About Us

The University of Florida's Pesticide Information and Education Program provides information, educational programs, and materials to:

  • Persons who use pesticides as a part of their livelihood
  • Consumers with questions about use and impact of pesticides in their daily lives
  • Faculty and students
  • Decision makers, such as local, state, and federal government regulators and legislators

Contact Us

Pesticide Information Office

Building 164, Box 110710
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: (352) 392-4721
Fax: (352) 846-0206


Fred Fishel, Ph.D.
Professor, Agronomy, and Director
UF/IFAS Pesticide Information Office
Phone: (352) 392-4721 x201
Fax: (352) 846-0206
E-mail: weeddr@ufl.edu

Fred Fishel is a native of North Carolina. He completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees at N.C. State University in Agronomy. His Doctorate was earned in Weed Science from Mississippi State University. He has worked as a county extension agent in North Carolina and his last position prior to coming to the University of Florida in February, 2005 was coordinating the pesticide education program at the University of Missouri for the previous 12 years. The majority of his current appointment is extension with educational activities directed to the safe and proper use of pesticides. Much of his activity is in the development of written web-based guides that address pesticide issues and the development of study manuals and certification exams for licensing commercial and private applicators of pesticides in Florida.



Willene Johnson
Grants / Office Assistant
Phone: (352) 392-4721
Fax: (352) 846-0206
E-mail: willene@ufl.edu

Willene has 15 years of experience in the Pesticide Information Office.  She is available to answer pesticide applicator licensing and training material questions.


Cheryl Alldredge, Editor
E-mail: calldredge@ufl.edu

Cheryl joined the office in early 2017 and aids in the development of print and web-based study manuals and CEUs for licensing and recertification of commercial and private pesticide applicators in Florida.