Kern Ag Community Promotes Successful Spraying Safety Effort

While pesticide spray drift incidents are dramatically down in Kern County, area farm interests continue to meet and discuss ways to further enhance safety. Farmers, pest control advisors and applicators who have an interest in ensuring pesticide spraying safety are holding their eighth annual SpraySafe event this month at the Kern County Fairgrounds.

The SpraySafe program was created locally by a group of Kern County farmers to reduce spray drift, enhance worker safety, and protect public health through more effective communications. All members of Kern County agriculture are encouraged to attend this year’s event to hear presentations from representatives of the Kern County Ag Commissioner, California Department of Pesticide Regulation, and others about the importance of SpraySafe and its objective to protect farm workers and the public from pesticide exposure.

“Kern County has shown that through an industry initiative like SpraySafe, improvements can occur voluntarily, therefore reducing the need for formal regulatory actions by DPR,” said Mary-Ann Warmerdam, former Director of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, which awarded a $50,000 grant to assist other counties in adopting SpraySafe.

SpraySafe takes place February 1st from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Kern County Fairgrounds. The event is free and includes lunch. For more information or to register to attend, email kcspraysafe@gmail.com or call David Gustafson at 661-758-6070.

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