UC Davis will receive $6 million over five years to develop materials and projects promoting safe pesticide use, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday.
Under a cooperative agreement, the campus will establish the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC) 2.0, the second phase of a program now in its sixth year, EPA said.
Under the agreement, UC Davis may award grants to nonprofits to implement community-based projects providing “on-the-ground" expertise and perspective “to develop effective and audience-appropriate pesticide education and training material,” EPA stated. UC Davis will put more emphasis on applicator certification programs, including updated training and examination materials with national reach.
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The program coordinates development of educational resources to meet national needs, the agency said, including multilingual manuals, pamphlets, webpages, videos and guides for different targeted audiences. “In just 2020, more than 75,000 PERC resources were downloaded off the site,” EPA said.
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