Completed Project Report


Pesticide Applicator Training for Hmong Growers

  • Award Amount: $41,184
  • Regional Center: North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center
  • Grant Program: 2016 Education Projects
  • Project Director: Jack Chang
  • Email: jack.chang@wisconsin.gov
  • Organization: Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

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Project Overview

This project provided an overview of IPM and taught proper pesticide application procedures to socially disadvantaged (Hmong) fresh market growers. Two day workshops were held in Wausau, Milwaukee, La Crosse, and Eau Claire, WI.  The project used a culturally adapted curriculum piloted by a previous ERME grant.  We exceeded our expectations by reaching 120 Hmong producers, including Hmong farmers from Minnesota and Tennessee.  The workshops were designed to help producers transition to an IPM approach to production, use proper personal safety equipment, and save money by only applying pesticides when necessary.  More than 73% of participants increased their understanding of how to properly measure chemicals, calibrate spray nozzles, locate information on a pesticide label, and the importance of personal protective equipment.  Nine producers elected to take the pesticide applicator exam, with 5 passing and eligible for certification.  All 42 of the producers participating in a follow-up phone survey indicate that they have implemented at least one new skill learned at the training.

Number of Participants: 120

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