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Podcast Episode 85: Pesticides 101

Today our guest is an expert when it comes to pest management in agriculture. Dr. Norman Leppla is a Professor of Entomology and the founding director of UF/IFAS integrated pest management program. IPM, or Integrated Pest Management is one tool farmers use to eliminate pests on their farms. Dr. Leppla is going to explain the process of IPM, how chemical sprays are only one small part of the equation, what consumers should know about pesticides, and how these chemicals work.

Check out IPM and IFAS the links below:

IFAS Website

IPM at IFAS

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Show Notes:

  • Dr. Norman Leppla’s Background
  • Working at the University of Florida IFAS (Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences)
  • Basics on pesticides (IRAC, FRAC, HRAC).
  • How do pesticides work?
  • Organic vs conventional pesticides.
  • Regulating pesticides – EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
  • What is IPM (Integrated Pest Management) and how is it incorporated?
  • What should consumers know about pesticides?
  • How UF and IFAS educate both farmers AND consumers.

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