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Pesticide Safety Education Program

Investigators
Dill, James
Institutions
University of Maine
Start date
2012
End date
2013
Objective
Goals: Certify 100 new private and/or commercial applicators. Re-certify 1500 private and/or commercial applicators. Continue certification of 4000 new general use applicators (food production for human consumption only). These new applicators must be certified by March 1, 2015.

Outputs: Training meetings, online training, sprayer clinics, pest identification clinics, field days, and twilight meetings.

More information
Non-Technical Summary:
By a memorandum of understanding with the Maine Department of Agriculture Board of Pesticides Control, University of Maine Cooperative Extension will provide educational opportunities for pesticide applicators in the state of Maine to be trained in the safe and proper use of pesticides. These educational opportunities will provide the information to allow users to pass initial certification tests required by state law through the Maine Board of Pesticides Control. Extension will provide re-certification opportunities annually.

Approach:
Hands-on demonstrations (especially regarding calibration), online training opportunities, interactive teaching opportunities, exams and quizzes, and surveys on behavioral and knowledge changes.

Funding Source
Nat'l. Inst. of Food and Agriculture
Project source
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Project number
MEN-2012-03490
Accession number
230307
Categories
Food Defense and Integrity
Education and Training