About Pesticide Safety

Pesticides are consistently used in conventional agriculture to combat against pests that could otherwise destroy products and hinder profits. The state of Wyoming more specifically defines pesticides as any substance or mixture of substances (1) intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pests, (2) intended for use as a plant regulator, defoliant, or desiccant and (3) intended to be used as a spray adjuvant. The widespread use of these chemicals is reflected in the most recent EPA statistics, which state that 877 million pounds of pesticides were used throughout the United States in 2007.

Though pesticides are generally considered effective in conventional agriculture operations, they are also quite dangerous if not handled properly. Recognizing the seriousness of this subject, experts across the country have devoted time to developing resources to teach workers everything from proper pesticide disposal to avoidance of pesticide inhalation during application. Wyoming has further responded to the need for pesticide safety training by offering a variety of pesticide safety classes that seek to protect all agriculturalists, families, and consumers.

Featured Pesticide Safety Resources