Cooperative Extension Off-Campus Staff Pesticide Guidelines
Guidelines For Cornell Cooperative Extension Off-Campus Staff
Who Conduct Demonstrations Or Research With Pesticides
Many agricultural chemicals are classified as hazardous materials and
require the highest degree of care and safety when being applied, transported,
or stored. This includes state and federally registered pesticides as well as
those chemicals used under experimental investigations.
The policy for Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) off-campus staff
using pesticides in demonstrations and research is outlined below.
- Only those pesticides registered in New York State may be used by
CCE off-campus staff for field demonstrations.
- Pest management recommendations originate with the research/extension
faculty. Printed or verbal recommendations of CCE off-campus staff must
not differ from those developed by the faculty and from the labels of those
pesticide products registered in the state of New York.
- If chemical company representatives contact CCE off-campus staff and
request their participation in demonstrations or research with registered
pesticides, the appropriate research/extension faculty in the subject
matter area should be consulted before starting the project.
- The use/investigation of unregistered pesticides must be under the
direct supervision of the appropriate faculty member of the College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences having knowledge of the nature of such
chemicals. No portion of the treated commodity should enter trade channels,
unless it has been clearly established that no residue results from the
treatment(s) or that a tolerance or an exemption from the requirement of a
tolerance exists for the chemical(s) in or on the food, feed or animal(s).
- Pesticide chemicals with an experimental use permit (EUP) will not
be used in demonstrations by CCE off-campus staff. Research with EUP
chemicals can be undertaken, but must be conducted on a cooperative basis with
the company representative and appropriate faculty member(s). The research
must be conducted in accordance with restrictions and limitations stated on
the EUP label and permit.
- Pesticides which have a temporary tolerance established by EPA in or
on food, feed, or animals may be used for research within the limits of that
temporary tolerance. Most temporary tolerances have been issued in
conjunction with an EUP and the procedures outlined above must be followed.
Pesticides with a temporary tolerance can be used on food/feed crops and
animals for consumption provided the EUP directions permit such use.
- Precautions to protect personnel, property, the public, the
environment, and other interests must be employed where EUP investigations are
undertaken. All precautions, restrictions, and limitations issued under an
EUP and/or on the container of a registered pesticide product must be
- All CCE employees assisting in field demonstrations and/or research
must be certified in those pesticide applicator categories related to their
work environment. This also includes being certified in the Demonstration and
Research Category (Category 10).
Suggested Demonstration and Research Procedures
Prior to conducting demonstrations or research with pesticides on land,
crops, and/or animals not owned or controlled by the College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences, the following steps should be taken:
- Consult with the appropriate faculty member(s) of the College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences before making any commitments. Make certain
that plans conform with the policy outlined in the previous section.
- Obtain the necessary instructions, chemistry and toxicological data,
environmental data, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), etc. so there is
assurance that the health of the applicators or that of others will not be in
- Obtain information from the sponsor/principal investigator or the
producer of the pesticide relative to acceptable methods of crop/animal
destruction if tolerances have not been established and the commodity is not
allowed for human consumption. Obtain a written statement outlining the
individual(s) responsibility for disposing of the commodity and providing any
compensation. All unused pesticides and their containers associated with the
demonstration and/or research should be returned to the manufacturer/sponsor.
- Provide all land owners, where EUP investigations/demonstrations are
undertaken, with the appropriate information as outlined in number 2 above.
- Secure a written statement to keep on file outlining the
contributions and responsibilities of each party.
Disclaimer: Please read
the pesticide label prior to use. The information contained at this web
site is not a substitute for a pesticide label. Trade names used herein
are for convenience only; no endorsement of products is intended, nor is
criticism of unnamed products implied. Most of this information is historical
in nature and may no longer be applicable.
Questions regarding the development of this web site should be directed to the
For more information relative to pesticides and their use in New York State, please contact the PMEP staff at:
5123 Comstock Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-0901
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