Effects of the Worker Protection Standard on Vegetable and Fruit Production—A Trainer/Extension Agent's Perspective

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  • 1 1Dade Co. Ext. Serv., Homestead, FL 33030-2309
  • | 2 2Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611.

The Dade County Extension Service has conducted three types of training classes related to the new Federal Worker Protection Standard (WPS): Train-the-Trainer sessions, WPS Worker Training, and WPS Handler Training. All of these must follow rigid course outlines to comply with requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. At the end of training classes, growers and other audience members are often confused as to how this Standard actually affects their operation. The discussion will describe: a) materials and supplemental training classes developed by extension agents to help growers comply; b) operational changes that local growers have made as a result of this new law; c) the effects of this Standard on field visits and demonstration-research projects; and d) interactions between agents and non-traditional clientele groups.

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