Precarious state of pesticide safety education
Earlier today, WSSA released a technical paper on PSEP that addresses its history, goals and funding. The paper also discusses proposed ideas for ensuring more stable financial resources for PSEP in the future. Examples include:
- Allocating additional dollars from federal and state pesticide product registration fees to cover education on the proper use of pesticides.
- Pursuing grants from pesticide companies, commodity groups, conservation groups and others with an interest in pesticide safety education.
- Changing policies, regulations and statutes to better support funding. For example, most states direct fines for improper use of pesticides into their general funds. These dollars would be an especially appropriate source of support for pesticide safety education.
“There is no one solution to the increasingly precarious state of the Pesticide Safety Education Program,” Van Wychen says. “A grassroots effort is needed by stakeholders at the state and national level to overcome policy and regulatory impediments and to ensure the program’s sustainability and focus.”
The WSSA technical paper on pesticide safety education is available on the WSSA Web site: View the technical paper.