Helena, Mont. – The NGO Winrock International recently announced that Jolene Warnke-Roszel, Pesticide Training & Development Specialist with the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA), was selected as a recipient of their President’s Volunteer Service Award. Warnke-Roszel was selected for the award based on her volunteer work in Nigeria, where she conducted pesticide safety certification classes.
“Modern technology has vastly increased our reach around the world with both information and labor however there are still many disparities when it comes to human health and protection education,” said Warnke-Roszel. “My assignments gave me the opportunity to share valuable information about pesticide use and safety that directly impacts thousands of farming communities and to increase the awareness of the safety issues behind the tools they use to feed their families and communities.”
While in Nigeria, Warnke-Roszel focused on training farmers, faculty at the Samaru College of Agriculture (SCA) and other groups in pesticide safety by conducting pesticide safety certification classes. As an extension to the training, she served as a pesticide safety consultant to SCA to develop a year-long pesticide safety certification college program.
“We are lucky to have Jolene here at the Department,” said MDA Director, Ben Thomas. “The work she does is vitally important to Montana’s agriculture industry, and it’s obvious that her dedication to service extends beyond Montana’s borders.”
In her work with MDA, Warnke-Roszel develops and provides pesticide safety training and continuing education for commercial and government licensees in Montana. Originally from Florida, she has been with MDA for 5 years.
The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries.