Elizabeth Danielson

Betsy Danielson is an extension specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).

Betsy Danielson
May 16, 2024 9:39 AM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is asking for public comment on Dicamba, Glufosinate-P, and Acephate.

New Use for Dicamba Product

Bayer CropScience has requested the EPA to register a new use of dicamba on dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton.


Pesticide Education
April 23, 2024 7:00 AM

Proper spray nozzle selection plays a key role in effective pesticide applications. There are a lot of useful sprayer nozzle selection guides and even online resources or apps to assist with nozzle selection. 

One additional new resource applicators may find useful is a new Purdue...

Pesticide Education
April 19, 2024 8:41 AM

Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) is your first line of defense against pesticide exposure. PPE includes  items such as gloves, coveralls, aprons, and respirators. Generally, as the toxicity of a pesticide increases, the more PPE items there are required.

Read the Label

Pesticide Education
April 10, 2024 9:22 AM

read the labelIt is important to read and follow all label instructions before applying a pesticide to...

Pesticide Education
March 12, 2024 10:24 AM

Recent court cases have brought changes to two pesticides with agricultural uses.

Chlorpyrifos legal for 2024

In late 2023, the Eighth Circuit court rejected the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2021 Final Rule revoking all food tolerances for the organophosphate...

Crop Production, Pesticide Education
January 3, 2024 8:21 AM

To maintain your private pesticide applicator certification, you must either pass an exam every three years or attend an approved Private Continuing Instruction Course (P-CIC) between December 1 and April 15 each year your certification card covers.

In-Person Training

The best...

Pesticide Education
May 18, 2022 9:06 AM

When a pesticide application moves beyond the application site to a place it’s not wanted – known as pesticide drift – it can cause damage to acreages, gardens, and landscape plants. Pesticide drift can occur virtually anywhere – in rural areas, towns, and cities.

Are You Sure It’...

Pesticide Education
May 4, 2022 3:41 PM

When selecting a pesticide, make sure you read the label to ensure that you have the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needed...

Pesticide Education
April 5, 2022 2:17 PM

This is the final article in a 3-part series for private pesticide applicators.  Part 1 focused on remaining continuing instruction courses to maintain...

Pesticide Education
August 9, 2021 8:25 AM

A new Aerial Application Manual (CS 26) is now available for individuals planning to take the aerial applicator exam to become certified or renew their certification. This manual will assist aerial applicators and aerial applicator consultants in preparing to take the commercial pesticide...

Pesticide Education
July 16, 2021 10:17 AM

If you have experienced a suspected dicamba incident contact the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) at 515-281-8591 to file a report. You may file an “Incident Report” or a “Documentary Report” with the IDALS Pesticide Bureau. 

Reporting dicamba incidents helps...

Pesticide Education
July 15, 2019 7:41 AM

The Disposal module within the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship website was recently revised and expanded. The new version, available at https://pesticidestewardship.org/disposal/, has additional content on disposal options for excess...

Pesticide Education
May 9, 2019 7:24 AM

According to a recent State Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act Issues Research and Evaluation Group (...

Pesticide Education
April 15, 2019 7:59 AM

Under the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) as revised in 2015, there are specific requirements for handlers when pesticide labels require the use of a respirator. Handlers are employees, owners, and family members who apply, load, unload, rinse pesticide application equipment or do other tasks...

Pesticide Education
January 25, 2019 1:32 PM

Under the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) as revised in 2015, agricultural workers and pesticide handlers must be trained annually in pesticide safety.

Who needs to be trained?

Both agricultural workers (people employed to perform work activities related to the...

Pesticide Education
September 26, 2018 11:04 AM

WPS train the trainer imageA web-based national Worker Protection Standard (WPS) course to qualify trainers to train both workers and handlers is now...

Pesticide Education
March 1, 2018 2:58 PM

A collection of educational resources to help people on farms, orchards, forests, and other agricultural establishments comply with EPA’s revised Worker Protection Standard (WPS) regulation is now available online at http://pesticideresources.org/wps...

Pesticide Education