SANTA MARIA, Calif. — Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau will hold its fourth Spray Save event, a free training dedicated to educating Santa Barbara growers, employees, supervisors, pest control advisors and applicators about safe spraying practices on February 15th at the Santa Maria Fairpark from 7 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. To reserve a spot, the registration form is available at www.sbcfb.com. The registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 6th.
Spray Safe is free intensive training program, offering Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for eligible employees and course work that focuses on the prevention of pesticide-exposure incidents. The mission of Spray Safe is “To encourage the safe application of agricultural chemicals through education and farmer to farmer communication and cooperation”. It is also an excellent opportunity to improve communication among growers, chemical applicators and farm employees. There will be live demonstrations in English and Spanish on the topics of field worker safety, equipment calibration and maintenance, laws and regulations and more. All agriculture employees are encouraged to attend.
Many find it to be a great continuing education tool for their employees, a source of understanding new technology, and a way to better protect the health and safety of farmers, field crews and neighboring residents.
“As farmers and ranchers, we have a moral obligation to our workers, our neighbors and our communities to ensure that our required practices are conducted responsibly and safely. We are pleased to be able to offer this exceptional Spray Safe event.” Sheldon Bosio, President, Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau.
The February 15th program will feature educational presentations, vendor displays, and a free burrito breakfast.
Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner, Jose Chang will kick the event off with an overview of the importance of the Spray-Safe program. Training and breakout sessions will include presenters from the Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office, California Strawberry Commission, Nutrien and more.
This training program will give attendees a valuable opportunity to learn about new and improved practices and technologies to reduce pesticide drift and ensure employee and public safety.
The Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau, affiliated with the California and American Farm Bureau Federations. The Farm Bureau currently represents over 370 member families in Santa Barbara County, 24,000 in California and 6 million nationwide.
–Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau