Pesticide Safety Education Program
Ohio State University Extension
phone: (614) 292-4070
fax: (614) 247-8127
Pesticide training, safety and education are just some of the programs involved with the Pesticide Safety Education Program, a part of Ohio State University Extension. The program is involved with the training of 30,000 licensed pesticide applicators in Ohio. The Pesticide Safety Education Program provides recertification training conferences, new applicator training workshops, train-the-trainer programs, training manuals and more.
The staff works year round to update training materials as well as plan meetings and conferences related to pesticide application. Web-based information and manuals are also used. An important part of the training is stressing the safeguards for both health and the environment while handling pesticides.
The Pesticide Safety Education Program works closely with specialists, agencies and organizations to provide pesticide education materials and information to educators, applicators, regulators, extension staff and researchers. The program also looks to improve practices to protect humans and the environment by providing educational programs on Integrated Pest Management concepts, pesticide use, laws and regulations, and environmental stewardship which will enhance the decision-making of our audiences.
Mary Ann Rose, Program Director
Mary Ann Rose holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Horticulture from Penn State University. Throughout her career she has served as a Landscape and Nursery Specialist for The Ohio State University, Research Scientist for TruGreen ChemLawn and consultant to the agrichemical industry. In July, 2013, Mary Ann began as Director of the Pesticide Safety Education Program. She oversees the program that provides recertification conferences, new applicator schools, print, and web-based information for the 30,000 licensed applicators in the State of Ohio. Email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cindy Folck, Program Manager
Cindy Folck has been with the program since 2000 and is involved with writing and design of applicator study materials (print and digital), website design and organization, and conference planning. She also works with curriculum and material development for private and commercial applicators. Before working for OSU, Cindy was in public relations, marketing, and education for several livestock, commodity, and agricultural groups. She has a M.S. in agriculture communication from The Ohio State University and a B.S. in agriculture communication from Michigan State University. Email at: email@example.com