Pesticide Management Division
|Pesticide inspectors from around the country met in Kennewick|
this May for a national conference hosted by WSDA.
WSDA’s Pesticide Management Division Compliance Program hosted the event in conjunction with Washington State University (WSU) Pesticide Education and with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Forty-one state and tribal pesticide inspectors, 10 EPA staff, and 11 WSDA Pesticide Compliance field staff attended the four-day conference to hone their knowledge and skills about a wide range of pesticide issues, including labeling, drift, and human health concerns.
The training featured presentations from Washington State Department of Health, EPA, WSU, North Dakota State University, Arkansas State Plant Board, Colorado Department of Agriculture, University of California Davis, Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, Agrimetrix Research and Training, and WinField United.
|Demonstration of new application method for vineyards.|
The courses provided an opportunity for inspectors to learn, discuss and expand their knowledge and skills when dealing with drift related issues.
The conference included presentations from four inspectors sharing specific drift cases from their respective states. Participants discovered that many states share the same drift issues.
Other topics covered during the conference included:
- Human health exposure concerns
- Pesticide label language
- Herbicide volatility
- Herbicide symptoms
- Dicamba drift issues in the Midwest
- Drift control
- Evidence collection
In the field
|Tools of the trade for aerial applicators.|
In the afternoon, attendees traveled to a local airfield to discuss aerial pesticide application and drift issues with three pilots who do aerial applications.
Worth the effort
Those of us at WSDA and WSU who organized the event were pleased to see the many positive course reviews from attendees. They made the 10-months of planning well worth the effort.
For tips on preventing pesticide drift see this WSDA Ag Briefs article.