Pesticide Safety Education Program

The goal of the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) is to provide educational information throughout Iowa on the safe and effective use of pesticides.PSEP is responsible for Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instructional Courses (CIC’s) in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS).Other programs that PSEP is involved in include integrated pest management, worker protection, environmental quality, and agricultural health.

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Email Notifications Now Available for Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training

The Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) is now offering certified commercial pesticide applicators the opportunity to receive email notifications of upcoming Continuing Instructional Courses (CIC) and other pesticide safety education opportunities. Applicators can use the link below to sign up to receive notifications. Applicators can select the categories they would like notification for and will also have the opportunity to update their information if it changes, or opt-out at any time if they no longer wish to receive email notifications. Participation is voluntary. Spring and Fall postcard notifications will still be sent to employers.

Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training Email Notificiation Sign-Up

Emerald Ash Borer Information

It is confirmed -- Emerald Ash Borer has been found in Iowa! Now that this destructive pest is in the state, you will want to keep current on its distribution and management options. You can find out more on our Emerald Ash Borer website.

Pesticide Record Keeping App Available for iPad and Android operating systems.

Pesticide and Field RecordsAn app is available to help producers and agriculture businesses record and maintain pesticide application information. The free app allows users to link information to specific field locations using satellite mapping and document pesticide application information needed to comply with state and federal record keeping requirements. The app also features a product search option that lists Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) product registration numbers and identifies restricted use products. The iPad version has been updated since the original release to include printing and emailing capabilities. It can be downloaded under the name Pesticide and Field Records Plus from the iTunes store.  The Android version is available at the Google Play store under the name Pesticide and Field Records.

Emerald Ash Borer Management Options Recently Revised

A newly revised, 3-page “Emerald Ash Borer Management Options PM 2084 is now available from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. It is available only as PDF. This revision has expanded the homeowner section (with examples of specific products), the products available for the commercial applicator, and the treatment window, as well as provides an estimate of an ash tree’s value in the landscape in Iowa. Treatment is still only recommended when EAB is within 15 miles, which in Iowa now centers in NE Allamakee County, Des Moines County, and Jefferson County.

New General and Household Pest Management Study Manual

The newly revised Category 7A “General and Household Pest Management Manual” is available for Iowa’s commercial and public pesticide applicators. This book (200 pages) covers the common pests found inside and outside commercial and residential buildings, as well as discusses the proper way to manage these pests. Complete with four-color pictures, this descriptive work will not only assist persons in preparing to take the Category 7A examination, but it will be one of the books that pesticide applicators and company staff will want to have handy as a reference.

Now Archived: "Rinsing and Recycling Caged Tanks" From TPSA Webinar

The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA) July 10, 2013 webinar on “Rinsing and Recycling Caged Tanks” is archived on TPSA’s home page (http://www.tpsalliance.org/). The webinar provides information on how to clean tanks for recycling and other information related to cleaning, recycling, and complying with EPA container rules.

Attention Agricultural Health Study Participants!

Want to be a part of important research about the health of farmers and their spouses? It’s time to complete your next Agricultural Health Study survey! The health follow up will be mailed to all Agricultural Health Study participants starting in June 2013. Over 40,000 people completed the last interview, and we’d like even more to participate this time around. The more people who complete it, the better the Agricultural Health Study can do at understanding the risks and benefits to all farming families. To have complete records on everyone, we are trying to follow up all participants, including those who have passed away. We want to hear from everyone, even if you are no longer farming. Keep an eye on your mailbox! When you receive your survey, please return it as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact the Health Follow up Survey Center by calling 1-855-443-2692 or visit the survey website www.aghealthsurvey.org. To learn more about the Agricultural Health Study and its findings, please visit our website: www.aghealth.org

New Document Available to Train Vineyard Workers Under the Worker Protection Standard (WPS)

Mike White, ISU Extension Viticulture Specialist developed a new 37 page step-by-step vineyard worker WPS training document. The document can be used by WPS trainers and certified pesticide applicators to assist them in a WPS training program for vineyard workers. The document can be found at: Worker Protection Standard (WPS) for Vineyard Workers. Additional information on WPS can be found by clicking the “Worker Protection Standard” tab at the top of this page.

The Agricultural Health Study

The Agricultural Health Study Update for 2013 is now available to download. The study update is published annually and is sent to all participating households. For more information, please click on the “Agricultural Health Study” tab at the top of this page.

Now Archived: Mini Bulk/IBC Container Compliance And Recycling: Best Practices From TPSA Webinar

Increased emphasis on retail stewardship coupled with a new pesticide container rule has made compliance more important than ever. You can view the archived presentation at the Mini Bulk / IBC Container Compliance page. During the presentation members of The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA) will outline best practices for mini-bulk/IBC container compliance, including how to bring refillable containers into compliance, as well as ways to recycle non-compliant containers.

Page last updated: December 19, 2014