Cheryl Alberts - Pesticide Safety Education Program Project Coordinator

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Lincoln NE 68583-0971
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Spraying a field
Figure 1. Thoroughly cleaning a sprayer after pesticide application is necessary to avoid potential off-target contamination. Just one drop of dicamba can cause visible injury to three acres of crops.

Think Your Sprayer's Clean? Think Again June 6, 2018

A 120-foot sprayer can have as many as 96 nozzles and screens and stow away as much as 15 gallons of pesticide residue in its nooks and crannies after an application is done. Consider these tips for thoroughly cleaning your sprayer to avoid off-target contamination.

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Screen capture from AEZ video

Know Your AEZ and Stop Spraying When Someone is In It April 25, 2018

EPA's new Application Exclusion Zone requirement was designed to protect people from pesticides being applied either on the ground or aerially, either alone or with another product such as fertilizer. This story and video show how to meet the requirement.

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Body Exposure Points and Personal Protective Equipment

Proper PPE Prevents Pesticide Exposure April 25, 2018

Besides using common sense, perhaps an applicator’s most important protection is wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Here's an illustrated guide as to what to wear and exposure risk for various body areas.

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Grain bins

Webinars Target How You Can Prevent Grain Engulfment April 5, 2018

In 5 seconds, you can become engulfed by flowing grain. In 60 seconds, you can become submerged. Next week take a lunch hour (or three) to learn how you and those you work with can stay safe when working in enclosed spaces and with stored grain. The webinar series is being offered by ag safety organizations as part of Stand Up for Engulfment Prevention Week April 9-13.

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Sample of 2018 commercial pesticide applicator card

Nebraska Extension Offers 2018 Training for Commercial, Noncommercial Pesticide Applicators December 13, 2017

Training will be offered January-April for Nebraska's commercial and noncommercial pesticide applicators seeking first-time certification or recertification of their license to buy or use restricted use pesticides in 2018. Find a site near you.

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Sample private pesticide applicator certification card for 2018

Resistance, Safety are Key Topics in Private Pesticide Applicator Training December 13, 2017

Private pesticide applicators holding licenses that expire in 2018, as well as anyone seeking first-time private applicator certification, can contact their local Nebraska Extension office for information on pesticide safety education training sessions. About 200 statewide sessions will be held January-April.

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Mosquito on skin
Figure 1. Manage mosquitoes to protect your health.

Manage Standing Water to Reduce Mosquito Disease Threat June 23, 2017

Managing the potential for mosquito breeding and populations on your farm can help protect you and your family from a number of diseases, including West Nile Virus. An entomologist offers information on mosquitoes and recommendations for reducing your risk.

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Clyde Ogg, coordinator of the Pesticide Safety Education Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, helps load cleaned pesticide containers for transportation to a recycling facility. (File photo: Pesticide Safety Education Program)