Spray Safe Event

The Mission of Spray Safe is to encourage the safe application of agricultural chemicals through education and farmer to farmer communication and cooperation.

EVENT OVERVIEW

The 11th annual Spray Safe event is set to be held on Friday, February 3rd at the Kern County Fairgrounds where local agriculturists learned the importance of safe pesticide spraying practices. This educational event is an example of agriculturists recognizing an issue in the industry and finding a solution. “Since this program was put in place, overspray accidents have dramatically declined” Spray Safe Committee co-chair Jeff Rasmussen. Spray Safe tailors to the needs of the agriculture industry by offering both English and Spanish translation, allowing the event to reach a larger number of farm labor workers.

WHAT IS PESTICIDE SPRAY DRIFT?

Pesticides and other agrichemicals are used globally in crop production to control weeds, diseases and insects. However, inappropriate application of these products can lead to run-off from plants, and can cause the spray to drift; thus ‘pesticide spray drift.’

WHY IS PESTICIDE SPRAY DRIFT A CONCERN?

  • Affects human and animal health, sometimes chronically; especially children.
  • Affects the applicator’s own health and safety.
  • It is against the law in some areas.
  • It can contaminate drinking water.
  • Spray drift can be environmentally harmful. Can affect natural habitats and other environments.
  • It can damage valuable crops and fertile soil that can be valuable to growing farmers or current farmer lands.
  • May lead to expensive and lengthy litigation.

For More Information & Registration

The Mission of Spray Safe is to encourage the safe application of agricultural chemicals through education and farmer to farmer communication and cooperation.