Understanding the language of pesticides and environmental stewardship is critical to understanding the pages presented on this site. To assist you we have accumulated two easy to use lists of the terms and acronyms used in these and in other publications. The terms and acronyms, like individual stewardship practices, do not stand alone but work together and provide a framework of thinking about stewardship as a crucial component of pesticide use and pest management. There are also terms, though not directly related to stewardship, which will help you learn the language regarding agricultural practices, pesticides, and key government regulations.
Acronyms shorten long descriptive terms into mnemonic units. A major factor in the trend toward speaking acronyms is that of economy. Acronyms are formed by a process or result of representing a word or group of words by a shorter form of the word or phrase. The Acronyms list contains those that are commonly used by professionals and scientists working with stewardship and pesticides.
The Terms list defines in non-technical language the more commonly used pesticide and environmental terms that appear in University and Government and other publications. The terms used in this list were derived largely from EPA libraries or scientific/technical reference documents.