Robert “Bobby” Grisso, associate director of Virginia Cooperative Extension and professor and Extension engineer in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, was awarded the 2013 SMV Technologies Ergonomics, Safety, and Health Award at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) annual international meeting in Kansas City, Mo. SMV Technologies of New Port Richey, Fla., annually recognizes outstanding contributions toward the improvement of farm safety and health. Grisso is commended for his educational programs and safe use of machinery systems while also protecting the environment through extension, teaching, and research.
Grisso has devised a simple and straightforward method of sprayer calibration and has demonstrated safe application techniques and proper personal protective equipment at more than 90 hands-on clinics and pesticide applicator training (PAT) courses. It is expected that PAT programs will increase the frequency of sprayer calibration, improve spray accuracy, benefit the environment, and save millions of dollars of chemicals by minimizing application error. The procedure has been incorporated into the ASABE sprayer calibration standards.