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About Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs

Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs (VTPP) is part of the Department of Entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. We serve the citizens of Virginia in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Office of Pesticide Services.

VTPP is committed to environmental protection and public safety associated with the use of pesticides and agricultural chemicals.

VTPP offers pest managers and the public information on pesticides, pesticide safety, pest management, educational opportunities, and related services. Pesticide applicators rely on us for regulatory information and certification training. We also assist VCE agents with pesticide safety education programming, and teach undergraduate and graduate courses at Virginia Tech.

Our primary goals include:

  • Protecting human health and the environment from pesticide hazards.
  • Enhancing educational opportunities for pesticide applicators and the public.
  • Supporting the network of pesticide safety educators in Virginia and beyond.
  • Improving public awareness and understanding of integrated pest management (IPM), and its economic, health, and environmental benefits.
  • Assisting consumers with questions about the use and impact of pesticides in their everyday lives.
  • Supporting and developing youth scientific literacy programs.
  • Providing objective, science-based support to state and federal regulators.

For more information on the history of VTPP, please visit: (LINK TBA)


Name Position
Daniel Frank         Director
Kathleen Miller  Extension Associate
Rachel Parson Extension Associate
Michael Weaver Professor Emeritus
Stephanie B. Wycoff Extension Associate


Name Position
Dana Beegle 
Publication Manager and Public Relations
Jacqueline Brown Online Education Support Specialist 
Dana Watson Educational Support Assistant
Grant Schiermeyer Live Zoo Curator
Shanan Sessor Office Manager
Whitney Weaver Media Specialist and Science Literacy Program Coordinator

302 Agnew Hall (MC 0409)

460 West Campus Drive

Blacksburg, VA 24061