Users who have encountered difficulty downloading the registration form for this year’s Spray Safe event now have a second way to obtain it.
The event, which will be at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on March 2 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., is free, but advance registration is required. To reserve a spot, you must download the registration form here, fill it out and return it via fax or email before Feb. 25. Please note that the document is an interactive PDF form that may be filled out electronically.
Spray Safe is intended to prevent pesticide-exposure incidents and improve communication among growers, chemical applicators and farm employees. Originally developed by a coalition of farmers, pest control advisers, applicators and labor contractors concerned about drift incidents in Kern County, the program is being embraced by growers throughout California as a way of better protecting the health and safety of farmers, field crews and neighboring residents.
The March 2 program will feature educational presentations, equipment displays, exhibits and a free barbecue lunch. Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, will deliver the keynote. Other featured speakers will include Ventura Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonzales; John Krist, chief executive officer of the Farm Bureau of Ventura County; Donna Marciano, chief of the enforcement branch of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation; Pete Jensen, hazardous materials officer for the Ventura County Fire Department; Rob Corley, field representative for the California Department of Education; and local strawberry grower Bobbie Jones. Spanish translation will be provided.