Progress 09/01/11 to 08/31/12
OUTPUTS: The University of Wisconsin Pesticide Applicator Training Program Safety Education Program, also known as the Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) Program is a Federally Mandated Program through the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. The state of Wisconsin, as part compliance to FIFRA and its own pesticide law, requires pesticide applicators to be certified to apply pesticides. This certification is an indication of competence to apply the pesticide as safely and effectively as possible. An applicator must become recertified every five years. There is approximately 30,000 certified pesticide applicators in the state of Wisconsin. The PAT program works in a partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (WDATCP). It is the role of the University of Wisconsin's PAT Program to provide the training and training materials to the applicators of Wisconsin and it is WDATCP's role to administer the testing for certification. The PAT program accomplishes this by providing the manuals; DVD's and in-person live training workshops within the state. It trains and distributes training materials to commercial applicators and coordinates and provides training materials to county extension offices for the private applicators. The county extension team distributes the private applicators manual, provides live training and administers the certification exams. PARTICIPANTS: Vince Davis, Assistant professor, cropping systems, weed science extension specialist (Faculty Advisor). Glenn Nice, Pesticide Applicator Training Program Manager. Steve Tomasko, Outreach Specialist. Ellen Anlauf, Office Administrator. Mike Murray, Pesticide Program Manager, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. TARGET AUDIENCES: The Pesticide Applicator Training Program provides the training materials for commercial and private pesticide applicators to become certified in Wisconsin. This certification (training) process is implemented to reduce the risks of pesticide use within the state. The target audience is the pesticide applicators that work for the pest control industry within the state and the individuals that use pesticides in the production of an agricultural commodity. PROJECT MODIFICATIONS: Nothing significant to report during this reporting period.
The PAT program provides training manuals for 13 commercial, three private categories and three subcategories. In the reporting period the PAT program put 5,163 commercial applicators and 1,738 private applicators through the training program, distributing 6,901 manuals, 457 DVD study aids and 159 tutorial cd's. In the reporting period five manuals were updated. The PAT program held 17 training sessions at nine locations around the state having 1,217 in attendance. The PAT program coordinates and provided training materials for 69 county extension offices.
- Sewer Line Root Control. 2012. Second ed. Steve Tomasko and Roger Flashinski.
- Space & Commodity Fumigation. 2012 Seventh ed. Steve Tomasko, Roger Flashinski.
- Structural. 2012. Seventh ed. Steve Tomasko, Roger Flashinski, Phil Pellitteri and David Drake.
- Termite Control. 2012. Fith ed. Steve Tomasko, Roger Flashinski and Phil Pellitteri.
- Wood Preservation. 2012. Sixth ed. Steve Tomasko and Roger Flashinski.
- Cranberry Pest Management in Wisconsin. 2012, Patricia Mc Manus, Jed Calquhoun, R.Chris Williamson and Glenn Nice. A3276