The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA) recently held its annual conference in Albuquerque, N.M., where two awards were presented. The Program Innovation Award and the President’s Award winners were announced.

The TPSA, founded in 2000, is an organization of federal, state and local governmental agencies, educational and research institutions, public organizations, private corporations and individuals that are actively involved in different aspects of pesticide stewardship. The goals of TPSA are to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and longevity of various pesticide stewardship efforts. 

Program Innovation:  Carol Black, Washington State University

Black has focused her efforts to improve the quality and accuracy of personal protective equipment (PPE) labelling and outreach resources for pesticide handlers. There has been a disconnect between exposure studies and risk assessments for inform label language that has resulted in a lack of consistency in PPE recommendations.

Carol Black accepting the award from Ples Spradley, the awards chairman.

Black, with co-workers Anugrah Shaw and Courtney Harned, has developed a path forward for pesticide education programs, registrants, and the EPA to reconsider a system that has been in place for more than 30 years. “Her innovative concept, her passion and courageous approach to this important subject will have a positive impact on pesticide safety education programs throughout North America,” it was noted.

President’s Award:   Allan Hovis, Ph.D., Crop Science, a division of Bayer 

“Allan Hovis has contributed to the growth and success of TPSA through his thoughtful leadership, program development, tireless organizational effort and corporate financial support,” according to the announcement of the award from Mike Kamrath, TPSA immediate past president. His career work has contributed to the continued advancement of global pesticide stewardship.

Whenever asked to assist TPSA, he has gone above and beyond to contribute and provide his expertise having served as a board member, sponsor chair, membership chair and for many years assisted with the annual conference, Kamrath noted. Throughout the years, Hovis has vigorously recruited members, encouraged members to be actively involved and has been a believer and strong supporter of the principles of The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance. 

Go to the TPSA web site for more information. The 2017 Pesticide Stewardship Conference is scheduled for Feb. 7-9, 2017, in San Diego, Calif.