension, state pesticide regulatory agencies, and the EPA. Some schools have developed their own resources. Here are links to some of these resources.

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Southern Region Pesticide Coordinators

The Southern Extension Region Pesticide Coordinators are pesticide safety educators from the 13 southeastern states including: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. We serve as the Extension Service contact and pesticide safety education specialists in each of our respective states. We work together as a Region to coordinate programs and information pertinent to our clientele in the South. This homepage is the interface to our state programs and helps us coordinate internet and program resources.

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National Pesticide Media Database

A collection of royalty-free images available for use in not-for-profit pesticide safety education programs.

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Pesticide Links Database

A collection of abstracted websites associated with pest management and pesticide technology.

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