Dr. Travis Gannon, Associate Professor at North Carolina State University, will be presenting a 3-part webinar series on pesticide exposure on athletic fields.
Synthetic pesticides are commonly used to manage weeds, insects, and diseases on managed athletic fields. Currently, there is much scrutiny around pesticides and their use, much of which is due to misinformation and lack of understanding pesticide fate and behavior. While this is not a new interest or concern, it is currently heightened, likely for a number of reasons including the International Agency for Research on Cancer classification of glyphosate as a Class 2A probable carcinogen to humans in 2015 and subsequent events. While pesticides are an integral component, they must be used judiciously and it’s imperative facility managers understand various aspects of their utilization so environmental and human health aren’t adversely affected.