DPR Brown Bag Lunch Series

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DPR Director Brian R. Leahy launched the Brown Bag lunch series in 2012 to educate the public about projects that showcase the department’s mission: Protecting human health and the environment by regulating pesticide sales and use; and encouraging reduced-risk pest management through research, grants and recognition.

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September 18, 2018 Agenda, PDF (459 kb) "Environmental Justice and Pesticide Safety"

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October 4, 2017 Agenda, PDF (194 kb) "California's Healthy Schools Act and Manteca Unified School District's Gopher Trapping Program"

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May 3, 2017 Agenda, PDF (387 kb) "County Agricultural Commissioner Pesticide Enforcement"

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January 25, 2017 Agenda, PDF (528 kb) "Endangered Species and Pesticides: California's Endangered Species Protection Project"

Placer County Intregated Vector Management

November 2, 2016 Agenda, PDF (377 kb) "Integrated Vector Management in Placer County: Using New Tools to Tackle Mosquitoes in the Foothills."


August 17, 2016 Agenda, PDF (478 kb) "Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour” organizer Kathy Kramer will discuss the free, self-guided garden tour she organizes every year in May, attracting more than 6,000 people. Kramer, an IPM Innovator Award winner, will discuss how the tour educates participants about reducing pesticide use, planting for pollinators and beneficial insects, and conserving water.

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March 23, 2016 Agenda, PDF (112 kb) "Human Health Assessment: How to Evaluate Pesticide Risk." The Department of Pesticide Regulation’s Human Health Assessment Branch manages the risk-assessment process (hazard identification, dose-response assessment, exposure assessment and risk characterization), with environmental fate reviews by the Environmental Monitoring Branch and supporting information from other branches.

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October 26, 2015 Agenda, PDF (306 kb) "Monitoring Urban Waterways: DPR’s Surface Water Protection Program." The Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR) Surface Water Protection Program protects human health and the environment by preventing pesticides from adversely affecting our surface waters, by addressing both agricultural and nonagricultural sources of pesticide residues in surface waters. At this special presentation, environmental scientists Yuzhou Luo, Robert Budd and Michael Ensminger provided updates on recent findings in urban waterways.

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June 9, 2015 Agenda, PDF (534 kb) "Keeping Workers Safe through Outreach and Education." The Worker Health and Safety Branch is responsible for worker safety in any area that pesticides are used. This is accomplished through several programs including exposure monitoring, mitigation, pesticide illness surveillance, workplace evaluation and industrial hygiene.

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November, 18 2014 Agenda, PDF (480 kb) - "Composting in California: A DPR/CalRecycle Special Presentation." Composting organic materials from the urban environment, like food, yard and lumber waste, reduces methane emissions from landfills and contributes to a healthier environment. Compost added to agricultural soils can be part of an integrated pest management strategy and reduce pesticide use.

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June 5, 2014 Agenda, PDF (832 kb) - “School Integrated Pest Management (IPM)." The Healthy Schools Act is a right-to-know law that strives to reduce pesticide exposure in sensitive populations, including schools and child care centers. Join us for an overview of DPR’s School IPM Program and future plans to help California schools reduce pesticide use.

California Almond Production: Success through Sustainability.

November 7, 2013 Agenda, PDF (384 kb) - “California Almond Production: Success Through Sustainability - Department of Pesticide Regulation Brown Bag Lunch Presentation.” California’s almond industry and growers will highlight a few of the industry’s key successes and innovations in water conservation, sustainability, and integrated pest management.

DPR Brown Bag Lunch Presentation May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013 Agenda, PDF (316 kb) - “Testing Produce for Pesticides: A Department of Pesticide Regulation Brown Bag Lunch Presentation” Panel will discuss new developments in the DPR residue monitoring program. With Michael Papathakis, Staff Environmental Scientist in the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) Enforcement Branch, and Poonam Chandra, a Senior Environmental Scientist at the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Residue Laboratory in Sacramento.

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September 26, 2012 Agenda, PDF (382 kb) - “Lodi Winegrape Growers: Pest and Resource Management” with Cliff Ohmart, PhD., VP Professional Services, SureHarvest; Joe Browde, PhD., Sustainability Senior Associate, SureHarvest; and Chris Storm, Viticulturist, Vino Farms LLC. The DPR has awarded more than $1.2 million through Pest Management and Alliance Grants since 1995 to promote development and adoption of reduced-risk pest management in vineyards. DPR has honored 25 organizations in the winegrape industry with IPM Innovator Awards, including Vino Farms and Lodi Rules.

DPR June 2012 Brown Bag Lunch presenters

June 13, 2012 Agenda, PDF (354 kb) - ”Reducing Pesticides in Parks“ featuring City of Davis Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program and the City of San Jose Pesticide-Free Park and Demonstration Gardens at Guadalupe River Park.

For content questions, contact:
Paul Verke
1001 I Street, P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento, CA 95812-4015
Phone: (916) 445-3974
E-mail: Paul.Verke@cdpr.ca.gov