Pesticides

Research Highlight

The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety offers annual funding opportunities for outreach and education activities and short-term research to support projects related to agricultural health and safety in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada.

Sustainable Alternatives to Pesticides

Soil fumigants are a class of pesticides used to control soil-borne pests, such as nematodes and pathogens, and are commonly applied in the fall after harvest or in the spring as a pre-plant soil preparation in a number of major California specialty crops. However, many conventional and widely used soil fumigants, such as chloropicrin and 1,3-dichloropropene, have been identified as toxic and/or possibly carcinogenic.

Extreme Weather Events

Over the past decade, California has become more prone to weather extremes, including increased frequency and severity of heat waves, droughts, and wildfires.

How have these weather extremes affected the work, health, and safety of agricultural employers and farmworkers? How are they preparing for the future?

A Look Back at 2019

WCAHS looks back at Research and Outreach activities for 2019.

2018–2019 Rapid Response Funding Awarded

Earlier this year, WCAHS accepted proposals for short-term projects that address research, outreach, or educational issues of agricultural health and safety in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and/or Nevada.

Christopher Simmons Honored by Department of Pesticide Regulation

The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) honored Christopher Simmons, PhD, and his research team, with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Achievement Award for their work with biosolarization, a process that combines the sun’s heat with soil amendments to manage weeds and other soil-borne pests.

Pesticides

Pesticides are an essential part of farming, but many conventional pesticides pose a health risk for humans. WCAHS investigators are evaluating safer alternatives, such as biosolarization.

Pesticide Safety

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) require employers to comply with comply with regulations that aim to reduce the risk of pesticide poisoning and injury among agricultural workers and pesticide handlers.