Michael Weaver

Professor, Director - VTPP

  • Pesticide Safety Education

Education

  • Ph.D. (1982), Plant Pathology, Virginia Tech
  • M.S. (1977), Plant Pathology, West Virginia University 
  • B.S. (1974), Biology, Sec. Education, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators
  • Council for Agricultural Science and Technology
  • Entomological Society of America
  • Epsilon Sigma Phi
  • Gamma Sigma Delta - Honor Society of Agriculture
  • Phi Beta Delta -- International Scholars' Society
  • The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance
  • Virginia Extension Service Association

Experience

  • 2018 – present – Professor Emeritus & Director, Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs (pesticide safety education specialist)
  • 1980 – 2017 - Professor & Director, Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs
  • 09/77 – 08/80 -- Graduate Research Assistant, Chemical, Drug and Pesticide Unit, Extension Division, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg.
  • 5/75 – 5/77 -- Graduate Assistant, Pesticides & Chemicals Office, Cooperative Extension Service, West Virginia University, Morgantown.
  • 01/75 – 5/75 -- Lab Assistant, Dept. of Plant Pathology & Bacteriology, West Virginia University, Morgantown.
  • 08/74 – 01/75 -- Substitute Teacher, Mercer County Schools, PA.

Professional Service

  • Immediate Past President, President, President-Elect, American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators (AAPSE). 2011-17; Secretary, charter member, webmaster, multiple committee service, 1993-present.
  • Member. Board of Directors Building Committee. Virginia Pest Mgmt. Assn. 2011-16.
  • Member, Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Board. 2011-18.
  • Member, (2000-present), Chair (2012-13). Advisory Council. Member, Steering Committee, 2009-present, Southern IPM Center, Raleigh, NC
  • Member. Western Region IPM Center Grant Review Board. 2007. UC-Davis (CA).
  • Member. USDA/CSREES IPM Center Mid-Term Review - Southern IPM Center. 2006.
  • Member. USDA Pest Mgmt. Alternatives Program (PMAP) Grant Review Panel, 2005.
  • Member. eXtension Institutional Team for Virginia. 2005-07.
  • Editor-in-Chief. Journal of Pesticide Safety Education (AAPSE). 1999-present.
  • Member. Virginia Pesticide Control Board, 1991-2012.

2018, Fellow, American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators.

2018, SAFE Community Champion Award - Hokie BugFest - Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research (team award for event).

2018, Team Leadership Award - Hokie BugFest Planning Retreat (team award for event).

2016, Supervisor's Award - Hokie Wellness, Virginia Tech.

2016, 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991. Virginia Tech Service Awards for recognition of 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 10 years service.

2012, VDACS Award for Outstanding Service to the Virginia Pesticide Control Board.

2011, Alwood Family Proclamation. In recognition of preserving W. B. Alwood legacy.

2010, Communications Award for VTPP.ORG website. VAACA/NAACA.

2010, University Exemplary Department Award. Department-wide; wrote submission.

2009, Andy Swiger Land-Grant Award, Virginia Tech College Agric. & Life Sciences.

2008, Spotlight on Achievement. Virginia Tech website (www.vt.edu) (Sept., 2008).

2007, Extension Excellence Award. Virginia Tech Alumni Association.

2007, Program Stewardship Award.  The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (team award, with P. A. Hipkins and D. Mullins).

2004, W. F. Murphy Technology Award, Virginia Tech College Agric. & Life Sciences.

2003, USDA Service Award, for recognition of 20 years service.

2002, Education Programs Award, Agricultural Distance Education Consortium.

2001, Outstanding Service Award, American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators.

2001, Extension Award of Merit, Gamma Sigma Delta, Virginia Tech chapter.

1997, Outstanding Service Award, American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators.

1991, National First Place Award, Electronic Media, Ag. Communicators in Education.

1990, National First Place Award, Video Teleconference Productions, ACE.

1989, National Superior Award, Educational Interactive Video Program, ACE.

1989, National Superior Award, Innovative Use of Communication Technology, ACE.

1989, Recognition for Outstanding Services, Va. Ag-Chemicals & Soil Fertility Assn.

1985, Who's Who in Frontier Science and Technology, Marquis Publications.

Classes Taught

  • ENT/PPWS 4264 - Pesticide Usage
  • ENT 6004 - Advanced Topics in Pesticide Usage

Dr. Weaver's appointment as Director of Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs (VTPP) and Extension Coordinator of pesticide programming is 95% Extension and 5% research.  He develops and delivers Extension programs in Pesticide Safety Education (public outreach, pesticide applicator training, pesticide impact assessment, and farm worker protection); Experiment Station programs in Southern Region IPM Center (Pest Management Information Network), in the National Agricultural Program to Clear Pest Control Agents and Animal Drugs for Minor Uses (IR-4), and supports Extension faculty and CALS AREC research and farm staff; instruction in undergraduate, and graduate education programs; and, International programs in Pest and Pesticide Management, including IPM-CRSP. His interests include pesticide and pest management information systems, pesticide impact assessment, regulatory pest management, pest management and Virginia Tech history, 4-H youth education, IR-4, pesticide residues, environmental impact, and pesticide safety education. Recent work involves the development of a pest management information network, pesticide management programs, IPM documents, pesticide applicator training manuals, computer-based multimedia, a study of lead arsenate residues in Virginia soils, youth education programs including the Hokie Bugfest, writing a book and websites on Virginia Tech's first entomologist, W. B. Alwood and the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, and work with distance learning technologies. Other activities include coordination of the statewide pesticide applicator training program, the IR-4 specialty pest control program for minor crops, and development of systems to disseminate pesticide information worldwide.

Future Direction

Pesticide application and the use of chemical pest controls will continue for the foreseeable future. Integrated pest management (IPM) is a replacement for what was once a lack of consideration for alternatives to chemical pest control. However, pesticides are an important component of a viable IPM program. What will change is the type of chemical pesticides we use in the future. Old chemistry will continue to be replaced by new and less toxic and less potentially harmful pesticides. In addition, new methods and advanced application technology give the pest manager new ways to apply controls with more precision and less cost. Regulation and education of applicators will always be important forms of preventatives implemented by pesticide control agencies and Extension services (respectively) to enable the public to continue to use pesticides with a minimal impact on human health and the environment. A strong and seamless relationship between pesticide safety educator and regulator is critical to accomplish this goal. Funding for pesticide safety education is critical to the success of this process. Education is the major form of pesticide control since enforcement is expensive. Without proper education, applicators will violate the law in high numbers. Pursuing large numbers of violators would easily overtax the limited amount of resources provided for enforcement. Education (prevention) is much more economical than enforcement and will remain so in the future. In addition, assessment of pest management strategies and needs will enable regulators to allow continued registration of the most important and viable pest controls. Maintaining these controls as they are impacted by regulation also maintains viable IPM programs. Evaluation (research) of the mistakes and impacts of the past are important to protect the public from future impacts of pesticide misuse. The impact of old pesticides on the environment will remain for years to come. Knowledge of the potential impact of these chemicals on future generations is paramount. Knowledge of the history of pest management prevents mistakes in reaching future goals.

  • Weaver, M. J., Weaver, W. A., McCoy, T. C., Blevins, S. L., Parson, R., & Terwilliger, S. (2017). Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs (website) . Virginia Tech. Retrieved from http://vtpp.org/
  • Weaver, M. J., & Weaver, W. A. (2016). Hokie BugFest . Virginia Tech. Retrieved from http://hokiebugfest.org/
  • Weaver, M. J., Weaver, W. A., Gatton, H. A., & Blevins, S. L. (2016). Hokie BugFest Facebook Page (website) . FACEBOOK.COM. Retrieved from http://www.facebook.com/hokiebugfest
  • Weaver, M. J., & Weaver, W. A. (2016). American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators (website) . American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators. Retrieved from http://aapse.org
  • Weaver, M. J., & Weaver, W. A. (2016). Journal of Pesticide Safety Education (JPSE.ORG) . American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators. Retrieved from http://jpse.org/
  • Weaver, M. J., Weaver, W. A., Gatton, H. A., & Blevins, S. L. (2016). Larry the Label Jr. Facebook page (website) . FACEBOOK.COM. Retrieved from http://www.facebook.com/larrythelabel
  • Weaver, M. J. (2016). Pesticide Usage (conversion/rewriting of course content from Scholar to Canvas) . Virginia Tech. Retrieved from http://www.canvas.vt.edu/
  • Pfeiffer, D. G., Bergh, J. C., Wilson, J. M., Frank, D. L., Hooks, C. R. R., Sherif, S., Parkhurst, J. (2017). 2017 Spray Bulletin for Commercial Tree Fruit Growers. Va. Coop.Ext. Serv. Publ. 456-419  (456-419). Retrieved from http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/456/456-419/456-419-PDF.pdf
  • Weaver, M., & McCoy, T. C. (2017). 2017 Pest Management Guide for Horticultural and Forest Crops: Regulations and Basic Information  (456-017). Retrieved from http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/
  • Worrell, K., Blevins, S. L., McCoy, T., Parson, R. A., & Weaver, M. J. (2017). The Collectors  (4H-764NP).
  • Blevins, S. L., & Weaver, M. J. (2018). 2018 Pest Management Guide: Safe and Effective Use of Pesticides for Home Grounds and Animals (456-018).
  • Pfeiffer, D. G., Bergh, J. C., Fell, R. D., Hooks, C., Peck, G., Walsh, C. S., Yoder, K., Biggs, A., Kotcon, J. B., Derr, J., Chandran, R. S., Weaver, M. J., Brown, A., Parkhurst, J.. 2012. 2012 Spray Bulletin for Commercial Tree Fruit Growers. Va. Coop. Ext. Serv. Publ. 456-419
  • Schooley, T. N., Weaver, M. J., Mullins, D. E., Eick, M.. 2008. The History of Lead Arsenate Use in Apple Production: Comparison of its Impact in Virginia with Other States. Journal of Pesticide Safety Education, V. 10, p. 22-53.
  • Gatton, H., Fell, R. D., Weaver, M. J.. 2007. Crop Profile for Honeybees in Virginia. National IPM Centers. [http://www.ipmcenters.org/cropprofiles/docs/vahoney.html] .
  • Gatton, H., Kuhar, T. P., Jennings, K., King, S. W., Monks, D., Rideout, S., Toth, S., Waldenmaier, C., Weaver, M. J., Wilson, H.. 2007. Pest Management Strategic Plan for Tomato in Virginia, North Carolina, and Delaware. Southern Region IPM Center, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State University, and University of Delaware. 58pp.
  • Hipkins, P. A., Weaver, M. J.. 2007. Safe and Effective Use, (p. 1-45 in 2007 Field Crops Pest Management Guide. VA. Coop. Extension (Pub. 456-016), Blacksburg. [revised annually – 22nd revision by authors].
  • Hipkins, P. A., Weaver, M. J.. 2007. Safe and Effective Use, (p. 1-45 in 2007 Horticultural and Forest Crops Pest Management Guide). VA. Coop. Extension (Pub. 456-017), Blacksburg. [revised annually -19th revision].
  • Weaver, M. J., Hipkins, P. A.. 2007. Safe and Effective Use. (p. 1-26 in 2007 Home Grounds and Animals Pest Management Guide). VA. Coop. Extension (Pub. 456-018), Blacksburg. [revised annually - 15th revision].
  • Whitford, F., Weaver, M. J.. 2007. A Review of Vegetable Insect Management. Journal of Pesticide Safety Education, Volume 9, 4pp.
  • Gatton, H., Greiner, S., Weaver, M. J.. 2006. Crop Profile for Beef Cattle in Virginia. National IPM Centers. [http://www.ipmcenters.org/cropprofiles/docs/vabeefcattle.html]. 24pp.
  • Gatton, H., Greiner, S., Weaver, M. J.. 2006. Crop Profile for Sheep in Virginia. National IPM Centers. [http://www.ipmcenters.org/cropprofiles/docs/vasheep.html] 19pp.
  • Gatton, H., Novak, C., Weaver, M. J.. 2006. Crop Profile for Turkey in Virginia. National IPM Centers. [http://www.ipmcenters.org/cropprofiles/docs/vaturkey.html] 27pp.
  • Gatton, H., Overbay, A., Stallings, C., Weaver, M. J.. 2006. Crop Profile for Dairy Cattle in Virginia. National IPM Centers. [http://www.ipmcenters.org/cropprofiles/docs/vadairycattle.html] 25pp.
  • Gatton, H., Weaver, M. J., Novak, C.. 2006. Crop Profile for Chicken in Virginia. National IPM Centers. [http://www.ipmcenters.org/cropprofiles/docs/vachicken.html] 27pp.
  • Pfeiffer, D. G., Baniecki, J., Bergh, J. C., Biggs, A., Chandran, R. S., Demarsay, A., Dively, G., Derr, J., Fell, R. D., Hogmire, H., Kotcon, J. B., Parkhurst, J., Walsh, C. S., Weaver, M. J., Yoder, K., Yuan, R.. 2006. 2007 Spray Bulletin for Commercial Tree Fruit Growers. VA. Coop. Extension (Pub. 456-419), Blacksburg (156pp.) [revised annually – 21st revision].
  • Schooley, T. N., Waldenmaier, C., Kuhar, T. P., Speese, III, J., Weaver, M. J., Wilson, H., Sterret, S. B.. 2005. Crop Profile for Cucumbers in Virginia. National IPM Centers. [http://www.ipmcenters.org/cropprofiles/docs/vacucumber.html] 26pp.
  • Schooley, T. N., Waldenmaier, C., Kuhar, T. P., Weaver, M. J., Wilson, H., Sterret, S. B.. 2005. Crop Profile for Cabbage in Virginia. Crop Profile for Cabbage in Virginia. National IPM Centers. [http://www.ipmcenters.org/cropprofiles/docs/vacabbage.html] 20pp.
  • Schooley, T. N., Waldenmaier, C., Kuhar, T. P., Weaver, M. J., Wilson, H., Sterret, S. B.. 2005. Crop Profile for Cantaloupes in Virginia. Crop Profile for Cantalopes in Virginia. National IPM Centers. [http://www.ipmcenters.org/cropprofiles/docs/vacantaloupe.html] 26pp.
  • Schooley, T. N., Waldenmaier, C., Kuhar, T. P., Weaver, M. J., Wilson, H., Sterret, S. B.. 2005. Crop Profile for Pumpkins in Virginia. National IPM Centers. [http://www.ipmcenters.org/cropprofiles/docs/vapumpkins.html] 25pp.
  • Schooley, T. N., Waldenmaier, C., Kuhar, T. P., Weaver, M. J., Wilson, H., Sterret, S. B.. 2005. Crop Profile for Summer Squash in Virginia. National IPM Centers. [http://www.ipmcenters.org/cropprofiles/docs/vasquash.html] 24pp.
  • Weaver, M. J., Surles, W. W.. 2005. Protect Virginia’s Sensitive Areas - Control Your Drops and Control Your Drift. (eight page color leaflet) with Virginia Cooperative Extension, published by Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and Virginia Pesticide Control Board. Also on web - [https://www.vtpp.ext.vt.edu/index.php/html/main/CYD_1005.html] 8pp.
  • Weaver, M. J.. 2005. Virginia Tech On-Line Training in Pesticide Safety - Pesticide Safety Education Center (PSEC) Preparatory Courses. Paper published in Proceedings of 2005 North American Pesticide Applicator Certification & Safety Education Workshop - Breakout Sessions #6C and #7C, Univ. Wisconsin, Madison. August 15-18, 2005. [http://ipcm.wisc.edu/workshop2005/data/Weaver_online%20training_PSEC.pdf.] 11 pp.
  • Schooley, T. N., Stromberg, E., Laub, C., Youngman, R. R., Weaver, M. J., Hagood, E.. 2004. Crop Profile for Alfalfa in Virginia. National IPM Centers. [http://www.ipmcenters.org/cropprofiles/docs/vaalfalfa.html] 18pp.
  • Toth, S., Weaver, M. J., Sidebottom, J. R., Owen, J. H., Schooley, T. N., Hensley, D. D.. 2004. Pest Management Strategic Plan for Christmas Tree Production in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.. Southern Region IPM Center, North Carolina State University, Virginia Tech, and University of Tennessee. 81pp.
  • Weaver, M. J., Beegle, D. K.. 2004. Demonstration and Research Manual (Category 10). VA Coop. Extension (Pub. 456-227). Blacksburg, VA 240pp.
  • Weaver, M. J., Terwilliger, S. E., Ingrassia, L., Mitchell, G.. 2004. National CD-ROM for Teaching Recordkeeping Compliance to the FACT Act of 1995. USDA and Virginia Tech. [CD-ROM].
  • Schooley, T. N., Alexander, S. A., Kuhar, T. P., Weaver, M. J., Wilson, H.. 2003. Crop Profile for Peppers in Virginia. National IPM Centers. [http://www.ipmcenters.org/cropprofiles/docs/VApeppers(bell). html] 21pp.
  • Schooley, T. N., Tuckey, D., Alexander, S. A., Kuhar, T. P., Weaver, M. J., Wilson, H.. 2003. Crop Profile for Watermelon in Virginia. National IPM Centers. [http://www.ipmcenters.org/cropprofiles/docs/VAwatermelon.html] 19pp.
  • Schooley, T. N., Tuckey, D., Alexander, S. A., Kuhar, T. P., Weaver, M. J., Wilson, H.. 2003. Crop Profile for White Potatoes in Virginia. National IPM Centers. [http://www.ipmcenters.org/cropprofiles/docs/VApotato.html] 21pp.
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