About Us

The University of Florida/IFAS Pesticide Information Office provides information and education related to pesticides and pesticide applicator licensing.

Pesticide Information Office
P.O. Box 110710
2306 Mowry Rd., Bldg. 164
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: (352) 392-4721
Fax: (352) 846-0206

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Jason A. Ferrell, Ph.D.
Interim Director, Pesticide Information Office
Professor and Director, Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
Phone: 352-273-3685
Email: jferrell@ufl.edu


Fred Fishel, Ph.D.
Professor, Agronomy
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.


Melissa Kasicki
Administrative Assistant
E-mail: melissa.kasicki@ifas.ufl.edu

Melissa transferred from the College of Engineering in 2018 to become the Administrative Assistant. She completed her Bachelor’s of Science at the University of Florida in Agriculture Operations Management. She brings to the office extensive administrative and fiscal experience to keep day to day office operations running smoothly. Melissa is also responsible for distributing CEU certificates for training completed on our website. In addition to her duties here, she is a Staff Sargent in the Florida Army National Guard & manager of Kaboom Ranch.