Stanislaus County Pilot Pesticide Notification System - Grayson Community
The Stanislaus County Agricultural Commissioner, in voluntary partnership with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), is participating in a pilot program to support DPR’s development of a statewide pesticide application notification system. The Statewide system is being designed to help provide transparent and equitable access to information regarding pesticide applications near where people live, work, and play, so that the public has the opportunity to know and make their own decisions and take additional personal precautions. The Stanislaus Notification System Pilot will provide notifications to the community of Grayson and is expected to launch in April 2022.
Pesticide Regulation in California
California has the most robust state pesticide regulatory program in the nation. Pesticide products and labels are evaluated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) to determine their safety and efficacy. Laws and regulations are in place to ensure the safety of pesticide applicators, fieldworkers, the public, and the environment, through the coordinated regulatory programs overseen by both the US EPA and CDPR. The laws and regulations are enforced locally in California by County Agricultural Commissioners and their inspectors, who are licensed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).
Pesticides are used in agricultural, industrial, public, and home use settings to aid in the control of pests that pose challenges or hazards to plant and livestock production, landscape and public lands maintenance, vector control, and microbial pest management. The pesticide laws and regulations have been established to ensure pesticides can be utilized in a safe and effective manner to protect the public, environment, and overall health of our State while ensuring mitigation measures are in place to reduce risks to handlers and workers. Pesticide labels and safety data sheets are a great resource to learn more about products, but they are primarily designed to protect the safety of direct users, fieldworkers, commodities, and the environment in which these products are designed to be used.
The Stanislaus County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office
The Stanislaus County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office regulates the use of pesticides within the County and oversees their proper, safe, and effective use for production of food and fiber and to protect public health and safety. An important component of the program focuses on ensuring safe working conditions for agricultural and pest control workers, verifying use of proper protective equipment, and auditing for proper and documented training for employees who work with or around pesticides.
Other components of the program include issuance of restricted materials permits, reviewing notice of intents to apply restricted materials, monitoring applications in the field, overseeing private applicator certification exams, conducting incident investigations, hosting outreach activities, promoting best management practices, and records audits. Additionally, the department provides ongoing continuing education training to pesticide users regarding pesticide laws, regulations, and integrated pest management practices designed to reduce reliance on chemical pest control.
For more information about the Stanislaus Agricultural Commissioner’s Office, please call (209) 525-4730 or visit our website at: http://www.stanag.org/.
Your participation in this program will be valuable in shaping the statewide notification system in the future. By registering with this notification system, you will be provided with information concerning upcoming applications of California restricted materials that are scheduled to be applied within an adjacent Section Township Range around your subscribed locations, a span of at least one mile but possibly up to two miles from your requested locations.
Please note that proposed restricted material applications may be delayed, cancelled, and/or rescheduled due to unforeseen events such as changes in weather condition, labor shortages, or equipment availability.
Additionally, it is important to be aware that other agricultural operations/applications may be observed in agricultural fields that do not involve the use of restricted materials, but rather may include non-restricted pesticides, fertilizers or other materials used to promote plant health and development, and therefore are not part of this notification project.
It is important to remember, to maintain your safety and the safety of others, never approach any suspected pesticide application or other agricultural operation. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your local regulatory agencies or health care facilities for guidance.
Additional information on the Statewide notification system development or general pesticide information can be found at the following websites:
CDPR Statewide Notification Program website: Pesticide Notification Network
National Pesticide Information Center website: http://npic.orst.edu/
How to Sign-up
Please follow the registration steps below to sign-up for an account and subscribe to receive notifications for your location(s) within the designated pilot area of Grayson, California.Enroll and Sign Up Login Into the Pilot Program
Disclaimer of Liability and Reliability
The information, software, products, and services included in or available through the Stanislaus County Agricultural Commissioner Pilot Pesticide Notification System may include inaccuracies or typographical errors. Changes are periodically added to the information herein. Stanislaus County Agricultural Commissioner and/or its suppliers may make improvements and/or changes in the Stanislaus County Agricultural Commissioner Pilot Pesticide Notification System and web site at any time. Notifications received via the Stanislaus County Agricultural Commissioner Pilot Pesticide Notification System or web site should not be relied upon for personal, medical, legal or financial decisions and you should consult an appropriate professional for specific advice tailored to your situation.
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