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Spray Safe Training



MARCH 20, 2018




I.            Registration (7:30–8:30 a.m.)

II.            Opening Session (8:30–8:55 a.m.)

1.      Welcoming Remarks and Introductions — Brian Benchwick, Chairman, Ventura County Spray Safe Planning Committee

2.      Ventura County Spray Safe Overview — John Krist, Chief Executive Officer, Farm Bureau of Ventura County

3.      The Importance and Value of Compliance — Eric Lauritzen, Policy Advisor, California Department of Pesticide Regulation 

III.            Morning Speakers (8:55–10:10 a.m.)

  1. How Water Quality Regulations Address Pesticide Use and Safety— Jenny Newman, TMDL Unit Chief, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board
  2. Understanding the Pesticide Registration Process — Debbie Stubbs, Regulatory Product Manager, Syngenta Crop Protection
  3. Protecting Schools Near Farms — Colleen Robertson, Principal, Somis School


IV.            Station Training Sessions(10:15 – 11:50 a.m.) Attendees will be divided into four groups, which will rotate through the stations, with 20 minutes per station and 5 minutes of move time per rotation.

1.      Improving Water Quality Through Pesticide BMPs — Nancy Broschart, Farm Bureau

2.      Drift Avoidance and Safety — Kevin Miskel, Aspen Helicopters; Danny Pereira, Rio Farms

3.      Spray Rig Calibration — Marianna Castiaux, California Strawberry Commission

4.      Field Inspection and Worker Safety Compliance — County Agricultural Commissioner


V.            Buffet Lunch (11:50 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.) — Marshall's Bodacious BBQ


VI.            Closing Session (12:45 – 1:30 p.m.)

1.      Speaker Introductions — Brian Benchwick

2.      Statewide Regulatory Perspectives and Issues — Brian Leahy, Director, California Department of Pesticide Regulation

3.      Closing Remarks — William Terry, Vegetable Grower, Terry Farms


Attendance is free, but advance registration is

required. Fax (805) 987-3874 or email


Posted on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 12:51 PM
Tags: IPM (2), pesticticides (1), spray (1), training (6), worker safety (1)

Pesticide Safety Program Coming

Spray Safe registration opens

Registration is now open for the sixth Ventura County Spray Safe event. This year's keynote speaker will be Brian Leahy, director of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

The event will be on Tuesday, March 20, in the Agriculture Building (Santa Cruz Hall) at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura.


7:30-8:30 a.m.: Registration

8:30-11:50 a.m.: Presentations

11:50 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Lunch (provided)

12:45-1:30 p.m.: Speakers

Spray Safe is intended to prevent pesticide-exposure incidents and improve communication among growers, agricultural chemical applicators and farm employees. Originally developed by a coalition of farmers, pest control advisers, applicators and labor contractors concerned about drift incidents in Kern County, the program is being embraced by growers throughout California as a way of better protecting the health and safety of farmers, field crews and neighboring residents.

Since our inaugural Ventura County event in 2009, the program has grown steadily in popularity, more than 500 people attending each of the subsequent sessions. Attendees learn about pesticide safety, application technology, regulatory issues and other topics during a half-day program of guest speakers, demonstrations and breakout sessions. Simultaneous Spanish translation will be provided.

The event is free, but advance registration is required. To register, you must download the form here, fill it out, and fax it to (805) 987-3874, or email it to The deadline is Tuesday, March 6.

The Spray Safe planning committee could not make this event happen without the financial support of Ventura County's agricultural community. To offset the approximately $20,000 it costs to conduct each event, we rely on the generosity of farm owners, pesticide applicators and advisors, supplier representatives, and anyone concerned about the industry's future.


Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 6:11 AM
Tags: pesticide (1), safety (2), training (6)

Pesticide Training - Seguirdad de Pesticidas

(Español abajo)

Registration is now open for Spring 2018 Pesticide Safety Instructor Training workshops

UC IPM is partnering with AgSafe to offer up-to-date instructor training programs that are approved and partly funded by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). Updates to the Federal Worker Protection Standard (WPS) that will have the most impact on California pesticide users include:

  • Annual pesticide safety training for all fieldworkers
  • Instructors in agriculture must attend an updated and approved Train-the-Trainer course, and
  • Expanded training content for fieldworkers and pesticide handlers

Upcoming southern California training dates and locations:

February 21, 2018

This class will be conducted in ENGLISH

Santa Paula
February 23, 2018

This class will be conducted in SPANISH

San Diego 
March 20, 2018
This class will be conducted in SPANISH

Participants who complete this training will become qualified to provide pesticide safety training to fieldworkers and pesticide handlers, as required by California state regulations and the revised Federal Worker Protection Standard (WPS). Visit the workshop website for specific date/location information and to register. Spring 2018 Pesticide Safety Instructor Workshops


(English above)

Se Abrió la Registración para 2018 Capacitaciones de Instructores de Seguridad de Pesticidas

UC IPM en conjunto con AgSafe ofrece un programa actualizado de capacitación para instructores que es aprobado y co-patrocinado por el Departamento de Regulaciones de Pesticidas de California (DPR). Las actualizaciones en el Estándar de Protección del Trabajador (WPS) que tendrán más impacto sobre los que se usan pesticidas en California incluyen:

  • Entrenamiento anual de seguridad de pesticidas para los trabajadores
  • Instructores en agricultura deben asistir a un curso actualizado y aprobado (Entrenamiento de Entrenadores), y
  • Contenido de capacitación ampliado para trabajadores de campo y manipuladores de pesticidas

Próximas fechas y localidades en el sur de California:

21 de febrero 2018

Esta clase será en INGLÉS

Santa Paula
23 de febrero 2018

Esta clase será en ESPAÑOL

San Diego 
20 de marzo 2018
Esta clase será en ESPAÑOL

Los participantes en este programa serán calificados para entrenar a los trabajadores de campo y a los manipuladores de pesticidas, como es requerido por las regulaciones del estado de California, he incluso el Estándar de Protección del Trabajador revisado por EPA.

Visite el sitio web de capacitaciones para obtener información sobre fechas/localidades y para inscribirse. 2018 Capacitaciones de Instructores de Seguridad de Pesticidas


Thank you, Gracias,

Pesticide Safety Education Program Team

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 6:55 AM
  • Author: Lisa Blecker
Tags: espagnol (1), pesticides (1), safety (2), spanish (1), training (6)

Ag Supervisor Training


Attention agricultural employers!

Give your front-line supervisors the training and skills they need!

As a business owner, you know the importance of a skilled, reliable and well-managed work force. You also know how important it is to ensure that your operation complies with state and federal labor laws, and that it maintains a reputation as a fair and supportive place to work. Success depends on making sure your entire leadership team - from the executive office to the production field - shares your commitment to these principles and has the skills to translate that commitment into effective action.

The Agriculture Supervisor Leadership Development Program, offered at Ventura College, is designed to help you extend your company's values into the field. It is intended for employees whose primary responsibility is the direct supervision of agricultural workers, or who have the  potential to become front-line supervisors.

Application deadline is Sept 30, 2017. Enrollment is limited due to space. Applications generally will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Employers are expected to select potential students, submit applications on their behalf, and pay the $600 course fee for each.

For a more complete description of the program, including links to the online application form, go to Employers interested in taking advantage of this opportunity are invited to an informational meeting at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, in the conference room at Farm Bureau of Ventura County, 5156 McGrath St., Ventura. For more information, contact Annika Forester at or (805) 640-2525.

Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 6:52 PM
Tags: leadership (1), training (6)

Online IPM Training for PCAs and Growers Which Can Earn Continuing Education Credits

Statewide IPM Program staff members work closely with area IPM advisors, farm advisors, specialists, and researchers to develop educational programs that reflect the newest advances in pest management.

These online courses are FREE. Additional training materials, including videos, DVDs, books, and leaflets, are available in the Publications section. Check the Workshops & Events page for in-person presentations and hands-on training opportunities. Many of these training materials can gain Continuing Education Credits through, such organization as the Department of Pesticide Regulation, the Structural Pest Control Board or provide a Certificate of Completion from the University of California.

All of UC IPM's current online training courses can be found here:

More training courses are planned in the future.

In addition to the courses, a number of videos have been created over the years, most of which are short and posted on UC IPM's YouTube channel


You can also find these plus additional videos organized by Ag, Urban, and Spanish on the video library on our web site

The videos don't allow for CEUs, but they can be useful as part of training and learning activities.

Posted on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 12:05 PM

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