What Sponsorship Means

National Pesticide Safety Education Month

‘Adopt-A-PSEP’ Sponsors promote public-sector education of any audience(s) of pesticide users (agriculture, specialty crops, consumer uses, etc.) by land-grant university Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEPs) through gifts:

Diamond         $5000 to four or more PSEPs
Platinum         $5000 to three PSEPs
Gold                  $5000 to two PSEPs
Silver                $5000 to one PSEP
Bronze             $1000-$4000 non-cash contribution to one PSEP
Examples of non-cash contributions: meeting rooms, food, personal protective equipment

Government Sponsors recognize the importance of public-sector education of pesticide users by land-grant university Pesticide Safety Education Programs.

Download the ‘Adopt-A-PSEP’ or the Government Sponsorship Form for your use.

Some Examples of Planned Use of ‘Adopt-A-PSEP’ Funds*…

  • Purchased tools to demonstrate their use to applicators in workshops or through videos – Spot on Sprayer Calibrator, Temperature Inversion Tester and Nozzle Spray Tip Kit for cleaning/maintaining nozzles
  • Partially funded the PSEP’s first online course for reaching pesticide applicators in remote parts of the state
  • Used to produce a pesticide recertification video that was distributed to all county extension offices to train applicators unable to attend in-person trainings
  • Partially funded four pesticide respirator fit testing train-the-trainer workshops attended by 275 participants
  • Educated applicators on best practices to avoid drift
  • Funded the printing of the state’s core pesticide safety education manual to train new commercial and private applicators who are unable to access it on-line
  • Purchased software and supplies needed to start using bar codes at pesticide recertification events to streamline data-entry and speed-up the official assignment of credits to participating applicators for seminars attended
  • Partially funded the production of videos for the private applicator recertification program
  • Flashcards for turf maintenance professionals to use to prepare for the pesticide applicator certification exam as well as a resource to help explain to customers the pest identification, biology and control measures taken, including color pest photos and associated IPM strategies
  • Covered increased costs of storage, shipping, and webstore for the large quantities of training manuals and workbooks used during training
  • Trained applicators on PPE requirements to avoid personal harm, first aid instructions on the label, and how to be prepared for a spill, including actual cases where applicators have adversely affected customers by not following label directions and how pesticides can affect fish, birds and bees
  • Used part of the funds for American sign language interpreters for the two-day pesticide exam prep course
  • Increased the education and marketing budget for the four large pesticide workshops throughout the state, increasing enrollment and enabling printing of Pesticide Applicator Training Extension Guides for attendees
  • Developed an online mosquito control study guide which now provides money to the program to make it sustainable
  • Developed credit card-like cards for different calibration methods (farm, turf, ornamentals) plus a weights and measures card for how to calculate application areas
  • Funded educational handouts for in-person training of applicators – how to choose nozzles and read nozzle charts, record-keeping, and inversions

*Subject to revision due to Covid.