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Storing Pesticides Properly: Protect Others and Your Investment

Pesticides are not cheap and some are not always easy to come by. Pesticides represent a significant investment for those who use pesticides regularly. Generally, most pesticides are intended to have a 2- to 3-year storage life. Too much time

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Expected Changes to the Private Pesticide Applicator Program in 2023

On December of 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the final rule to improve pesticide applicator certification and training standards. Implementation of this plan has been plagued by delays, but a new plan for Kentucky has been reviewed and

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Pesticide Calculations for Small Acreages

Most agricultural pesticide labels list use rates on a per acre basis, but this can pose an issue for many producers of specialty crops. Often only a small fraction of an acre needs to be treated and it is important

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EPA IPM Webinar: Read the Label – Pesticide Label Guidance

A key component of integrated pest management (IPM) is the appropriate use of pesticides. Understanding how to read, interpret, and follow instructions on a pesticide label is critical for effective use of a product. A free EPA webinar provides tips

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Alfalfa Weevil Insecticide Resistance

Early spring is the start of alfalfa weevil season, and treatments are beginning to be applied to control this pest. There have been reports of poor weevil control with pyrethroid insecticides in some fields. There can be several reasons why

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EPA Mandates the Phase-out of Chlorpyrifos after February 28, 2022

Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide that was used in many agricultural systems to protect plants, as well as for protection of seeds stored after harvest. Chlorpyrifos was first registered in 1965. It has been used for a large variety of

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Time to Inspect Sprayers

As winter begins to wind down, growers need to get their equipment ready for the coming growing season. When it is time to begin spraying and planting, you don’t want to spend precious time fixing and repairing equipment. It is

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Fifth Annual National Pesticide Safety Education Month – February 2022

February is National Pesticide Safety Education month. This is a time to reinforce the core principles of safe and responsible pesticide use with many audiences. Pesticides are key tools used to manage a diverse group of pests, diseases, and weeds.

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Chlorpyrifos Food-Use Tolerance Cancellation Imminent

Last August, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) announced that all food tolerances for chlorpyrifos would be revoked. This will take effect on February 28, 2022.  After the tolerances are revoked, applications of chlorpyrifos will render any food so treated as

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Hope for the Best, But….Have an Applicator’s Pesticide First Aid Kit Handy

For many, applying pesticides can be a routine task. You go through the steps of donning PPE, checking equipment, measuring out pesticides and water, making the actual application, cleaning equipment and yourself, as well as notifying workers and recordkeeping. But

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Protect Others, the Environment, and Your Investment by Storing Pesticides Properly

Pesticides are not cheap and represent a significant investment for many agricultural producers and others who use pesticides regularly. Generally, most pesticides are intended to have a 2 to 3 year storage life. Too much time in storage or poor

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Free On-line CEU Pesticide Credits through EPA Webinars

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention is offering trainings through their on-line Integrated Pest Management webinar series. These have been approved for commercial pesticide applicators CEU credit through the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and

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So, You Want to Be a Pesticide Applicator: Private Applicator Competencies

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the registration, distribution, sale, and use of pesticides by their authority through the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). There are two types of certified pesticide applicators defined by FIFRA: private and commercial

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So, You Want to be a Pesticide Applicator: Consumer Pesticides

Inherently, pesticides have some risks to the environment, the plants or animals being protected, consumers, and/or the applicator. Those pesticides with higher risks have been designated Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP), which require training and certification for their users, while pesticides

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Stop-Sale Notice for ALG Health Respirators

This month, ALG Health released a notification for a temporary stop-sale of all their NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) products (including respirators) until their non-conformance investigation is completed. ALG Health noted on the NIOSH website that these

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