A series of help classes on the mandatory Oregon Pesticide Use Reporting System begins next Monday, Nov. 3, and continues through Dec. 5. It’s going on in locations throughout the state, so there should be one at least somewhat near you. Those attending these classes will be able to learn more about PURS pesticide use reporting requirements, and how to meet them.
Now, you may read this and ask, “Do PURS reporting requirements apply to me?” Or maybe you’re wondering, “How long do I have to do this, anyway?” Well, the answers are here in this ODA press release:
PURS allows pesticide users to register and submit information to a secure Web site that confidentially collects, summarizes, and retains data. Those required to report to PURS include any person who applies a pesticide in the course of business, or for a government entity, or in a public place. Pesticide users need to keep records of their usage for 2008 and electronically report it no later than January 31, 2009.
There you have it. Once the deadline passes, the results will be assembled and reported around July in an annual report. Individual reports are kept confidential. The law is set to expire in 2009, but could be renewed by the Legislature.