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Navigating a new job as a Pesticide Safety Education Program Coordinator (Navegando por un nuevo trabajo como coordinador del programa de educación sobre seguridad de plaguicidas)

Navigating a new job as a Pesticide Safety Education Program Coordinator (Navegando por un nuevo trabajo como coordinador del programa de educación sobre seguridad de plaguicidas)

*Presented in English with simultaneous translation available in Spanish*
*Presentado en inglés con traducción simultánea disponible en español*

Starting a new position can be difficult and there is typically a steep learning curve. It is often challenging to find the resources you need, the right people to connect with, and to navigate the throes of a program that impacts an entire state or territory. New Pesticide Safety Coordinators Sam Polly and Jennifer Weisbrod team up to share lessons learned during their first months on the job. They will briefly discuss their positions and how their state’s programs are managed.  They will share their experiences during the first year as well as discuss why the pesticide safety education industry must play a vital role in sustaining agriculture through an increasingly difficult social climate. The webinar will conclude with a brief description of what to do the first day, first week, first month, and first year as a PSEP coordinator.

This webinar is intended for PSEPs, Industry, Pesticide State Lead Agencies

Webinar attendees will:

  • Learn more about the pesticide safety education program.
  • Develop an understanding of how states differ in trainings
  • Hear a well-rounded, inter-agency description of what PSEP coordinators need in their first year as well as who PSEPs should connect with
  • Collaborate with other PSEPs, groups and agencies
  • Industry and applicators will learn how other states manage their training programs
  • Provide opportunity for PSEPs to learn what industry and applicators expect from coordinators


Comenzar una nueva posición puede ser difícil y, por lo general, hay una curva de aprendizaje empinada. A menudo, es un desafío encontrar los recursos que necesita, las personas adecuadas con las que conectarse y navegar por la agonía de un programa que afecta a todo un estado o territorio. Los nuevos coordinadores de seguridad de pesticidas Sam Polly y Jennifer Weisbrod se unen para compartir las lecciones aprendidas durante sus primeros meses en el trabajo. Discutirán brevemente sus posiciones y cómo se administran los programas de su estado. Ellos compartirán sus experiencias durante el primer año y discutirán por qué la industria de educación en seguridad de pesticidas debe jugar un papel vital en el sostenimiento de la agricultura a través de un clima social cada vez más difícil. El seminario web concluirá con una breve descripción de qué hacer el primer día, la primera semana, el primer mes y el primer año como coordinador de PSEP.

Este seminario web está destinado a los PSEP, la industria, las agencias líderes estatales de pesticidas.

Las asistentes al seminario:

  • Aprenda más sobre el programa de educación sobre seguridad de pesticidas.
  • Desarrollar una comprensión de cómo los estados difieren en los entrenamientos.
  • Escuche una descripción integral e interinstitucional de lo que necesitan los coordinadores de PSEP en su primer año, así como con quién deben conectarse los PSEP.
  • Colaborar con otros PSEP, grupos y agencias
  • La industria y los aplicadores aprenderán cómo otros estados administran sus programas de capacitación.
  • Brindar la oportunidad a los PSEP de aprender lo que la industria y los aplicadores esperan de los coordinadores.


SPEAKERS/PONENTES:

Sam Polly is a native of the Redwood Belt in coastal Northern California. The son of a high school agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, Sam’s family is involved in agriculture production, with family and friends in beef, dairy, walnuts, citrus, apples, blueberries, and exotic game birds. Sam holds a BS in Soil Science and an MS in Agriculture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. As a plant health care specialist, Sam utilized his ISA certified arborist and California Qualified Pesticide Applicator training in the fast-paced, high-scrutiny San Francisco Bay Area. His pesticide experience have spanned agriculture, landscape, interiorscape, and right-of-way, including rodenticides, insecticides, acaricides, fungicides, herbicides, and plant growth regulators. During his time in the Bay Area, Sam effectively maintained plant health at high-profile settings such as Stanford University, Sony, Hewlett-Packard, San Francisco City Hall, City of Palo Alto, and countless others. Sam also taught college soil science for four years.

In recent years Sam worked in his hometown as an environmental consultant, helping California and Oregon businesses, schools, cities, and landowners navigate the sea of environmental regulations, particularly those related to water quality and wetland compliance. In this role, Sam served as an expert witness in multiple Clean Water Act lawsuits and state agency Notices of Violation, where he employed his expertise to resolve unfounded legal and enforcement actions against farmers and industrial facilities. One of his keystone projects was rescuing the stalled habitat restoration project during the final hour of the world’s most successful nuclear power plant decommissioning project. Sam is excited to use his vast experience in service to the state of Missouri.

Sam Polly es un nativo de Redwood Belt en la costa del norte de California. Hijo de un maestro de agricultura de secundaria y asesor de la FFA, la familia de Sam está involucrada en la producción agrícola, con familiares y amigos en la carne de res, lácteos, nueces, cítricos, manzanas, arándanos y aves exóticas de caza. Sam tiene una licenciatura en ciencias del suelo y una maestría en agricultura de la Universidad Estatal Politécnica de California, San Luis Obispo. Como especialista en el cuidado de la salud de las plantas, Sam utilizó su capacitación como arbolista certificado por la ISA y aplicador de pesticidas calificado de California en el área de la Bahía de San Francisco, de ritmo rápido y riguroso. Su experiencia en pesticidas ha abarcado la agricultura, el paisaje, el paisaje interior y el derecho de paso, incluidos raticidas, insecticidas, acaricidas, fungicidas, herbicidas y reguladores del crecimiento de las plantas. Durante su tiempo en el Área de la Bahía, Sam mantuvo efectivamente la salud de las plantas en entornos de alto perfil como la Universidad de Stanford, Sony, Hewlett-Packard, el Ayuntamiento de San Francisco, la ciudad de Palo Alto y muchos otros. Sam también enseñó ciencias del suelo en la universidad durante cuatro años.

En los últimos años, Sam trabajó en su ciudad natal como consultor ambiental, ayudando a empresas, escuelas, ciudades y terratenientes de California y Oregón a navegar por el mar de regulaciones ambientales, particularmente con la calidad del agua y el cumplimiento de los humedales. En este cargo, Sam se desempeñó como testigo experto en múltiples demandas de la Ley de Agua Limpia y Avisos de Violación de agencias estatales, donde empleó su experiencia para resolver acciones legales y de cumplimiento infundadas contra agricultores e instalaciones industriales. Uno de sus proyectos clave fue rescatar el proyecto de restauración del hábitat estancado durante la hora final del proyecto de desmantelamiento de plantas de energía nuclear más exitoso del mundo. Sam está emocionado de servir al estado de Missouri con su experiencia y entusiasmo.



Jennifer Weisbrod is the new Pesticide Safety Education Program Coordinator for the state of Nebraska. She began serving in this role in January of 2021, succeeding Clyde Ogg. Previously, Jennifer was a graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research focused on pesticides and pollinators, specifically honey bees. Prior to graduate school, she was a zookeeper in Kansas focusing on conservation programs. She also worked as a naturalist at a state park, providing outdoor education to the general public. Her goals as a new PSEP is to build trust in the farming community and the general public about agriculture, while protecting applicators, their families, and the environment.

Jennifer Weisbrod es el nuevo Coordinador del Programa de Educación sobre Seguridad de Pesticidas para el estado de Nebraska. Comenzó a desempeñar este cargo en enero de 2021. Sucede a Clyde Ogg en este cargo. Anteriormente, Jennifer fue estudiante de posgrado en la Universidad de Nebraska-Lincoln. Su investigación se centró en pesticidas y polinizadores, específicamente en las abejas melíferas. Antes de terminar sus estudios de posgrado, fue encargada del zoológico y se centró en programas de conservación en Kansas. También trabajó como naturalista en un parque estatal, brindando educación al aire libre para el público en general. Su objetivo como nueva PSEP es generar confianza en la comunidad agrícola y el público en general sobre la agricultura, al mismo tiempo que protege a los aplicadores, sus familias y el medio ambiente de daños.



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This webinar is free of charge and open to all extension educators, regulators, agencies and centers, clinicians, industry, commodity groups and other organizations interested in the topic. The webinar will be recorded and posted on www.pactmeeting.us along with all other resource materials.


Part of the Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training (PACT) webinar series. The 2020 PACT biennial meeting funded through a Cooperative Agreement between Michigan State University (MSU) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19.

The PACT Planning Committee did a great job developing a comprehensive and engaging agenda with several topics that are extremely relevant to COVID-19. As a result, the MSU–EPA Cooperative Agreement will be delivering a series of webinars based on PACT topics over this next year. This provides a unique opportunity for extension educators and other stakeholders to gain knowledge and benefit from the robust agenda developed by the Planning Committee.

The goal of PACT is to improve implementation of Certification of Pesticide Applicators Rule (40CFR171) and the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Revision (40 CFR170) by state and tribal pesticide programs. This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement X8-83927401 to Michigan State University. Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) and the National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC) are sub-awardees on the grant.

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