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Pesticide Safety Education Program

Illinois Annual Report 2000/2001


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 University of Illinois Extension (Extension) 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. Extension, working in cooperation with IDA staff, is responsible for conducting educational training programs for private, commercial, and public pesticide applicators and operators.

Since 1966, Extension 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.

Initial funding for Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) was provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) through the USDA Federal Extension Service, starting in 1974. These funds have been reduced over the years in amount and also in value due to inflation.

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." This fund provides the bulk of the dollars needed 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 are also important in helping maintain attractive and useful landscapes. Pesticides 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. Extension 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:


• 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


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


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


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

PAT Office

The University of Illinois Extension Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) program maintains an office to carry out needed administrative and secretarial functions. Close interaction with the Illinois Department of Agriculture regarding the number of attendees at each clinic and other operational issues results in consistent information from both training and testing personnel to our PAT clinic attendees.

Key to the PAT customer's satisfaction is the ability to communicate with members of our program. Those seeking information can communicate through fax, telephone, voice mail or U.S. mail. Our telephone system includes 24 hour voice mail, an automated attendant to assist the caller in selecting which option is needed and a direct rollover option to the Illinois Department of Agriculture. There are currently 56 voice mail lines so that busy signals do not occur. With the high volume of calls (12,000 per year), this system helps direct patrons to the phone service they need in a timely manner.

The Commercial & Private schedule, plus other pertinent clinic information is also available on the University of Illinois Pesticide Safety Education web site. Clients can easily print and mail the forms to register for clinics and/or order study materials.

Customer Satisfaction
The PAT office also sells educational materials. Customer response is very positive since they are able to register plus order desired materials in one telephone call. Mailing of requested educational materials is promised within 72 hours, however this is usually accomplished the same day. During the past year, 7,139 publications were sold to customers from the PAT office. PAT educational materials are also available at the commercial PAT clinics where 1205 publications were sold during the past year.

A detailed analysis of the operations of the PAT office was conducted to insure the optimum utilization of resources. Several on-line changes were initiated to the mirror databases, which proved to increase the delivery of service from the office. Also, updated software was installed in order to keep current and match the partners with whom we communicate.

Data entry utilizes two relational databases that work behind the scenes to automate the customer's registration and/or publication order. This allows one to enter information while talking to clientele, calculate the total cost, and provide a confirmation number before ending the phone conversation. This professionalism adds 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 28 sites during the months of October through May. At these meetings, 7,938 commercial applicators and operators were trained (Table 1). In addition to General Standards Training, Category Training was offered in the areas of Field Crops, Turf, Ornamentals, Rights-of-Way, Aquatics, Plant Management, Seed Treatment, Demonstration and Research, Mosquito, and Grain Facility.

General Standards training is conducted by using a computer projector controlled by a laptop computer. This setup utilizing PowerPoint software allows easy adjustments to the presentations. Computer-aided training is also used during Rights-of-Way, Aquatics, Plant Management, and Demonstration and Research Category Training.

Special Clinics
Three special training clinics were held for Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) personnel during October and November. Snow plowing responsibilities commonly hamper their ability to attend regular training clinics during the winter.

Demonstration and Research Clinics
Many of the clientele attending training in Demonstration and Research (D&R) do not attend General Standards training. This year, due to conflicts with other programs in Urbana, we taught the D&R category training concurrently with General Standards training in a separate room in Urbana and DeKalb. Several of the D&R trainees expressed concern about their inability to attend General Standards training at the same clinic. In the future, we will try to make that possible.

Publications and Educational Assistance
Each attendee receives a workbook and pencil to aid note-taking and information retention. All PAT manuals and workbooks are available at each clinic for attendees to purchase for home study and reference. Bilingual General Standards workbooks in Spanish and English are provided for Hispanic clientele. Videotapes covering General Standards training are available for purchase and also for viewing at Unit Extension Offices for those who wish to reinforce on-site training or study at their own pace. We also provide sample copies and information concerning our PAT website and Extension newsletters for their continued education.

Attendees usually use calculators during the calibration portion of the training and testing. This is the second year that we provided inexpensive calculators for sale at the clinics, because many attendees forget to bring them. This continues to be popular with the clientele with 273 sold this past season.

Champaign-Urbana extension personnel, particularly those with PAT funding, conducted much of the clinic training. Extension Educators throughout the state, 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, slide notes, and other training materials. This afforded additional educational contacts for the participating Extension Educators and allowed the campus-based staff to pursue appropriate additional activities.

While preparing for the pesticide applicator certification exam, 100 Certified Crop Advisers received a total of 340 Continuing Education Units after attending approved category training (Field Crops, Seed Treatment, and Grain Facility).

Program Benefit: 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.

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 PAT clinics. Thus, an efficient working relationship between Extension and IDA is critical to the scheduling process.

Based on IDA's pre-season estimate, there were 9,896 Private Applicators in need of recertification during the 00/01 season. About 79% of these applicators were served by the scheduled training and testing clinics. The remaining applicators either attended a test-only session or no longer required a license for various reasons. In response to IDA's county-specific recertification estimates, Unit Leaders, Educators, and IDA inspectors did a fine job of scheduling an appropriate number of clinics. As shown in Table 2, there were 119 scheduled training and testing clinics, and 27 scheduled test-only clinics.

The use of clinic pre-registration decreased slightly this year, with 72% of the training and testing clinics reporting its use. Clients were charged a fee at 26% of the training and testing clinics, and fees ranged from $5 to $10 per person.

Private PAT clinics were conducted by 40 trainers, with the median number of clinics per trainer being 3, while the maximum was 20. Most often (56% of the time), training was conducted by two trainers per clinic, while 26% and 12% of the time, training was conducted by 1 or 3 trainers, respectively. Training typically lasted about 3 hours, while there were still cases (9%; compared to 6% last season) where training was less than 2.5 hours. The Private PAT workbook was used by the audience at 87% of the clinics. However, only 23% of the clinic reports indicate the workbook being used by more than 50% of the audience. Electronic presentations (PowerPoint) were used at 61% of the clinics, compared to 37% last season.

Program funding last season allowed us to continue to reimburse part of the cost of renting larger facilities for Private PAT clinics resulting in $2,052 being used to help fund 18 Private PAT clinics. In addition, the Trainer Reimbursement Program was continued in order to lessen 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, $1,738 were used to assist 5 trainers.

We work with the Private PAT trainers throughout the year using e-mail, the Illinois Pesticide Review Newsletter, and mailings to keep them aware of new information concerning pesticide regulations and training. Pertinent information from USEPA and other sources is forwarded to them electronically and by other means. In addition, an internal website was created to aid Unit Leaders and Educators in scheduling Private PAT clinics and answering common PAT/program questions. It was used effectively in the fall of 2000 to provide updated PowerPoint slides and slide notes to Commercial and Private PAT trainers. We continually work with our trainers to maintain and improve the quality of training that they provide. For example, three off-campus trainers joined the campus-based team at the National Pesticide Applicator Training and Certification Workshop held in San Antonio, TX in June 2001.

Drift Education Activities

Pesticide spray drift is a major concern to the public as well as commercial growers and landscapers. University of Illinois PAT programs provide education in the use of the proper equipment and techniques to avoid drift. Each commercial and private PAT clinic contains a section explaining the drift problem, the causes of pesticide drift, and how to prevent drift.

Private Applicator Trainers utilize the videos, "Straight Talk About Minimizing Spray Drift - A Guide for Applicators," and "Foam Marking Systems for Applicators." They also use two slides sets, "Minimizing Spray Drift" and "Spray Drift Management." These materials were at least partially developed by PAT specialists.

Grower meetings and field days are used to provide information on drift control. Presentations were given at meetings in Rockford, DeKalb, Lewistown, Collinsville and Kewanee, Illinois. Grapes are particularly susceptible to herbicide drift and Illinois has a growing wine industry. PAT specialists delivered pesticide safety and equipment calibration presentations to new and experienced grape growers in Elizabeth and Carbondale, IL.

A consumer brochure entitled, "Drift Complaints - What You Should Know" was developed this year to help individuals understand pesticide drift and provide information on how they can receive assistance in dealing with drift on home landscapes and gardens.

Worker Protection Standard

Bruce Paulsrud and Michelle Wiesbrook lead Extension's Worker Protection Standard (WPS) efforts. The WPS program was crafted in 1992 and fully implemented in 1995. Beginning in June 2000, stakeholders began meeting to discuss the status of the WPS, a program aimed at reducing the risk of agricultural pesticide poisonings and injuries among farm, forestry, nursery, and greenhouse workers. A two- to three-year reassessment process began with EPA asking stakeholders to discuss their key concerns about the WPS program and follow-up meetings will focus on how, if at all, the WPS should be changed. Michelle Wiesbrook has been participating in these national workshops.

In addition to the WPS materials available on the Pesticide Safety Education website and traditional newsletter articles, we collaborate with a diverse group called the Worker Protection Stakeholder Committee (WPSC) to inform growers, IDA inspectors, and educators about the WPS in the following ways:

Spanish Train-the-Trainer WPS program
This program was implemented in 1997 to meet the needs of growers struggling to comply with the Worker Protection Standard (WPS). According to the WPS, certain employers are required to train their workers and handlers about pesticide safety. Because a substantial number of these employees are Hispanic, with little or no English skills, their employers face a difficult challenge of providing quality WPS training. The Pesticide Safety Education program, in conjunction with Community Health Partnerships of Illinois, identified and prepared nine Spanish-speaking individuals to deliver WPS training (in Spanish) to their worker and handler coworkers and to colleagues employed elsewhere. Since the program began, we have offered seven workshops and directly prepared approximately 30 employees (representing about 12 different employers from Boone, DuPage, Kankakee, McHenry, Kane, and Clinton counties). In March of 2000, the U.S. EPA grant which supported this outreach effort expired, but the workshops continue to be available to WPS employers for a fee. Although participants (employees and employers) have been very pleased with the hands-on training sessions, interest in the program virtually disappeared after 1999. Current lack of interest may be due to one or more of the following factors: 1) many of the large and interested operations have already participated; 2) the program is no longer free; 3) workshop timing is difficult and represents a significant time commitment (2-3 days) for employees.

PAT Clinics
Since PAT clinics meet the WPS training requirements, agricultural employers have the option of sending their agricultural workers and handlers to these clinics for WPS training. Each PAT trainer is certified to distribute worker and handler WPS Training Verification Cards to clientele. To receive a card, the client simply needs to request one following training. These cards are optional, and the client does not need to take an exam to receive one. This year, sixteen (3 Worker, 15 Handler) WPS cards were distributed by University of Illinois staff.

Operation Safe-Fly-in Workshops

The PAT program provided an Operation Safe Fly-in Workshop in Pontiac, Illinois in cooperation with the Illinois Agricultural Aviation Association and several pesticide manufacturers.

The "string analysis" computer assisted system is used to calibrate aerial application systems. Pilots are able to fly across the "string", and upon analysis, make adjustments on-site and retest with another series of passes. Several new application practices are being introduced to aerial applicators as a result of information gained at various fly-in workshops across the nation.

Also used at the workshop were water-sensitive cards used to indicate various critical droplet characteristics such as size, coverage, and drift. Applicators could therefore see the effects of operating parameters like nozzle selection and operating pressure on dropsize and target coverage. In addition, a dry collection system was available that uses 24 collectors that can be used to collect untreated dry ("placebo") material, allowing for pattern analysis using a computer program.

Using these advanced analysis systems, pilots have the opportunity to make adjustments on-site and leave the workshop with confidence that they are able to conform to the regulations- applying product with adequate dropsize, pattern uniformity, proper swath width, and volume, with a minimization of drift.

Program Benefit: 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.

Educational Materials

The University of Illinois PAT program publishes sixteen manuals that address the most commonly licensed areas of pesticide certification in Illinois. In addition, there are four packets of information that provide education for other categories. There are also nine workbooks that cover the ten most commonly licensed areas. Our manuals and workbooks continue to be used not only as references and learning tools before and during training clinics, but also as self-tutorial guides for those who wish to study on their own. These publications allow us to educate more operators and applicators than actually attend PAT clinics.

The Private PAT program materials received minor updates this year including the revision of several slides and slide notes.

Several new category manuals have been produced and are in various stages of the editing, design, and printing processes. They are being produced in several categories that contain few licensees and replace the study packets that have been used in the past. A new Sewer Root category training manual was printed. Category manuals in Livestock, Fruit, Vegetable, Dealer, and Demonstration and Research are written and are in the process of final design and printing. A new Soil Fumigation manual draft has been written, as have drafts of revised Seed Treatment and Ornamentals manuals.

Since early 1999, we have offered a Bilingual General Standards workbook for use by Spanish-speaking clients as they prepare for the Pesticide Operator certification exam. This workbook is identical to the English General Standards workbook except that for each English page, the opposite page offers a Spanish translation including technical vocabulary words used during training. This workbook is useful during training, but because training is fast-paced, clients will likely receive more benefit by spending additional time studying the material outside of the classroom setting prior to taking the English exam. This workbook was revised in 2001.

A new Grain Facility and Seed Treatment Workbook was developed and printed. The General Standards Workbook, and Ornamentals and Turf Workbook were revised.

The Illinois Agricultural Pest Management Handbook and Illinois Commercial Landscape & Turf Pest Management Handbook were revised and printed. These handbooks provide important specific information on pest management to Private and Commercial Applicators and are offered for sale at all training clinics.

Mass Media

During the past year, the PAT specialists increased public knowledge of proper pesticide application, new developments in pesticide related human and environmental safety, and recently enacted rules and regulations through radio, television, newspapers, and magazines. At least 30 newspaper and magazine articles were published as the result of news interviews or news releases produced by PAT specialists. Six radio programs spanning more than four hours of air time were used to promote proper pesticide use. Information from PAT specialists was featured in 2 television programs.

Six issues of The Illinois Pesticide Review newsletter were published this year. This bimonthly newsletter is written by PAT specialists in Illinois to address pesticide safety issues, regulatory information, and changes in pesticide registration and label status. Each issue contains an in-depth article addressing current pesticide issues or University of Illinois pesticide-related activities. The newsletter remains available as a traditional paper subscription and electronically on the Pesticide Safety Education website. Beginning with the January 2001 issue, each issue is now available in PDF format on the web. Also, a new automatic e-mail notification system was created where Illinois Pesticide Review readers can be notified immediately when new issues are posted to our website. This system has proven to be successful with 57 readers registered.

The Pesticide Safety Education internet web site continues to provide up-to-date information. Ease of access to our website was improved with the addition of a new URL. This address is, which is easier to remember and better relays the purpose of the site. Visitors will find the electronic version of the Illinois Pesticide Review newsletter, information about Commercial and Private PAT schedules, and a host of valuable links to other pesticide-related sites. Several new fact sheets were developed, including "Remember Pesticides When Preparing for Storms and Flooding", and "Pesticide Disposal". Our website steadily increases in popularity each year. During the year 2000, there were 44,644 webpage requests or hits (a 66% increase from the previous year) and 64% of this activity is due to non-educational institution users.

These efforts serve to keep clientele up-to-date about pesticide safety issues outside of the pesticide clinics that they attend. Important information is communicated to the clientele when it is needed. In addition, many homeowners and other Illinois residents learn how to apply pesticides correctly and safely in and around their homes.

Homeowner Programs

Illinois homeowners and other residents are educated by Extension on proper pesticide use through the Master Gardener Program, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), and various gardening, home safety, and other programs. Training is provided to Master Gardeners through the pesticide safety section of the Illinois Master Gardener Handbook, color slides that were prepared by the PAT Specialists, and a Purdue training video. The Home, Yard, and Garden Pest Guide provides important pest management information on specific pests to Illinois residents. Included in this guide is a section on pesticide safety written by the PAT specialists.

Pesticide Safety Training for Retail Sales Personnel
Pesticide Safety Training for Retail Sales Personnel was held in Bloomington, Springfield, and Champaign. The goal is to have this program available statewide in the future. It provides sales personnel with the necessary basis for addressing their customer's questions on pest management with a safe and satisfactory answer. That is, being able to offer sound solutions for common household and garden problems. Such skills are critical for people handling pesticide sales and addressing customer inquiries. Having employees trained to do so is a definite asset by any retail store that caters to a growing environmentally conscious public.

This new program from University of Illinois Extension gives salespeople who work with household and garden pesticide sales a general overview of the safety issues associated with these chemicals. Employees are asked to attend a three-hour session, modeled after the Pesticide Applicator Training sessions, in which pesticide safety issues are discussed and explained. The session covers topics such as human pesticide protection, labels, pesticides and the environment, and IPM techniques.

The tone of the presentation is set by the questions likely to arise from homeowners and gardeners buying general-use pesticides, and from situations likely to occur in the stores during the early spring season when most of the pesticide-related sales take place. The sessions are interactive, with the attendants participating through their questions and comments. Insect and weed identification samples are available for hands-on training. Pablo Kalnay (Springfield Extension Center) coordinates this outreach effort.

Program Benefit: Many homeowners and other Illinois residents learn how to apply pesticides correctly and safely in and around their homes. They also gain an appreciation of the efforts being made to use pesticides in a manner that reduces the impact to human health, wildlife, and the environment while maximizing the low-cost production of food and providing aesthetically pleasing landscapes and roadsides.

Program Improvements

Computer use continues to help the PAT program to be more efficient and professional. The Illinois Pesticide Review Newsletter is almost totally a web-based publication and becomes more so each year as clientele switch to internet access. This year, an e-mail notification system for the newsletter was implemented by Michelle Wiesbrook. Bruce Paulsrud established an internal web site that makes available Private and Commercial PAT training materials and revisions. Mark Mohr and Bruce Paulsrud established a new, easier-to-use URL for the PAT website. Patty Bingaman evaluated and updated the computer programs used for pre-registration and publication orders. All of the PAT specialists continue to upgrade their teaching presentations.The program also purchased a new LCD projector that allows brighter, clearer presentations with increased ambient light to provide a better training environment.

Several new and revised publications were produced this year. The PAT team developed new manuals for Sewer Root, Fruit, Vegetable, Livestock, Demonstration & Research, Dealer, and Soil Fumigation. They revised the Seed Treatment and Ornamentals Manuals. They produced a new Grain Facility and Seed Treatment Workbook, and revised the Turf and Ornamentals, General Standards, and Bilingual General Standards Workbooks.

Patty Bingaman and Jean Miles processed 7,139 publication orders, 7,938 registrations, and answered 11,735 incoming calls. Patty's effective leadership resulted in the pre-registration of essentially 100% of commercial PAT clinic attendees allowing better planning of PAT clinics and a more professional presentation of them. The percentage of preregistrations and number of publications sold from the office increases each year. Most publication orders are filled the same day that they are received.

Within Illinois, PAT is active in several programs related to PAT. Bruce Paulsrud and Phil Nixon are the College of ACES, University of Illinois representatives on the Interagency Committee on Pesticides. Phil Nixon is a member of the State of Illinois Structural Pest Control Advisory Council. Bruce Paulsrud is on Extension's Spanish Language Programming Task Force.

PAT is also represented on national USEPA committees. Phil Nixon is a member of the Certification and Training Advisory Group determining the direction that PAT will take nationally in the coming decades. He is also on USEPA's Urban Initiative Committee. Michelle Wiesbrook is a member of the Consumer Labeling Initiative Committee. She also attended the National Assessment of the Worker Protection Standard Workshop.

Program Benefit: 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 evaluations of private and commercial applicators conducted in previous years, 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.

Other Programs

The PAT team is integral to communicating pest identification, scouting, and recommendations to commercial pesticide applicators in Illinois. They annually answer large numbers of individual weed, disease, and insect pest queries by telephone, mail, e-mail, and through the Plant Clinic. 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. Bruce Paulsrud contributes articles to the Pest Management and Crop Development Bulletin. The PAT specialists are authors of several chapters in the Illinois Agricultural Pest Managment Handbook, Illinois Commercial Landscape and Turfgrass Pest Management Handbook, and Home, Yard, and Garden Pest Guide.


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.

Workshops, Shows, and Meeting Participation by PAT Specialists

  • Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference, Louisville, KY
  • Agronomy Day, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX
  • American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA
  • Consumer Labeling Initiative Committee
  • Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, Montreal, Ontario
  • Garden Day, Champaign, IL
  • Illinois Network for Agricultural Safety and Health
  • Illinois Renewable Natural Resources Conference, Peoria, IL
  • Illinois State Fair, Springfield, IL
  • Master Gardener Training
  • National Assessment of the Worker Protection Standard Workshop #2, Sacramento, CA
  • National Pesticide Applicator Training and Certification Workshop, San Antonio, TX
  • Pro-Horticulture Symposium & Trade Show, Peoria, IL
  • Purdue Pest Control Conference, W. Lafayette, IN
  • Region 5 EPA Pre-SFIREG Committee, Chicago, IL
  • University of Illinois College of ACES Open House, Urbana, IL
  • University of Illinois Crop Protection Technology Conference, Urbana, IL
  • University of Illinois Turfgrass and Landscape Field Day, Urbana, IL.

Major Invited Talks Given by PAT Specialists

  • Barkstall School Science Night, Build an Insect, Champaign, IL
  • Blackhawk Community College, Personal Protection Equipment Demonstration, Kewannee, IL
  • Blackhawk Community College, Calibration and Drift Reduction, Kewanee, IL.
  • Bonsai Society of Central Illinois, Soils and Soil Fertility Basics for Growing Bonsai, Urbana, IL
  • Campus-Based Course, NRES 300, Controlling Turfgrass Pests, Urbana, IL
  • Champaign-Urbana Arborists, Insect Update, Champaign, IL
  • EPA/Extension Partnership Roundtable on Water Quality Issues, Pesticide Applicator Training Activities, Chicago, IL
  • Grape Growers Meeting, Pesticide Safety & Legal Issues in Illinois, Elizabeth, IL
  • Horticulture Extension Development Team Inservice, Insect Update, Urbana, IL
  • Horticulture Inspector Society Annual Meeting, Diseases of Conifers, and Phenology and Life Cycles of Plant Bugs and Leafhoppers on Ornamentals, Lisle, IL Illinois
  • Christmas Growers Association Fall Meeting, Bagworms and other Insects on Christmas Trees, White Heath, IL
  • Illinois Grape Growers & Vintners Association, Pesticide Safety & Legal Issues in Illinois, Carbondale, IL
  • Insect Identification Lattitude Bridge Extension Inservice, Insect Orders and Household Insects, Urbana, IL
  • IPM Extension Development Team Inservice, Household Insect Identification and Update, Champaign, IL
  • McDonough County Public Health Workshop, Lady Beetles and Other Biting Insects, Macomb, IL
  • North-Central Region Certification &Training Workshop, Illinois' Experience with the Internet and Information Technology, Minneapolis, MN
  • North-Central Turf Expo, Top Ten Landscape Conifer Diseases, St. Charles, IL
  • North-Central Turfgrass Expo, Turfgrass Insect Research Update, Asian Longhorn Beetle Eradication Update, and White Grub Species Identification and Biology, St. Charles, IL
  • Northern Illinois Farm Show, New Equipment to Reduce Drift, Rockford, IL
  • Safer Pest Control Chicago Conference, Pesticide Label Information and Pesticide Safety, Chicago, IL
  • School IPM Workshops, Monitoring for Insects and Other Pests, Springfield, Peoria, LaSalle, IL
  • Southern Illinois Grounds Maintenance School, Pesticide Drift: Trends, Case Assistance, and Technology and New Insecticides and Other Control Options for White Grubs, Collinsville, IL
  • Syngenta Safety Meeting, WPS: IDoA Inspection Summary/Q&A, Paris, IL
  • University of Illinois Intensive Web Desigh Workshop, Champaign, IL
  • University of Illinois Turfgrass and Ornamentals Field Day, Tolerance of Ornamental Grasses Grown in Containers to Clopyralid, and Ornamentals and Turfgrass Insect Pest Update, Urbana, IL

Pesticide Safety Education Specialists

Support Trainers

Campus Faculty: Luke Cella, Linda Mason (Purdue University), Denny Schrock, Christy Sprague, Tom Voigt, Loretta Ortiz-Ribbing, Raymond Cloyd

Crop Systems Educators: Dale Baird, Bill Brink, Stan Eden, Ellen Phillips

Horticulture Educators: Dave Robson, Jim Schuster, Bruce Spangenberg, Barb Larson, Greg Stack

Integrated Pest Management Educators: Dave Feltes, Pablo Kalnay, Mark Hoard

Natural Resources Management Educators: Duane Friend

Animal Systems Educators: Wes Winter

Crop Systems Educators: Dale Baird, Robert Bellm, Dennis Bowman, Gary Bretthauer, Bill Brink, David Brint, Kyle Cecil, Greg Clark, Aaron Dufelmeier, Stan Eden, Dennis Epplin, Pete Fandel, Doug Gucker, Omar Koester, Dido Kotile, Gary Letterly, Matt Montgomery, Jim Morrison, Ellen Phillips, Mike Roegge, Marion Shier, Keith Worner

Horticulture Educators: Rhonda Ferree, Greg Stack

Integrated Pest Management Educators: Dave Feltes, Russ Higgins, Mark Hoard, Pablo Kalnay, Loretta Ortiz-Ribbing

Natural Resources Management Educators: John Church, Mike Plumer, David Shiley

Unit Leaders: Don Frederick, John Fulton, Ike Leeper, Don Meyer, Ron Waldrop, Lynn Weis Other: Linda Mason, Purdue University (Grain Fumigation training)

PAT Advisory Team

Appendix A
Professional Improvement by PAT Specialists
Professional Society Involvement
American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators
American Phytopathological Society
American Society of Agricultural Engineers
Bonsai Society of Central Illinois
Entomological Society of America
Entomological Society of America, LaFage Award Committee
Illinois Farm Bureau
Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association
Illinois Network for Agricultural Safety and Health
Illinois Turfgrass Foundation
Journal of Medical Entomology Editorial Board
Michigan Entomological Society
North Central American Phytopathological Society
North Central Weed Science Society
Region 5 EPA State and Federal Regulatory Committee
Systematic Resources Committee, ESA
Weed Science Society of America

University Committee Involvement
2000 Specialty Grains Research Plots Evaluation Team
2002 Crop Protection Technology Conference Committee
Crop Sciences Academic Professional Advisory Committee
Crop Sciences Extension Committee
Crop Systems Development Team
Extension Specialist - Spanish Translation Search Committee
Extension Annual Conference Planning Committee
Grounds Advisory Committee
Horticulture Development Team
IPM Development Team
Public Health IPM Committee
Spanish Landscape Maintenance Workshop Committee
Spanish Language Programming Task Force

Other Committees
Consumer Labeling Initiative Committee
IPM in Schools Subcommittee
Interagency Committee on Pesticides
National Pesticide Certification and Training Advisory Group
Purdue Pest Control Conference Planning Committee
Structural Pest Control Advisory Council
Urban Programs Committee - USEPA
Worker Protection Stakeholders Committee

Appendix B
Summary of Accomplishments

Accomplishment Date
Illinois Pesticide Review Newsletter 6 Issues
Commercial PAT Clinics (28) All Season
WPS Cards Issued (16) All Season
Private PAT Clinics (120) All Year
Commercial PAT Clinic Schedule Printed Sep-00
PAT Office Database and Program Upgrades Sep-00
Private PAT Training Slides and Notes Revision Oct-00
General Standards Workbook Revision Oct-00
General Standards PowerPoint Presentation Revision Oct-00
Internal PAT Website Developed for Training Materials Oct-00
Field Crops Weed Slide Set Revision Nov-00
Grain Facility & Seed Treatment Workbook Revision Dec-00
Fruit Manual Draft Dec-00
Vegetable Manual Draft Dec-00
Demonstration & Research PowerPoint Presentation Revision Dec-00
Ill. Agr. Pest Management Handbook Revision Jan-01
Ill. Comm. Landscape & Turf Pest Man. Hdbk Revision Jan-01
Sewer Root Control Manual Completed Jan-01
E-mail Notification System Created for IPR Newsletter Jan-01
Ornamentals and Turf Workbook Revision Jan-01
Livestock Manual Draft Jan-01
Demonstration & Research Manual Draft Jan-01
Dealer Manual Draft Jan-01
General Standards Bilingual Workbook Revision Feb-01
Pesticide Safety Training for Retail Sales Personnel Mar-01
Flooding & Pesticide Storage Fact Sheet Created Apr-01
Aerial Fly-In Clinic Apr-01
Home, Yard, and Garden Pest Guide Revision May-01
Soil Fumigation Manual Draft Jun-01
Seed Treatment Manual Draft Jun-01
Ornamentals Manual Draft Jun-01