Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau will hold it’s first Spray Save event, a free training dedicated to educating Santa Barbara growers, employees, supervisors, pest control advisors and applicators about safe spraying practices on March 3rd at the Santa Maria FairPark from 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. To reserve a spot, download the registration form at www.scbfb.com. The registration deadline is Feb.20th.
Spray Safe is free day-long intensive training program, offering Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for eligible employees and course work that focuses on the prevention of pesticide-exposure incidents. The mission of Spray Safe is "To encourage the safe application of agricultural chemicals through education and farmer to farmer communication and cooperation". It is also an excellent opportunity to improve communication among growers, chemical applicators and farm employees. There will be live demonstrations in English and Spanish on the topics of field worker safety, equipment calibration and maintenance, laws and regulations and more. All agriculture employees are encouraged to attend.
Many find it to be a great continuing education tool for their employees, a source of understanding new technology, and a way to better protect the health and safety of farmers, field crews and neighboring residents.
“As farmers and ranchers, we have a moral obligation to our workers, our neighbors and our communities to ensure that our required practices are conducted responsibly and safely. We are pleased to be able to offer this exceptional Spray Safe event and look forward to it becoming an annual program for our area,” Victor Tognazzini, President, Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau.
The March 3rd program will feature educational presentations, equipment displays, exhibits and a free barbecue lunch.
Spray Safe presentations will include keynote speaker Brian Leahy, Director of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation and Victor Tognazzini as well as speakers from the Santa Barbara County Department of Agriculture, UC Riverside, Tee-Jet and the Strawberry Commission.
“This training program will give attendees a valuable opportunity to learn about new and improved practices and technologies to reduce pesticide drift and ensure employee and public safety.” said Cathy Fisher, SBC Agricultural Commissioner.