The Resource Conservation District of Monterey County (RCDMC) is working with the Coalition for Urban Rural Environmental Stewardship (CURES) to bring pesticide applicator training directly to the field in a classroom-on-wheels in 2019-2020. The project, organized by CURES and sponsored by four registrants, includes a 12-minute video and 8-page publication outlining pesticide application stewardship practices to protect surface water. Both the video and publication are produced in English and Spanish.
The classroom-on-wheels is a converted passenger van set up to handle small groups of applicators in each session. The video includes actual field footage taken in the region using state-of-the-art drone mounted cameras. During and after the video presentation, applicators are given a chance to provide feedback on the practices and offer suggestions to be included in future versions of the training.
CURES welcomes reservations by phone (831-214-9125) or email from growers, commercial applicators and Pest Control Advisors to arrange on-site training sessions. An order form for the Neonicotinoid Product Stewardship Program Brochure can be found on the CURES website at www.curesworks.org/neonic.
The CURES project is supported by Bayer Crop Science, Gowan, Syngenta Crop Protection and Valent USA.