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Pesticide Safety Education Program

Illinois Annual Report 1997/1998

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 1997-1998 was $52,955.00 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 1997-1998 the IDA provided the University of Illinois $217,415.00 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 two-fold:

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; application; and drift reduction
• Disposal of pesticides

PEST MANAGEMENT:

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

PESTICIDE SAFETY:

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

PAT Office Update

The University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service formally established the Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) office in November of 1996. Several functions were consolidated into one office and accountability given to one person. Teamwork between Illinois Extension and the Illinois Department of Agriculture continues to strengthen, thus providing efficient services and enhancing our information resources. There have been procedural changes and added functions.

Telephone Upgrade
In order to better service those calling the PAT Extension office, a new telephone system was purchased which includes 24 hour voicemail, an automated attendant to walk you through which option you need and a direct rollover option to the Illinois Department of Agriculture. There are currently 56 voicemail lines so that encountering busy signals should be eliminated. With the high volume of calls per day, this system helps direct patrons to the phone service they need in a timely manner.

One Stop Shopping
Beginning this year, anyone desiring to purchase study materials to enhance their PAT knowledge base were able to do so by contacting the PAT office either by phone, fax or mail. Prior to this, two contacts were needed to accomplish registration and publication purchases. By combining the two options into one, more efficiency is realized. Any order received that included payment by check, Visa, or Master Card were processed within 72 hours.

A detailed analysis of our data entry needs was conducted during the past summer. This resulted in tailoring our program to exactly match the needs of our PAT clients. Included in the enhancements was the addition of two relational databases that work behind the scenes to automate the customer’s registration and/or publication order. The capability is now available to enter data information while talking to clientele, have the program calculate exactly what the total cost is and provide patrons with a confirmation number before hanging up the phone. It is intended that this will add professionalism and confidence to the interaction between the PAT office and our customers.

Commercial PAT Programs

Pesticide Training and Certification Clinics for commercial applicators and operators were conducted at 26 sites during the months of October through April. At these meetings, 8,533 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.

Special Rights-of-Way Clinics
Three special training clinics were held for Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) personnel during the second half of October and early November. Snow plowing responsibilities commonly hamper the ability of these personnel to attend regular training clinics during the winter. The large number of employees needing training made the personnel and monetary cost of these special clinics acceptable. These one-day clinics covered General Standards and Rights-of-Way Training and were located at Springfield, Des Plaines, and Mt. Vernon.

Three-day Clinics
Three-day training clinics were instituted at Mt. Vernon, Champaign, Matteson, and Rockford. These consisted of two General Standards sessions on successive days instead of one, followed by Turf, Ornamentals, and Rights-of-Way training on the afternoon of day two and the morning of day three. One intent of these clinics was to reduce the amount of travel and days spent by the PAT and IDA personnel conducting the clinics. The other reason for the three-day clinics was to increase the number of trainees during category training sessions.

These clinics were successful in increasing numbers at category training sessions. However, many clientele did not select a General Standards training day as they were instructed and others came for training and testing on the wrong day. Increased numbers of category testers combined with a larger number of General Standards retesters due to failing the test on one of the two previous days, created unmanageable numbers on the third day testing session at some sites. Finally, the increased number of tests to process created a burden for IDA.

Trainers
Champaign-Urbana extension personnel, particularly those with PAT funding, conducted most of the clinic training. Extension Educators throughout the state, and particularly in northeastern Illinois, also assisted with the training. Extension specialists in Champaign-Urbana provided assistance to the training efforts of these Extension Educators by furnishing slides, scripts, and other training materials. This afforded additional educational contacts for the participating Extension Educators plus enabled the campus-based staff to pursue appropriate additional activities.

Computer-Projection
Computer-aided training expanded from General Standards and Rights-of-Way Training into use in Aquatics and Demonstration and Research Category Training. Information concerning the Methyl Parathion misuse situation in Chicago and suburbs was added to the self-running introductory material that was presented to the gathering audience prior to the start of each commercial clinic. This self-running program provided an additional educational process to the clinics.

CCAs
While preparing for the pesticide applicator certification exam, 87 Certified Crop Advisers received a total of 283 Continuing Education Units after attending approved category training (Field Crops, Seed Treatment, Grain Facility and Demonstration and Research).

Private PAT Programs

In contrast to Commercial PAT clinics, Private PAT clinics are Unit-based, meaning that Unit Leaders, Unit Educators and Center Educators are responsible for scheduling, hosting, and conducting all Private PAT clinics. In addition, the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDA) offers certification testing following all Private (and Commercial) PAT clinics. Thus, an efficient working relationship between Extension and IDA is critical to the scheduling process.

In mid-1997, a Private PAT Task Force was formed to address short term program issues, evaluate the private PAT program, and make recommendations to the PAT Steering Committee on possible ways to improve our program. The Task Force included nine persons, representing Private PAT trainers, Unit Leaders, and PAT specialists. The Task Force proved to be very beneficial in addressing many of the short term issues. Of major concern was the excessive number of Private clinics offered in the past as well as a shortage of PAT trainers (particularly in the Southern counties) for the coming season. The Task Force was successful in preparing specific clinic scheduling guidelines which resulted in more efficient scheduling and fewer clinics. However, the shortage of PAT trainers continues to be problematic.

Other notable Task Force achievements include implementation of a Clinic Reporting Form that is used to gather information about each clinic for reporting purposes and creation of a Trainer Reimbursement Program that lessens the financial burden (via partial mileage reimbursement) for trainers who necessarily conduct an unusually high number of clinics.

Keeping current is vital to the success of our Pesticide Safety Education Program. Thus, an in-service training session was held in November. This event was attended by 46 persons (5 campus-based PAT specialists, 36 out-state CES PAT trainers, 3 IDA representatives, and 2 PAT colleagues from Missouri). Major emphasis was placed on the need for CES and IDA to work together as a team in scheduling and conducting our program. There was also a strong emphasis on drift education led by Bob Wolf. After distributing the results of a small client survey of our program, a lengthy and productive discussion of the PAT program developed. Another highlight of the event was the distribution and discussion of technical/supplemental training materials and presentations of training techniques by the PAT specialists. This event and previous recruiting efforts attracted six new trainers.

Other program improvements include posting the Private PAT clinic schedule with a click-able map (delineated counties) on our PAT website and adding all trainers and Unit offices to the catalog mailing list of a major personal protective equipment supplier.

During the 97/98 season, there were 165 scheduled clinics (Table 2). Details for unscheduled clinics were not available at time of printing. Based on IDA’s pre-season estimate, there were 11,300 Private Applicators in need of recertification. As shown in Table 2, almost 90% of these applicators were served by the scheduled clinics. The use of clinic preregistration increased this year, with 66% (81/123) of the training and testing clinics and 61% (19/31) of the test-only clinics reporting its use. Clients were charged a fee at 27% (33/123) of the training and testing clinics. Fees ranged from $3 to $10 per person.

The 97/98 Private PAT clinics were conducted by 43 trainers, with the median number of clinics per trainer being 3, the maximum was 19, and the minimum was 1. Most often (56% of the time), training was conducted by two trainers per clinic, while 30%, 12% and 2% of the time, training was conducted by 1, 3, and 4 trainers, respectively. Training typically lasted 3 hours (median), while there were still cases (15%) where training was less than 2.5 hours. The Private PAT workbook was used by the audience at 55% (68/123) of the clinics. However, only 19% (23/123) of the clinic reports indicate the workbook being used by more than 50% of the audience.

Program funding last season allowed us to continue to reimburse part of the cost of renting larger facilities for Private PAT clinics. As a result of this reimbursement program, $2,535 was used to help fund 22 Private PAT clinics. As mentioned above, a Trainer Reimbursement Program was created last season that lessens the financial burden (via partial mileage reimbursement) for trainers who necessarily conduct an unusually high number of clinics. As a result of this reimbursement program, $2,014 was used to assist 7 PAT trainers.

Worker Protection Standard

University of Illinois Extension continues to play an active role in Worker Protection Standard (WPS) education. In addition to continuing WPS update and education in PAT programs plus participating in the stakeholders group, a major new effort was initiated this year in Spanish WPS Handler training.

Following an initial request from growers through a local extension office, a committee was formed to pursue Spanish WPS Handler training. A pilot train-the-trainer session was held in February. Nine individuals were trained in Spanish and certified to train both workers and handlers. Training was performed by Melanie Zavala from University of California-Davis, Antonio Escobar from the Michigan Department of Agriculture, John Dimos of the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Public Health, and Susan Bauer from the Community Health Partnership of Illinois. Additional train-the-trainer sessions are planned using one of the trainees. This trainee is also producing a trainer manual in Spanish for workers and handlers. Handler and advanced worker training is also planned.

Rhonda Ferree and Bob Wolf continue to be 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 on a Top-10 List news release meant to highlight recurring questions pertaining to the WPS. The Illinois Farm Bureau and Illinois Extension produced joint media releases and radio programming to promote WPS implementation.

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 Illinois Extension workshops, schools, and publications relayed these changes and helped producers better understand how to comply with the rule. A special train-the-trainer session was conducted by Rhonda Ferree and Tom Walker (IDA) in Kankakee to interested producers.

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. Seventy-seven 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, Illinois Extension provides actual worker/handler training (in English) and teaching videos or flip charts on a loan basis.

Drift Education Activities

To gain better information about minimizing spray drift the Spray Drift Task Force (SDTF) was organized in 1990. The task force, made up of 38 major agricultural chemical companies, pooled funds (approximately $18 Million) to conduct standardized research and collect data that the USEPA could use to formulate product label language regarding application methods to reduce spray drift. In 1995 after completion of the research, a National Coalition on Drift Minimization (NCDM) was organized to help meet the educational goal of the SDTF. The coalition membership is comprised of representatives of the USEPA, state lead agencies, USDA-CRES, applicators, product manufactures and distributors, private applicator interests, American Association of Pesticide Safety educators (AAPSE), American Association of Pest Control Officials (AAPCO), National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA), Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA), and university agricultural engineers.

Bob Wolf serves on the coalition and is chair of the educational subcommittee. This subcommittee has completed a survey to assess the status of drift education in each state. The survey also was used to determine what types of educational training materials were available for use in drift education programs. As a result, the coalition has decided to establish a national drift education curriculum to help guide the development of a series of educational programs that will facilitate the dissemination of spray drift minimization information.

The first educational program from the NCDM was a video, directed by Bob Wolf, entitled the ‘Straight Talk About Minimizing Spray Drift - A guide for applicators’. The video is approximately 29 minutes in length and was designed to inform those involved in the application of crop protection products about the importance of the spray drift problem. It also covers the technical aspects of spray drift using a spray drift demonstration table to highlight the influence of nozzle type, pressure, and wind on spray drift.

Additional programs created to help support the NCDM’s national drift education curriculum are available. A slide set ‘Minimizing Spray Drift’ with guide (20 slides) is available for shorter Pesticide Applicator Training programs. A second slide set, ‘Spray Drift Management’ with script (49 slides), is available for use in a more detailed extension or other drift education program. Both of these programs are available for downloading on the World Wide Web. They can be accessed from http://www.age.uiuc.edu/faculty/rew/index.html (Bob Wolf's homepage)

Educational Materials

A publication master plan was developed this year to provide long range guidance for PAT manual and workbook development. The master plan reflects examination revision schedules within the Illinois Department of Agriculture to assure examinations are written from current study materials. The master plan calls for bound manuals in all minor-use categories by the year 2000. All manuals are now on a nine year revision schedule.

New publications this year included a revised Grain Facility manual, new Plant Management workbook, and revised Aquatics workbook. The Private workbook and training guide were revised. The training guide is basically a modified workbook that has mirrored pages to allow the PAT specialists and trainers to add comments/notes and also serves as a program development guide for the trainers. Fifteen duplicate private slide sets and scripts were prepared for trainers needing them. Several publications were reprinted last year, some with minor revisions (see Appendix C).

Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) recordkeeping slide sets and scripts were acquired from USDA and distributed to all PAT trainers. In addition, USDA developed RUP informational displays and quick reference cards, which were distributed to trainers and all Unit and Center offices.

The Illinois Pesticide Review newsletter underwent a major revision this year. The format was redesigned and the newsletter is now available as a paid subscription. Each issue of the newsletter now includes a spotlight on the University of Illinois to highlight pesticide related research, teaching, and outreach activities. The newsletter is produced on a regular bimonthly basis. 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.

The Pesticide Safety Education Home Page continues to provide up-to-date information through the internet. Additions this year included pertinent, current information on the methyl parathion problem in Chicago, information for Illinois Pesticide Safety Educators, and all current issues of the Illinois Pesticide Review newsletter. The address for the website is www.aces.uiuc.edu/~pse/

A table-top, Soybean Cyst Nematode poster was created that stresses the importance of early detection. This poster was used as part of our Farm Progress Show display. Five duplicate posters were also created and distributed to Extension Educators in the Northern part of the state, where the SCN problem is less recognized by growers. These displays were used during private PAT clinics and also during various winter meetings.

Homeowner Programs

Illinois homeowners and other residents are educated on proper pesticide use through Master Gardener and EFNEP Extension Programs. 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. Pesticide safety fact sheets were included in the new Illinois Homeowner Guide to Pest Management. (See page 14 for EFNEP programming details)

Information on the safe handling of pesticides was provided to homeowners at our PAT booth during the State Fair in 1997. A demonstration on proper hand-cleaning to remove pesticides which also stressed the use of proper gloves while mixing and applying pesticides was featured. A mannequin showing proper clothing to be worn during mixing and application was also part of the exhibit. Fact sheets on proper pesticide use were distributed.

A pilot train-the-trainer workshop was held for the second consecutive year for garden center employees. These employees will then provide homeowners with the proper information on the identification of weeds, diseases, and insect pests, types of pesticides, pesticide safe handling, storage, and disposal, and home application equipment calibration and maintenance. It is hoped to provide this training on a broader basis in the future.

Operation Safe-Fly-in Workshops

The University of Illinois Agricultural Engineering Department in cooperation with the Illinois Agricultural Aviation Association (IAAA), FMC, and Novartis hosted one Operation Safe Fly-in workshop 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.

Last season a dry collection system was added to the analysis equipment. Pilots flew across a set of 24 collectors and deposited material is analyzed through a computer program. 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.

This year a droplet scan system was added for use during the flyins. The system can analyze spray droplets on water sensitive paper and indicate various critical droplet characteristics such as size and coverage.

Methyl Parathion Misuse Response

The methyl parathion misuse case in Chicago resulted in considerable extra work this year. Extension's role in the Chicago Methyl Parathion Project was several fold. The existing Extension system was used to educate affected residents about the misuse problem and what to do if they were sprayed by Rubin Brown or had illegal material. Rhonda Ferree attended biweekly meetings in Chicago to keep current on the issue and spread the word accordingly. Communications were acheived through PAT programs, Extension administration, media releases, webpage updates, and EFNEP and Master Gardener program personnel.

Extension also provided a support role to the larger Chicago Project team by creating temporary cleanup brochures and creating a cockroach management team. This team used the premise that inherent in the misuse of agricultural pesticides in urban settings is the perceived need by residents of inexpensive, effective pest control. In response to the misuse of methyl parathion in Chicago, Extension decided to approach the problem proactively by using local extension personnel, including paraprofessionals and volunteers, as well as city, county, and state public health and other educators to teach proper cockroach management to residents in small groups. Through these efforts, residents will be able to control the cockroach problem safely and legally.

Four train-the-trainer workshops were held in various areas of Chicago and were attended by over 100 trainers. Each workshop lasted three hours and addressed the pesticide misuse problem, health problems from cockroaches, and proper IPM control utilizing scouting, sanitation, caulking, insecticide placement, and pesticide safe handling. Instructors were from Extension, USEPA, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and Safer Pest Control Project. A three-fold brochure with English and Spanish versions, flipchart, and IPM demonstration tool kit were developed for use by the trainers and residents.

Newsletter articles and news releases were also distributed throughout Chicago and surrounding areas to provide proper cockroach management education.

Program Improvements & Benefits

Bruce Paulsrud coordinated the Private PAT Task Force effort, which brought the various program participants to the table to compare and discuss the various needs and program expectations. This facilitated better communication within Extension and also between Extension and IDA. Although there are still issues that need to be resolved, the overriding fact is that we now have a good foundation from which to improve our training program and its value to the client.

Patty Bingaman developed one-stop shopping for the Commercial PAT program. She and Jean Miles (part-time secretary) processed 5,501 publication orders, over 8,000 registrations, and answered over 12,000 incoming calls.

Rhonda Ferree improved the Illinois Pesticide Review newsletter, which is now available for subscription. A much needed publication report was created to assure quality, timely training materials production into the future. She also coordinated the Spanish Handler Training and initial Methyl Parathion eduational efforts.

Bob Wolf was instrumental in the National Drift Minimization Coalition, producing many important drift management educational pieces. Bob spoke across the United States and Canada to many public and private groups about pesticides application.

Phil Nixon was one of eight state PAT coordinators chosen to serve on the National PAT Program Goals Committee, formed in response to the Government Program Results Act (GPRA) recently enacted by Congress and the President. Phil was key to the cockroach management training programs which to date have trained over 100 trainers who will exponentially spread this important message.

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.

Other Programs

Off-Season Clientele 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 has 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 agricultural chemical handling techniques. Bob Wolf, Ag. Engineering PAT Specialist is the current chairman of INASH. Rhonda Ferree, Bob Wolf, and Bruce Paulsrud spoke at the fall meeting on November 19. The spring meeting is May 27-28.

Major Invited Talks Given by PAT Specialists

Agricultural Pesticides Conference, Air Assist Technology for Drift , Urbana, IL

FMC Drift Workshops, Decatur and Peoria, IL and Indianapolis, IN

Atwood Lions Club, Precision Farming Overview, Atwood, IL

Michigan Extension Train-the-Trainer on Drift, E. Lansing, MI

Virginia Extension Train-the-Trainer on Drift, Blacksburg, VA

Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, Drift Talk

Indiana Feed and Plant Food Association, Drift Talk

Champaign County Farm Bureau, Precision Ag

Application Technology Conference, Drift

American Cyanamid Field Day, Drift

Master Gardener annual conference, Weed ID and Management, Moline, IL

University of Illinois Classified Employees Assoc., Houseplants, Champaign, IL

Specialty Crops Convention, IPM for the Specialty Crop Grower, Springfield, IL

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

Knox County Urban IPM Program, Pesticide Safety, Label Interpretation, and Applicator Maintenance and Calibration, Galesburg, IL

National Animal Poison Center, Education Provided During Pesticide Applicator Training in Illinois and Nationally, Urbana, IL

North Central Turfgrass Exposition, Turfgrass Insect Research Update and Japanese Beetles - Gone Today, Here Tomorrow, St. Charles, IL

Quincy Area Homeowners, Mayfly Biology and Pest Management, Quincy, IL

Crop Sciences Seminar, Biological Control of Potato Scab, Urbana, IL

Springfield Bonsai Society meeting, Pest Management for Bonsai Plants, Springfield, IL

Workshops, Shows, and Meeting Participation by PAT Specialists

1998 Field Crop Pest Management Workshop, Champaign, IL

AAPCO/AAPSE in Washington, DC

AAPSE/ Regional Pesticide Certification & Training Workshop, Rapid City, SD

AAPSE/National Pesticide Certification & Training Workshop, Columbus, Ohio

Agricultural Retailers Association, St. Louis, MO

AMBUCS Noon Luncheon

Central Illinois Golf Course Superintendents

College of ACES Open House

Farm Progress Show, ACES and INASH tents

Field Crop Disease workshop, Champaign, IL

Horticulture Telenet Updates

Illinois Agronomy Day, Urbana, IL

Illinois Landscape Horticulture Field Research Laboratory Field Day

Illinois Plant Health Care Diagnostic Training Workshop

Illinois State Fair

Illinois State Geological and Natural History Surveys Field Trip

Insect Expo.

MAGIE, Flyin and Dry Application Workshop for Ground Applicators

Master Gardeners Insect Walk

Master Gardening Training

North American Drift Workshop

Operation Safe Aerial Fly-in Workshops in Illinois and Wisconsin

Robeson School Explorers Day

SFIREG (State FIFRA Research and Evaluation Group)

Soybean Cyst Nematode Clinic, Henry, IL

Campus-based Classes Taught by PAT Specialists

Bob Wolf. Organized and cotaught Ag Mech 300-Site-Specific Agriculture. Guest lectured in the following: CPSC 326-Weeds and Their Control; CPSC 121-Crop Science; PL PA 305-Principles of Plant Disease Control; TSM 333-Ag. Chemical Application Systems; TSM 221-Farm Power and Machinery Mgmt; NRES 252-Turfgrass Mgmt; NRES 259-Landscape Plants Production; Parkland College-Pest Mgmt Class/Special Applicator Training Class; NRES 245-Indoor Plant ID, Culture, and Use; NRES 325-Weeds of Orn Crops.

Rhonda Ferree. Taught Hort 227-Indoor Plant Culture, Identification, and Use. Guest lectured in the following: SPSC 326-Weeds and Their Control; NRES 494-Professional Orientation in Horticulture; CPSC 121-Principles of Field Crop Science.

Phil Nixon. Guest lectured in the following: NRES 245-Indoor Plant ID, Culture, and Use; Entom 120-Introduction to Applied Entomology.

Bruce Paulsrud. Guest lectured in the following: NRES 245-Indoor Plant ID, Culture, and Use; PL PA 305-Principles of Plant Disease Control.

Pesticide Safety Education Specialists

PAT Advisory Team

Appendix A

Professional Improvement by PAT Specialists

Professional Society Involvement

Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA)

American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators (AAPSE)

American Phytopathological Society (APS)

American Society for Horticultural Science

American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE)

American Society of Agronomists

Bonsai Society of Central Illinois

Central Illinois Golf Course Superintendents Association (CIGCSA)

Entomological Society of America

Illinois Agricultural Aviation Association (IAAA)

Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA)

Illinois Landscape Contractors Association

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

Illinois Nurserymen Association

Illinois Pest Control Association

Illinois Turfgrass Foundation

Illinois Vector Control 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

Agricultural Pesticides Conference Planning Committee

College of ACES Committees

Crop Sciences Department Committees

Grounds Advisory Committee

Illinois Natural History Survey Committees

Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Department Committees

Purdue Pest Control Conference

Awards

ACES Innovation and Creativity Award

· 1997 – Rhonda Ferree

· 1998 – Bob Wolf

Incomplete List of Teachers Ranks Excellent by Their Students – Rhonda Ferree

Agricultural Engineering Dept. Teaching Excellence Award – Bob Wolf

Chicago Metro Methyl Parathion Project

Coalition for Drift Minimization-USEPA

Coalition Subgroup-Education Committee Chairman

Entomology Society of America LaFage Award Committee

Environmental Education Leadership Group

FFA Award Committees

Horticulture Development Team

Illinois Private PAT Task Force

Illinois Specialty Grower Convention-Planning Committee

IPM Development Team

Journal of Medical Entomology Editorial Board

National Coalition for Drift Minimization-USEPA

National Pesticide Certification and Training Advisory Group

National PAT Program Goals Committee

NCDM Subgroup-Education Committee Chairman

Pest Management Monitoring with Community Colleges-Planning Committee

Plant Health Care/Integrated Pest Management Workshop Committee

Professional Applicator Institute (PAI) Instructor and Steering Committee

Spanish WPS Handler Training Project

Structural Pest Control Advisory Council Member

Urban-IPM Development Team

Worker Protection Standard Stakeholders Group

Appendix B

Support Trainers
Commercial PAT Trainers:

Campus Faculty
Kevin Steffey, Tom Voigt

Crop Systems Educator
Dale Baird, Stan Eden, Ellen Mary Phillips

Horticulture Educators
Susan Grupp, David Robson, Greg Stack, James Schuster, Bruce Spangenberg, Sharon Yiesla

Integrated Pest Management Educators
Suzanne Bissonette, George Czapar, Dave Feltes, Fredric Miller

Natural Resources Management Educators
Duane Friend

Private PAT Trainers:

Animal Systems Educators
Bob Lahne

Campus Faculty
Kevin Steffey (Grain Fumigation training)

Crop Systems Educators
Joe Aggert, Dale Baird, Robert Bellm, Dennis Bowman, Gary Bretthauer, Bill Brink, Kyle Cecil, Greg Clark, Stan Eden, Dennis Epplin, Pete Fandel, Doug Gucker, Bill Hall, Omar Koester, Gary Letterly, Matt Montgomery, Jim Morrison, Ellen Mary Phillips, Mike Roegge, Marion Shier

Horticulture Educators
Tony Bratsch, Ron Cornwell, Dave Robson, Bruce Spangenberg, Gregg Stack, William Whiteside

Integrated Pest Management Educators
Susan Bissonnette, George Czapar, Dave Feltes, Joe Toman

Natural Resources Management Educators
John Church, Duane Friend, Mike Plumer, David Shiley

Unit Leaders
Michael Crisel, Don Frederick, Robert Harris, Ike Leeper, Don Meyer, Ron Waldrop, Lynn Weis, Wes Winter

Appendix C

Summary of Accomplishments

Accomplishment: Completion Date
Illinois Pesticide Review Newsletter: Aug-97, Nov-97, Jan-98, March -98, May-98

Plant Clinic work: Summer 1997

Private PAT Task Force meetings: June-July 1997

Two fact sheets on drift: July 1997

State Fair Booth on Pesticide Protection: August 1997

Ornamentals Manual Reprint (2000 copies): August 1997

Private Applicator Manual Reprint (2000 copies): August 1997

Schedule of Commercial PAT clinics (18,000 copies): September 1997

Webpage fact sheet: September 1997

Private PAT workbook revision (5,000 copies): October 1997

Private PAT Training Guide revision (75 copies): October 1997

Private PAT Slide set duplication (15 copies): October 1997

Private PAT Slide script duplication (15 copies): October 1997

Soybean Cyst Nematode Educational poster (5 copies): October 1997

Private PAT clinic schedule posted to web site: November 1997

Private PAT in-service training session: November 1997

Soil Disinfestation Booklet Reprint (20 copies): November 1997

Grain Facility Manual Revision (2000 copies): November 1997

Methyl Parathion/Cockroach Management fact sheets: December 1997

Slide Set for Drift Reduction: December 1997

Rights-of-Way Addendum Reprint (400 copies): January 1998

Turf & Ornamentals Workbook Reprint (2000 copies): January 1998

Field Crop Workbook Reprint (500 copies): January 1998

Rights-of-Way Workbook Reprint (2000 copies): January 1998

Insect Pest of Cattle Booklet Reprint (200 copies): January 1998

Soil Disinfestation Booklet Reprint (100 copies): January 1998

"Hit counter" installed on website (average 2000 hits per month): January 1998

Aquatic Weed Control Workbook Revision (300 copies): February 1998

General Standards Workbook Reprint (3000 copies): March 1998

Rights-of-Way Addendum Reprint (300 copies): March 1998

Illinois Pesticide Safety Fact Sheet Reprint (200 copies): March 1998

Plant Management Workbook **NEW** (50 copies): April 1998

Slide Set for Drift Reduction: April 1998

Drift Video: May 1998