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WSSA Pesticide Stewardship Series 11- Proper Disposal of Pesticides Extends Far Beyond the Container

A farmer, a local lawn and garden supply store, and a department store chain were fined recently for pesticide disposal violations. In each of these cases, the pesticide product itself was disposed of improperly. “Regulations on proper pesticide disposal govern … more »

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WSSA Pesticide Stewardship Series 10- The Applicator Must Ensure that Pesticide Spray Drift Does No Harm

Recently, pesticide spray drift from different pesticide applications caused damage to field corn on a bordering farm, vegetables in an adjacent backyard, trees and bushes in a nearby state park and vegetation on an adjoining campus. In all cases, the applicators … more »

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WSSA Pesticide Stewardship Series 09- Preparation and Oversight are Vital When Storing a Pesticide

A landscaping and irrigation company was recently fined for storing pesticides in the same area as combustible materials – a decision that could have led to an explosion and fire. “Improper pesticide storage can expose both individuals and the environment … more »

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WSSA Pesticide Stewardship Series 08- Employers Play a Central Role in Protecting Agricultural Workers and Pesticide Handlers

An employer was fined recently after an inspection showed pesticide application information wasn’t posted at the job site, and an employee applied a pesticide without safety training or personal protective equipment (PPE). The posting, safety training and PPE are all … more »

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WSSA Pesticide Stewardship Series 07- Always Be Diligent Concerning Personal Protective Equipment

This month pesticide safety educators, health professionals and other experts from around the U.S. will explore how to motivate pesticide handlers to use best practices concerning personal protective equipment (PPE). The discussion is part of a Pesticide PPE Seminar Series … more »

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WSSA Pesticide Stewardship Series 06- Certification Programs Fulfill an Essential Need for Competent Pesticide Applicators

Recently, an employee of an aerial application company was penalized for applying an agricultural pesticide without following all label directions and without the required applicator certification. In a separate case, a forest service company making an urban application was also … more »

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WSSA Pesticide Stewardship Series 05- Restricted Use Pesticides Require an Extra Level of Care

The owner of a horticultural company was fined recently for using a restricted use pesticide (RUP) in ways that were inconsistent with the product label. The product’s use was restricted due to human health concerns, but workers had applied the … more »

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WSSA Pesticide Stewardship Series 04- The Importance of Reading the Pesticide Label

A person applying a pesticide to their land was recently fined for spray drift that damaged desirable shrubs and garden crops on a neighboring property. In two other recent cases, individuals were fined for improper pesticide storage and illegal disposal … more »

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WSSA Pesticide Stewardship Series 03- Hiring a Pest Management Professional

Recently, a carpet cleaning company applied a pesticide to a client’s bedroom carpet, mattress and upholstered furniture. But the pesticide was intended for use in an industrial setting, not a home. State officials intervened and fined the firm for making … more »

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WSSA Pesticide Stewardship Series 02- The Buyer Has Important Responsibilities

A shopper in a farm supply store recently purchased a pesticide that he was not authorized to buy. In addition, he was purchasing the product for a use not allowed on the label. “Whether you are buying a pesticide for … more »

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