Wednesday, January 30, 2019

National Pesticide Safety Education Month Provides Important Opportunities to Promote Safe Use

The second annual National Pesticide Safety Education Month gets underway February 1st, to reinforce core principles of safe handling and use and to raise awareness of and support for the land-grant university Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEPs).

“PSEPs and their partners in Extension play the key role in public-sector education of certified applicators and the general public,” says Frannie Miller, Kansas PSEP. “County agents are often a major partner in advancing PSEP educational curriculum with private applicators who apply restricted-use and general pesticides,” adds Kim Brown, Louisiana PSEP. 

“Most safe use principles taught to certify and re-certify pesticide applicators apply to pesticide products used on the farm, ranch and around the home,” notes Mike Wierda, Utah PSEP. "Integrated Pest Management programs depend on the information provided by pesticide safety education to ensure that critical consideration is given to human and environmental health when incorporating chemical controls,” concludes Kerry Bernard, Maine PSEP.

Visit the National Pesticide Safety Education Month webpage to review basic pesticide safety principles and more. Everyone is invited to share the link with others to promote safe use of pesticides and your state’s Pesticide Safety Education Program.

Friday, January 25, 2019

NACAA Committee Leadership Opportunities For YOU!


When you read through the Special Edition of The County Agent, it is obvious that committee work and related activities is the essence of what it takes to achieve NACAA’s mission. Historically NACAA has been fortunate to have committed, hard working members fill those leadership positions. This year as every year, there is an opportunity for members to expand and share their leadership and professional improvement skills by applying for committee positions that are open. Becoming active in the NACAA committee structure will provide you with a wealth of both professional and personal growth. Give serious consideration to any of the state and national committee positions that are available.

Application/nominations are currently being accepted thru March 1, 2019

You can view the committee openings (by region and committee) on page 28 of the December, 2018 edition of The County Agent magazine found at:  County Agent Magazine

The application (once logged into the website) can be found under the Leadership Heading on the homepage - then select the subhead Committees - and at the bottom of that page you'll find the listing -
The opportunities are waiting for YOU!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

National Extension Evaluation Conference

Join us for the 2019 National Extension Evaluation Conference (NEEC), a conference designed for Extension professionals who are looking to increase their local Extension program’s evaluation capacity and impact!

March 12-14
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista 1751 Hotel Plaza Blvd Lake Buena Vista, FL

Early-bird registration: thru - February 1 $400
Standard registration: February 2 - March 1 $450
On-site registration: $500

Dr. Matt Benge
(352) 294-1996

Registration Link:

UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural Education and Communication

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

December 2018 Edition of The County Agent now available

The December 2018 edition of The County Agent is now available at

For those of you who requested a printed version - they were mailed 1/4/19 and should be arriving soon!