Pesticide Safety Education

Program Leader: Candace Bartholomew

Turf and Ornamental Short Course

This Short Course is an in depth review of the information necessary for studying and fulfilling the requirements of the Ornamental and Turf/Golf Course Superintendents State of Connecticut Supervisory Pesticide Applicator Certification exam. A student completing all the modules, working through the quizzes, and studying resources materials independently should be able to successfully pass the examination, both written and oral state exam. Class topics are: Pesticide Laws and Regulations, Pesticide Safety, Botany and Ornamental Identification, Plant Pathology and Ornamental Plant Diseases, Entomology and Insect Pests of Woody Ornamentals, Area and Dosage Calculations, Turf Management and Weed Management. Each class begins with a basic overview of the science then takes an in-depth look at specific pests, their biology and control. We have developed the course into 8 modules. Instructors included: Victoria Wallace, Abby Beissinger, Rob Durgy (CT Agricultural Experiment Station), Candace Bartholomew.

Other Outreach

IPM team members provided pesticide safety education and pesticide updates at the UConn Vegetable and Small Fruit Conference, UConn’s Cut Flower Growers Workshop, CT Nursery & Landscape winter conference, Beginning Farmer Solid Ground trainings, MA Cultivated Blueberry Association workshop, UConn Turf Field day, Hemp Growers conference, one-on-one site visits, phone calls, text messages, newsletters, and factsheets.