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Western Fruit Grower 

What you can do (spraying pesticides near schools)

The Ventura County (CA) Ag Futures Alliance prepared the following list of tips for growers whose crops are adjacent to schools. Note: A similar list is available for school officials whose campuses are adjacent to crops. 

Establish an open relationship with your neighbors. 

Find out who is the appropriate contact person at the school and make sure that all notification goes through that person. 

Pay a visit and say hello. Exchange contact information.  Provide, in writing, a general schedule of your farming activities. Request a copy of all scheduled after-school and weekend activities for the year - and ask to be notified when schedules change. 

Agree on a procedure to notify school administrators when a pesticide application is scheduled. 

Provide the school with information on the potential health effects of exposure to the pesticides you plan to use over the coming year. 

Tell the school when you plan pesticide applications. 

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Related Pages:

IPM Standards for Schools:  A Program for Reducing Pest and Pesticide Risks in Schools and Other Sensitive Environments

Introduction and information to calculating a score on the IPM Institute's IPM Standards for Schools

Links and resources for school IPM including curricula ideas, pesticide risk information, IPM planning and other resources

Headlines on School IPM

Bibliography for school buildings including pest-specific links and resources

Bibliography for school landscapes and grounds

IPM for School Landscapes & Grounds

IPM Standards for School Buildings


"Texas School District Recognized for Excellence in Pest Control"

"LAUSD Parents Gain Right to Know of Toxic Exposure"

"Questions About School IPM Now Answered Online"

"State Program Helps Schools Tackle Pesticide Issues"

"DPR upgrades school IPM on the Web"


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