In order to have an understanding of the issues related to pesticides, staff of VDACS actively participate in several national associations which are involved in various aspects of pesticide regulation. These associations consist of representatives from other state and federal government programs related to pesticide regulation or education. They may also include membership from public and private universities or non-profit groups who are actively involved in pesticide policy and education. Unless otherwise noted, staff members of the Office of Pesticide Services represent the agency and the Board in the associations.
American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators (AAPSE)
AAPSE is an association of educators who are involved in pesticide safety education programs throughout the United States. Members represent state, federal and tribal government as well as land-grant university cooperative extension services and some non-profit groups.
Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)
AAPCO provides state and federal regulatory officials to collaborate on decisions and discussions related to pesticide regulation.
Association of Structural Pest Control Officials (ASPCRO)
ASPCRO is a professional association of state regulatory officials who are specifically involved in issues related to the application of pesticides in and around structures.
National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA)
NASDA represents state departments of agriculture “in the development, implementation, and communication of sound policy and programs which support and promote the American agricultural industry, while protecting consumers and the environment.” The NASDA Research Foundation oversees the Pesticide Safety Program. Through this program materials such as certification training manuals, pesticide safety trainer manuals, and other pesticide safety outreach materials were created for applicators, farmworkers and health care providers. . The Commissioner of Agriculture or a designee represents the agency at meetings of NASDA.
The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA)
The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA) is an organization of federal, state and local governmental agencies, educational and research institutions, public organizations, private corporations and individuals that are actively involved in different aspects of pesticide stewardship which includes any activity that has a positive impact on the safety and efficacy of pesticides from manufacture, marketing and commerce, through storage and use, and ultimately disposal of unwanted or unusable products and the management of emptied containers.
In addition to the associations listed above, staff members also participate in other industry associations by serving as speakers or by providing input on state and federal policies related to pesticides. To see a list of related industry associations click here.