Friday, February 24, 2012

Orange County holds pesticide applicator workshop

Orange County Cooperative Extension will host a Pesticide Applicator Workshop for Growers, Landscapers, Dealers, Bilingual Supervisors on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Orange County Extension Office at 306 Revere Road. The session will start at 8 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. and will prepare agricultural professionals to use the Pesticides and Farmworker Health Toolkit.
The workshop will offer three hours of pesticide applicator credit for the following categories: Private Specialty Training (X), Dealers (D), Regulatory (I), Ornamental/Turf (L), Ag Pest Plant (O), and Demonstration and Research (N). NC Cooperative Extension and the NC Farm Bureau Safety Team are excited to collaborate on this workshop.
The Pesticides and Farmworker Health Toolkit is a pesticide education resource for EPA-approved Worker Protection Standard training of Spanish-speaking farmworkers. It was developed by extension specialists Dr. Greg Cope, Dr. Catherine LePrevost and Julia Storm in the N.C. State University Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology with funding from NCDA’s Pesticide Environmental Trust Fund. Toolkits are available in Spanish and English for 11 hand labor-intensive North Carolina crops, including apples, bell peppers, blueberries, Christmas trees, cucumbers, grapes, landscape/turf, strawberries, sweet potatoes, tobacco, and tomatoes. The Toolkit features a colorful, illustrated flipchart with leaders guide, a one-page handout with essential safety messages, and interactive learning activities including jug-labeling and symptom charades. A bilingual poster is also available for purchase.
Registration for this workshop is required and space is limited. Call Orange County Extension at (919) 245-2050 to reserve your space. A breakfast meal will be sponsored by County Farm Bureaus.

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