Source: OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION submitted to
PESTICIDE SAFETY EDUCATION PROGRAM
Sponsoring Institution
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Project Status
TERMINATED
Funding Source
Reporting Frequency
Annual
Accession No.
0227043
Grant No.
2011-48679-31072
Project No.
OHON0013
Proposal No.
2011-05454
Multistate No.
(N/A)
Program Code
PSEP
Project Start Date
Sep 1, 2011
Project End Date
Aug 31, 2012
Grant Year
2011
Project Director
Kick-Raack, J.
Recipient Organization
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION
2120 FYFFE ROAD
COLUMBUS,OH 43210
Performing Department
Cooperative Extension
Non Technical Summary
The OSU Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program was established in response to the public's concern that pesticide use should be regulated. The mission of the program is to provide outreach and train pesticide users in the safe, effective and legal use of pesticides to protect human health and the environment.
Animal Health Component
100%
Research Effort Categories
Basic
(N/A)
Applied
100%
Developmental
(N/A)
Classification

Knowledge Area (KA)Subject of Investigation (SOI)Field of Science (FOS)Percent
7235220302050%
1335220302025%
7115220302025%
Goals / Objectives
Our goal is to certify and train pesticide applicators so they will be competent to use pesticides in a manner that will not harm themselves, the general public, or the environment. The project will train people who use pesticides to raise crops (private applicators or farmers) and people who apply pesticides for commercial/public purposes. Ohio has 15,500 private applicators and 12,500 commercial applicators.The project anticipates certifying or recertifying about 8000 private and commerical applicators.
Project Methods
We will develop curricula and educational materials such as DVD's, powerpoints, web-based lessons, study manuals and applicator certification exams. We will deliver regional commercial training sessions and provide train the trainer for county extension educators to deliver private applicator training programs.

Progress 09/01/11 to 08/31/12

Outputs
OUTPUTS: The Pesticide Safety Education program provided certification and recertification conferences and training meetings for commercial and private applicators. Four regional commercial recertification conferences provided training for 3296 commercial applicators. At the county level over 100 programs provided recertification for 3870 farmer applicators. 529 commercial applicators attended initial certification workshops to prepare for licensing exams. DVD's and about 50 powerpoints were provide to Extension educators as train the trainer tools to use in certification and recertification schools.The program website was updated http://pested.osu.edu PARTICIPANTS: State Extension Specialists, County Extension ANR educators, Ohio Dept. of Health, Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Department of Natural Resources,Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association, Ohio Turfgrass Foundation, Ohio Agribusiness Association, Ohio Pest Management Association, representatives from pesticide manufacturers, distributors and other applicator groups. TARGET AUDIENCES: The target audience is anyone who applies pesticides in the state. Currently, approximately 28,000 individuals are licensed. Training is also done for trained servicepersons who work under the licensed applicators. PROJECT MODIFICATIONS: Not relevant to this project.

Impacts
In the end of conference surveys respondents indicated that as the result of the pesticide education programs:89% had improved personal safety practices;94%had improved practices to protect the environment. 93% said pesticide safety education was important to maintain their business or job.

Publications

  • Proceedings of the Ohio Pesticide Commercial Applicator 2011 Recertification Conferences, Joanne Kick-Raack, State Director,Pesticide Safety Education Program, Ohio State Univeristy Extension 192 pages
  • Ohio Pesticide Private Applicator 2011 Recertification Proceedings, Joanne Kick-Raack, State Director,Pesticide Safety Education Program, Ohio State Univeristy Extension 80 pages
  • Kick-Raack, J. and Folck,A. 2011 PEP-Talk monthly electronic newsletter