Virginia recognizes pesticide safety award winners

Three recipients or teams have been awarded by two Virginia bodies for their involvement in the 2010 Pesticide Safety Education Program, according to a press release.

Recognized by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Virginia Pesticide Control Board, the awards went to agents, an individual and a team. The Soil Fumigation Outreach and Education Series Team, which consists of Southside- and Tidewater-area agents, captured first place.

The second-place award went to Robert Jones of Charlotte County for his development of a training program for high school students to explore careers as registered technicians. A Lynchburg and Appomattox County team captured the third-place award for developing programs to train and recertify pesticide applicators.

The top award went to the team of agents who extended efforts to a community of growers that is seeing the onset of changes in labeling information for some pesticide products used in operations.

“There is no question that this is one of the most incredible work efforts and impacts we have seen over the years in pesticide safety education by Extension agents in Virginia,” states nomination documents for the top team.

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