Catherine H. Daniels
A technology that is fairly new to academia—tagging—is easy to do, inexpensive, and guaranteed to expand the range of ways you communicate with your clients. Tags, readable by smartphones, can open web pages, play videos, display pictures and PDFs, provide your contact information, or even dial phone numbers. Software to create and manage tags is available and for one system, is free. This article discusses one program in detail, including how to get started, possible PSEP program applications, and ways to track and create reports on client access.Full Text: 54-306-1-PB.pdf
David L Stone, Kaci J Buhl, Jennifer Gervais, Bryan Luukinen
The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) specializes in providing risk communication about pesticides through a call center and through online fact sheets. Here, we discuss our process for developing fact sheets for pesticide active ingredients based on our experience in responding to questions and concerns from across the United States. Issues are presented that include: 1) addressing the scope, design and review of informational materials; 2) targeting content for general and technical audiences; and 3) branding NPIC as a recognizable source of objective pesticide information.Full Text: 53-281-1-PB.pdf
Doug Young, Carol A. Ramsay
Through an email survey, the authors estimate the annual value of certified applicator training programs range from $6,787 (initial certification) to $13,366 (recertification) per trainee. When trainee economic benefits were compared to program costs, the most conservative benefit to cost ratio is 20:1. Extrapolation to training provided by other Washington State University Extension faculty resulted in a 14:1 ratio. These high benefit to cost ratios provide strong justification for continuing certified pesticide applicator training. Survey respondents overwhelmingly reported that training had improved their personal safety, helped protect the environment and increased their awareness of, and compliance with pesticide regulations.Full Text: 57-311-1-PB.pdf
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