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Kaci Buhl

Associate Professor (Practice)
buhlk [at]

Office: 541-737-8330

At the state level, I lead the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP). The program hosts live recertification events around the state, serving over 1,000 licensed pesticide applicators each year. We also produce web-based training modules and license-preparation study manuals. Special training for unlicensed pesticide applicators is also available through a grant from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The PSEP at OSU works closely with the Oregon Department of Agriculture's Pesticides Division.

At the national level, I co-direct the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC). This program administers $1,000,000 annually in support of new pesticide-related educational materials. Thanks to this collaboration with Suzanne Forsyth at UC Davis (Continuing & Professional Education) and funding from the US EPA, I have been proud to co-author a nationally-adopted worker safety poster, a handbook for agricultural employers, and a respiratory protection guide. All of these have been translated into Spanish.

I'm also involved in projects that:

  • advance education for medical professionals, promoting the recognition and management of pesticide poisonings
  • promote alternatives to pesticides in residential areas, using a mobile-friendly website 
  • serve the nation with science-based information about pesticides over the phone, online, and on YouTube

My program areas bring public health to agriculture and natural resources. I'm often looking for student interns who are interested in occupational/environmental health.