Michael Weaver

Professor, Director - VTPP

  • Pesticide Safety Education

Education

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

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

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

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

2006 Virginia Tech Service Award for recognition of 25 years service

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

Projects

  • Natural Resources Conservation Services/Soil and Water Conservation District Staff Training
  • Virginia IR-4 Minor Use Pest Control Clearance Program
  • Virginia Pest Management Information Program (VPMIP)
  • Virginia Pesticide Safety Education Program

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.

  • 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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