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Pesticide Safety Education Program

1996/1997 Annual Report

Introduction

Illinois law, in accordance with the Federal Environmental Pesticide Control Act, requires that anyone who purchases or uses pesticides classified as "restricted use" must be certified as a commercial pesticide applicator or operator, or a private (farmer) pesticide applicator. In addition, those who apply "general use" pesticides commercially must also be certified. The responsibilities of the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDA) and Cooperative Extension Service (CES) in pesticide certification and training are clearly defined. The IDA, as lead agency, has responsibility for the certification and issuing of permits or licenses to persons who apply pesticides. The CES, working in cooperation with IDA staff, is responsible for conducting educational training programs for private, commercial, and public pesticide applicators and operators.

Since 1966, the CES has been conducting training schools for private applicators, and commercial agricultural and urban operators and applicators. The purpose is to train applicators and operators in the proper and safe use of pesticides to prevent misuse and to avoid accidents. In addition to keeping applicators up-to-date on new developments in both chemical and nonchemical pest control methods, the training sessions help to prepare applicants to pass examinations required for obtaining a license or certification. This quality pesticide safety education is ultimately vital to Illinois residents in terms of public health protection and environmental stewardship.

Support

Initial funding for Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) was provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) through the USDA Federal Extension Service. USEPA funding in 1974 was about $150,000 per year. These funds were used to develop pesticide applicator study guides, provide training to County Extension Advisors, and employ staff to administer the PAT program in Illinois. The budget allocation from USEPA for PAT in FY 1996 is $56,048.00 which is inadequate to conduct a quality PAT program.

The Pesticide Control Fund, approved by the Illinois State Legislature in August 1985, provides funds to the IDA "for the purpose of conducting a public educational program on the proper use of pesticides and for other activities related to the enforcement of this act." During FY 1996-1997 the IDA provided the University of Illinois $231,670.00 to conduct educational programs related to the safe and proper use of pesticides.

Program Goals and Mission

The goal of our program is to reach all users of pesticides in Illinois with educational information on the effective, economic, and environmentally sound use of pesticides.

Our mission is twofold:

  1. To provide training through PAT for private and commercial applicators in Illinois.
  2. To provide pesticide education to a diverse audience in "other related" program areas such as worker protection, pesticide recordkeeping, water quality, endangered species, IPM, food safety, etc.

Pesticides are important tools in production agriculture, enabling producers to manage pests such as insects, weeds, and diseases. Pesticides also play an important role in public health in control of nuisance pests and disease vectors such as mosquitoes. Homeowners routinely use pesticides for pest control in and around the home. CES Pesticide Safety Educators provide educational and training programs to address Health, the Environment, Pest Management, and Pesticide Safety. Here are some of the ways we do it!

HEALTH

  • Understanding health effects from the misuse of pesticides
  • Food Safety
  • Water Quality issues
  • Worker Protection for Agricultural Pesticides
  • Personal safety of applicators
  • Vector control programs
  • Application-education
  • Home use of pesticides

ENVIRONMENT

  • Water Quality
  • Prevention of adverse effects to the ecology
  • Endangered Species
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • IPM
  • Calibration and application
  • Disposal of pesticides
  • Drift reduction

PESTICIDE SAFETY

  • Understanding pesticide labels
  • Selection of pesticides
  • Understanding health effects of pesticides
  • Proper application of pesticides
  • Personal protection
  • Proper storage

PEST MANAGEMENT

  • Pest Identification
  • Nonchemical Controls
  • Pesticide Selection
  • Pesticide Timing

Pesticide Container Recycling

For the past few years, the Illinois Department of Agriculture has sponsored a pesticide container recycling effort in Illinois. Proper preparation of the pesticide container prior to recycling is essential. Like last year, extra emphasis was given to this issue during commercial and private PAT programs. Proper container preparation and options available for disposal were discussed.

In order to reinforce what was discussed during the PAT program, 40,000 tri-fold brochures and 70 hard-backed poster displays were created that discuss the specifics of the program. These materials were displayed and free-brochures were distributed during the 1996-1997 commercial and private PAT programs.

In order to reach pesticide users who do not attend PAT clinics, a poster version of the hard-backed display was also created. In a combined effort with the Illinois Department of Agriculture, this poster, the tri-fold brochure, and IDA’s annual "recycling site location" brochure were distributed to all registered pesticide dealers and retailers (1,310) and to all CES Units and Centers in Illinois. A letter of support from the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association was included in these mailings.

Educational Materials

Training materials are continually being developed for use at the clinics. Although no new manuals were printed for distribution this year, there are 12 in production including an ornamentals manual revision and a new vegetable category manual. Reprintings of several publications were made in the last year, some with minor revisions.

Workbooks continue to be an important training tool for clientele. The General Standards Workbook was revised to reflect shorter training times and include additional information, particularly in the laws and regulations section. This helped reduce the amount of writing by clientele.

A Pesticide Safety Education Home Page was added to the internet. It provides electronic versions of the Pesticide Safety Fact Sheets, training schedules, and other reports.

The Illinois Pesticide Review Newsletter continued with four issues during the past year. Mass media has also been used in the past year through newsletters, newspapers, magazines, radio, and television to publicize PAT programs as well as proper pesticide use and safety.

Commercial PAT Programs

Pesticide Training and Certification Clinics for commercial applicators and operators were conducted at thirty sites during the months of November through May. At these meetings, 8149 commercial applicators and operators were trained (Table 1).

Topics of these clinics included General Standards Training, and Category Training in the areas of Field Crops, Turf, Ornamentals, Rights-of- Way, Aquatics, Plant Management, Demonstration and Research, Mosquito, Seed Treatment, and Grain Facility. Plant Management was offered for the first time and a draft workbook was provided.

Efforts were made during the past year to allow all first day attendees to take the General Standards exam the first afternoon. To do this, the time allotted for General Standards training was reduced and first day category training was altered to accommodate new scheduling.

Champaign-Urbana extension personnel did much of the training in northeastern Illinois and off-campus extension personnel helped with the training downstate. Extension specialists in Champaign worked with trainers in other parts of the state to create useful educational programs and assisted the training efforts by not only teaching but also providing slides, scripts, and other training materials. The computer-aided presentations for General Standards were improved with the addition of more pictures and increasing its interactive makeup to make the presentation more interesting to the audience. The use of this setup was expanded into some of the category training.

The computer was also used as a self-running show to provide information for attendees viewing prior to training. The pre-show described the computer presentation system and the equipment used. It also introduced the University of Illinois, the Illinois Department of Agriculture, and each trainer. This year educational slides were added to quiz the audience on pesticide safety and provide important information on pesticides.

Preregistration was required at ALL commercial PAT clinics during the 1996-1997 training season. This resulted in a substantial increase in calls and inquiries. Patty Bingaman, Program Facilitator, streamlined the preregistration process for these clinics. Jean Miles was hired part-time to help during the busy times. Although Jean or Patty answered most calls personally, trainees were able to preregister electronically by using the toll-free number, voice-mail, and credit card charging system. This preregistration was very successful with almost all attendees using it. Although downstate clientele were not used to the preregistration requirement, 82 percent did preregister. Unlike previous years, preregistration check-in at the clinics ran smoothly and effectively.

Private PAT Programs

During the 1996-1997 season there were 206 Private Applicator Training clinics (158 training and testing, and 48 testing only) held in 97 of the 102 counties of Illinois. Training was provided by Extension Educators, Unit Leaders, Unit Educators and Unit Assistants, with support provided by campus-based staff. As a result of these clinics, 8,658 farmers and other private applicators were certified.

Funds provided by this grant last year allowed us to reimburse part of the cost of larger facilities for Private PAT. As a result of this program, $2,605.25 was provided to help fund 15 private PAT meetings throughout the state. During the 1996-1997 PAT season, 18 counties required preregistration - 3 of which also required a $5.00 registration fee.

In order to maintain accurate and timely contact with Unit Leaders and Pesticide Safety Educators, it is important to maintain accurate personnel information (e.g., PAT participation, address, telephone number, email address, etc). With the number of people involved and the changing face of Extension, this is no easy task. Bruce Paulsrud, Private PAT Coordinator, maintains an electronic database, which serves as an accurate reference and is used to prepare mailing labels for traditional mailings. We also provide the IDA with an updated copy of this database as needed.

Because of its efficiency, electronic-mail is used by all CES Units and Centers. Again, since it is difficult for everyone in our PAT group to maintain an accurate Private PAT e-mail list, three e-mail lists were created on the College of ACES server. These three lists are maintained by our Private PAT Coordinator and allow anyone to efficiently and accurately direct e-mail messages to: 1) Pesticide Safety Educators, 2) others involved in Private PAT (do not train), or 3) both lists one and two.

Worker Protection Standard

The University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service (CES) continues to educate producers about the Worker Protection Standard (WPS). Open communications with Rhonda Ferree keep CES personnel up-to-date on the rule and its changes through electronic, written, and oral messages.

Rhonda Ferree and Bob Wolf are active in the Worker Protection Stakeholders group, a collaboration of affected industry representatives, educational institutions, regulatory agencies, and advocates in Illinois. This year the group worked together to survey affected industry about their WPS training needs and concerns. Ferree surveyed greenhouse producers in Illinois. All surveys provided a framework for Stephen D. DePorter’s Master Research Project titled Farm Safety: The Agricultural Worker Protection Standard, College of Nursing of the University of Illinois Chicago. The results of the surveys were used to produce a publication to help producers better understand training requirements under the WPS. It is titled Agricultural Worker and Pesticide Handler Training Under the US EPA Worker Protection Standard: A Resource Guide for Illinois Agricultural Employers.

Additionally, the WPS Stakeholders group launched a media campaign to promote WPS and its continued implementation through a multi-agency effort. Ferree coordinated production of a news release and a 30 second radio PSA (public service announcement) to remind the agricultural community about WPS, that it exists, and the intent of the rule. Ferree also conducted a live radio interview for the Farm Bureau.

WPS outreach efforts continue to help producers understand the rule and its continuing changes. Efforts through U of I College of ACES and industry field days, industry meetings, and U of I CES workshops, schools, and publications relayed these changes and helped producers better understand how to comply with the rule. Four news releases and radio spots were produced for state-wide distribution.

Since PAT programs meet the WPS training requirements, many agricultural employers send agricultural workers and handlers to PAT clinics. Each CES trainer is certified to distribute worker and handler WPS training verification cards to clientele. Most employees attending these sessions choose to take the exam and obtain a pesticide license. Therefore, only 41 cards were distributed to those attending PAT programs to solely meet WPS requirements. To meet the training needs of those unable to attend PAT clinics, CES provides actual worker/handler training and teaching videos or flip charts on a loan basis.

Homeowner Programs

Illinois homeowners and other residents are educated on proper pesticide use through the Master Gardener Program. Training is provided to Master Gardeners through the pesticide safety section of the Master Gardener Training Manual, color slides that were prepared by the PAT Specialists, and a Purdue training video. Proper use of pesticides is a goal of the College of ACES at the University of Illinois and many other opportunities are utilized during the year.

Three new pesticide facts sheets were created to provide the homeowner with a basic understanding of pesticides and pesticide safety: 1) Understanding Pesticides, 2) Understanding Pesticide Labels, and 3) Pesticide Safety and Poisoning Symptoms. They were distributed at our PAT booth during the State Fair in 1996. Also, a copy of each fact sheet was sent to each ILCES Unit and to all Pesticide Safety Educators and is available on the PAT web page. The fact sheets were well received by Master Gardeners working in Unit offices.

Illinois homeowners were provided with an accurate guide to pest management through the first Illinois Homeowner Guide to Pest Management. This handbook was authored by PAT Specialists and faculty members and includes accurate pesticide recommendations for managing weeds, insects and disease pests in the yard and garden. More importantly, it also discusses and promotes the use of proper cultural practices to aid in managing pests.

Operation Safe Fly-in Workshops

The University of Illinois Agricultural Engineering Department in cooperation with the Illinois Agricultural Aviation Association (IAAA) and FMC hosted two Operation Safe Fly-in workshops in Illinois and one in Wisconsin in the past program year. Both liquid and dry application systems were tested during the workshops. The new ‘string analysis’ computer assisted system continues to improve the liquid pattern analysis process for the pilots. Pilots are able to fly across the ‘string’ and upon analysis make adjustments on sight and retest with another series of passes.

This season a dry collection system was added to the analysis equipment. Pilots fly across a set of 24 collectors and deposited material is analyzed through a computer program. Now pilots have the potential to test both systems and leave the workshop with confidence that they are conforming to regulations, applying product with adequate dropsize, pattern uniformity, proper swath width, and volume.

Drift Education Activities

A special coalition for the reduction of drift was formed in 1995 by the USDA-ES. The coalition has been asked by the Spray Drift Task Force (SDTF) to work with the drift data accumulated from the Drift Task Force Research Group to develop a multipartnered training approach to improve drift management and increase the application efficiency of crop protection materials. Members of the coalition represent the USEPA, state lead agencies, USDA, applicators, product manufactures and distributors, private applicator interests, AAPSE, AAPCO, NAAA, ARA, and university agricultural engineers. Bob Wolf serves on the coalition and is chair of the education subcommittee.

In its first year of operation, the coalition has been very active. The regulatory subcommittee collected valuable drift data from several states regarding the incidence of drift. The education subcommittee is putting together an education component that will consist of slide shows, videos, spray-table nozzle demonstrations, and take-home type brochures. The technology subcommittee is developing a survey to identify the various technologies available for drift reduction.

Agricultural Product Misuse in Urban Settings

The use of agricultural products (in this case methyl parathion cotton insecticide) in urban environments is an ever-growing problem. In 1997 this "wave of misuse" moved into Chicago. Private applicators legally buy methyl parathion in the south, ship it to Chicago, then either illegally apply it to homes to control cockroaches or illegally repackage it for sale to homeowners.

The University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service is working to not only educate residents about the problem, but also help them deal with cockroaches in a legal, safe, and effective manner. Local extension personnel, including the paraprofessionals and volunteers who work face-to-face with those possibly affected, are kept up-to-date on the problem. Phil Nixon developed and distributed material to Master Gardeners and EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) personnel on cockroach management and pesticide safety. Rhonda Ferree is part of the communications strategy team working to ensure that those affected are properly educated about this situation.

Other Programs

Off-Season Clientel Interaction

The PAT team is integral to communicating pest identification, scouting, and recommendations to commercial pesticide applicators in Illinois. Bruce Paulsrud, Phil Nixon, and Rhonda Ferree work closely with Nancy Pataky at the Plant Clinic to diagnose plant problems submitted. Phil Nixon coordinates production of the urban pest management handbooks and Home, Yard, and Garden Pest Newsletter to which the other PAT specialists routinely contribute.

INASH

Information regarding the safe use of chemicals in agriculture have been provided by members of the PAT team at meetings of the Illinois Network for Agricultural Safety and Health (INASH). Presentation topics to these audiences who are not familiar with the use of chemicals in agriculture included toxicity information, personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements, and proper agriucltural chemical handling techniques. Bob Wolf, Ag. Engineering PAT Specialist is the current chairman of INASH.

Major Invited Talks Given by PAT Specialists

Agricultural Pesticides Conference, Drift Facts, Urbana, IL

Cunningham Children's Home, Insects and Their Habits, Urbana, IL

Discovery Place, The Lives of Insects, Champaign, IL

Farm and Calibration Workshop, Drift and Nozzle Talk, Bloomington, IL

Illinois Landscape Contractors Assoc., Precision Farming Overview, Decatur, IL

Illinois Pest Control Association and CES Conference, Rodents-Life Cycle, Disease Potential, and Hosts for Fleas and Mites, Effingham, IL

Iowa State, Drift and Nozzle DemonstrationI, Ames, IA

Lawn and Garden Workshop, Insects on Trees and Shrubs, Danville, IL

Miles Company, Drift and Nozzle Talk, Mt. Vernon, IN

North Central Weed Science Society, Symposium on Precision Agriculture, St. Louis, MO

North Central Turfgrass Exposition, Calibration of Granular Applicatiors for Turf; and Aquatic Weed Management; and Identifying and Controlling Summer Pests of Turfgrass-Grubs, St. Charles, IL

Parkland College Staerkel Planetarium Science Series, Ants and Their Biology, Champaign, IL

Purdue Herbicide Interaction Demonstration, Drift and Nozzle Demonstration, W. Lafayette, IN

Robeson Elementary School, Insects and Their Habits, Champaign, IL

Southern Region PAT, Drift and Nozzle Demonstration, W. Palm Beach, FL

Terra Applicator Training School, Application and Technology, Dallas, TX

University of Missouri, Drift and Nozzle Demonstration, Columbia, MO

6th Annual Vector Seminar, Bedbugs, Bat Bugs, Swallow Bugs, and Chimney Swift Bugs; and Update on the Deer Tick in Illinois, Macomb, IL

WSSA, Drift and Nozzle Demonstration, Orlando, FL

Workshops, Shows, and Meeting Participation by PAT Specialists

AAPCO/AAPSE in Washington, DC

Agricultural Retailers Association, Kansas City, KA

AAPSE/Regional Pesticide Certification & Training Workshop, Madison, Wisconsin

Central Illinois Golf Course Superintendents

College of ACES Open House

Entomological Society of American Annual Meeting Insect Expo.

Illinois Agronomy Day

Illinois Landscape Horticulture Field Research Laboratory Field Day

Illinois State Fair

MAGIE, Flyin and Dry Application Workshop for Ground Applicators

Midwest Plant Health Care Program

Operation Safe Aerial Fly-in Workshops in Illinois and Wisconsin

Peoria County Schools, Environment Days

Perennial Symposium at the Chicago Botanic Gardens

Rights-of-Way Workshop, Carbondale, IL

SFIREG (State FIFRA Research and Evaluation Group)

Research by PAT Specialists

IR-4 Herbicide Research

Herbicide and Herbicide Injury Demonstration Plots

Insecticide Efficacy Research on Turfgrass, Trees, and Greenhouse Plants

Campus-Based Classes Taught by PAT Specialists

Bob Wolf. Organized and cotaught Ag Mech 300-Site-Specific Agriculture. Taught pesticide safety, equipment and application topics, or demonstrated nozzle types in the following: Agron 326-Weeds and Their Control, Agron 121-Crop Science, Plant Path 305-Principles of Plant Disease Control, Ag Mech 333-Ag. Chemical Application Systems, Ag Mech 221-Farm Power and Machinery Mgmt, Hort 236-Turfgrass Mgmt, Hort 234-Nursery Mgmt, Parkland College-Pest Mgmt Class/Special Applicator Training Class

Rhonda Ferree. Taught Hort 227-Indoor Plant Culture, Identification, and Use. Guest lectured on pesticide laws and regulations, pesticide safety, weed management, and right-to-know in the following: Plant Path 305-Principles of Plant Disease Control, Agron326-Weeds and Their Control, Hort 494-Professional Orientation in Horticulture, Hort 222-Greenhouse Mgmt, Hort 236-Turfgrass Mgmt

Phil Nixon. Taught insect pests of interiorscape plants, chemical control-types of insecticides, and pollution by insecticides in the following classes: Hort 227-Indoor Plant Culture, Entom 120-Introduction to Applied Entomology

Pesticide Safety Education Specialists

Advisory Team

Functions: Oversee grant development, determine publication needs and priorities, approve major purchases, approve budget, discuss overall training functions and needs.

Loren Bode (Chair)

Professor and Head

Department of Agricultural Engineering

Marshal McGlamery

Professor of Weed Science

Department of Crop Sciences

Steve Ries

Associate Professor of Plant Pathology

Department of Crop Sciences

Kevin Steffey

Professor of Agricultural Entomology

Department of Crop Sciences

Dave Williams

Professor of Horticulture

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

Summary of PAT Improvements

We are pleased to announce two additions to our PAT team in Illinois. Bruce Paulsrud joined us in May with a MS degree in plant pathology from the University of Minnesota. Patty Bingaman joined us in August and has a BS degree in management from Southern Illinois University.

Patty Bingaman improved the commercial clinic preregistration process and overall commercial clinic operation.

A Pesticide Safety Education home page was established on the internet to provide another communication exchange for our clientele. www.aces.uiuc.edu/~pse/

Plant Management category training was added at one location.

The computer presentation is continually improved. Presentation equipment was upgraded to Powerpoint 97 in Windows 95. Multiple presentation screens were used at large locations to ensure full audience participation. Rights-of-Way category training was provided on the computer and is currently progressing toward including video clips. The laws and regulations section was added to the computer for use in most of the state.

Benefits of Our Programs

The benefits of our pesticide safety educational programs far exceed the costs. We improve the quality of pesticide applicators in Illinois by increasing their level of pesticide knowledge and safe use. In previous evaluations of private and commercial applicators, participants reported significant change in the way they handled pesticides. After training, applicators were more likely to refer to pesticide labels, use safety equipment, and calibrate application equipment.

Nationally these programs have shown to maintain pesticides that would otherwise be lost to producers. Our educational programs help regulatory programs with voluntary compliance through better understanding.

Our PAT programs have a value-added approach. Participants come to our training not only because they need information to pass the licensing examination, but also to obtain additional information that is important in terms of public health protection, environmental stewardship, and plant protection.

Appendix A

Professional Improvement by PAT Specialists

Professional Society Involvement

Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA)

American Association of Pesticide Safety Eduators (AAPSE)

American Phytopathological Society (APS)

American Society for Horticultural Science

American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE)

American Society of Agronomists

Central Illinois Golf Course Superintendents Association (CIGCSA)

Entomological Society of America

Illinois Agricultural Aviators Association (IAAA)

Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA)

Illinois Network for Agricultural Safety and Health (INASH)-chairman

Illinois Landscape Contractors Association

Illinois Nurserymen Association

Michigan Entomological Society

North Central Weed Science Society

Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA)

Region 5 EPA State and Federal Regulatory (SFIREG) Committee Members

Weed Science Society of America

University Committee Involvement

Agricultural Engineering Department Committees

Crop Sciences Department Committees

College of ACES Committees

Grounds Advisory Committee

Illinois Natural History Survey Committees

Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Department Committees

Purdue Pest Control Conference Committee

Other Committees

Coalition for Drift Minimization-USEPA

Coalition Subgroup-Education Committee Chairman

Environmental Education Leadership Group

Horticulture Development Team

Illinois Speciality Grower Convention-Planning Committee

IPM Development Team

Pest Management Monitoring with Community Colleges-Planning Committee

Plant Health Care/Integrated Pest Management Workshop Committee

Professional Applicator Institute (PAI)

Structural Pest Control Advisory Council Member

Urban-IPM Development Team

Worker Protection Standard Stakeholders Group

Appendix B

Support Trainers

Commercial PAT Trainers

Crop Systems Educator

Dale Baird

Senior Research Specialist in Agriculture

Ron Hines

Integrated Pest Management Educators and Specialists

George Czapar, Dave Feltes, Fredric Miller, Joe Toman

Horticulture Educators and Specialists

Bruce Spangenberg, Susan Grupp, Greg Stack, James Schuster, Sharon Yiesla, Tom Voigt

Private PAT Trainers

Crop Systems Educators

James Morrison, Ellen Mary Phillips, Dale Baird, William Brink, Dennis Bowman, Michael Roegge, Larry Casey, Robert Bellm, Dennis Epplin, Robert Frank

Farm Systems and Farm Business Mgmt & Mkt Educators

William Campbell, David Whitson

Horticulture Educators

William Whiteside, Greg Stack, Ron Cornwell, Ed Billingsley, Bruce Spangenberg

Integrated Pest Management Educators

David Feltes, Joe Toman, Fred Miller, George Czapar, Suzanne Bissonnett, Noel Troxclair, Tom Royer

Natural Resource Management Educators

John Church, David Shiley, Robert Frazee, Michael Plumer

Nutrition and Wellness Educator

Carol Schlitt

Unit Educators

Stan Eden, Barbara Larson, Gary Letterly, Marion Shier, Robert E. Lahne, Duane Friend, Doug Gucker, Bill Hall, Peter Fandel, Gary Bretthauer, Matthew Montgomery, Kyle Cecil, Omar Koester

Unit Leaders

Michael Crisel, Don Frederick, John Fulton, Robert Harris, Harold Hunzicker, Rick Keim, Tom Lashmett, Ike Leeper, Mark Maidak, Larry Paszkiewsicz, Donald Schellhaass, Ronald Waldrop, Jeffery West

Appendix C

Summary of Accomplishments

Accomplishment (completion date)

Illinois Pesticide Review Newsletter (May-96, Aug-96, Jan-97, Apr-97)

Plant Clinic work (Summer 1996)

WPS Stakeholders Group Booklet (July 1996)

Pesticide Safety Education Home Page (Aug 1996)

State Fair Booth on Pesticide Protection (Aug 1996)

Three pesticide fact sheets for homeowners (Aug 1996)

Schedule of Commercial PAT Clinics (17,000 copies; Sep 1996)

Pesticide container recycling display (70 copies; Oct 1996)

Pesticide container recycling brochure (40,000 copies; Oct 1996)

WPS Media Campaign (Fall 1996)

Ornamentals Manual Reprinting (1,000 copies; Nov 1996)

General Standards Workbook Revision (10,000 copies; Dec 1996)

Field Crop Workbook Revision (1,100 copies; Dec 1996)

Illinois Commercial Landscape and Turf Pest Management Handbook (Jan 1997)

Rights-of-Way Workbook Reprint (600 copies; Jan 1997)

Turf & Ornamentals Workbook Reprint (3000; Jan 1997)

General Standards Manual Reprinting (10,000 copies; Feb 1997)

Rights-of-Way Manual Reprinting (3,000 copies; April 1997)

Safe Fly-In Workshops (April and May 1997)

Pest Management in Greenhouses and Interiorscapes Circular (May 1997)

Managing Aquatic Weeds Circular (800 copies; April 1997)

Illinois Homeowners Guide to Pest Management (May 1997)

Pesticide container recycling poster (1,600 copies; May 1997)

Methyl Parathion Educational Efforts (May 1997)

Private Pesticide Applicator Training (8,658 certified; Nov-96 to May-97)

Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training (8,149 trained; Nov-96 to May-97)