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'Pesticides: The Chemistry Involved in Agriculture'

Growing food, fuel and fiber while mitigating the risk of pests can be challenging. Farmers both organic and conventional use pesticide to grow a healthy crop. When consumers hear the term “pesticide” it is often met with fear and misunderstanding. In this 60 minute session, we will discuss the basics of pesticides; what they are, how they’re used, how they’re tested and when they’re used. Attendees will conduct a quick tabletop lab and walk away with resources for the classroom.

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Valerie Bayes
Email: valerie.n.bayes@monsanto.com
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Biosketch: 'I don’t know all the answers- that’s why I keep asking questions.' Tangible learner. Dangerously curious. Valerie Bayes holds a degree in Biological Sciences from University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master's Degree from Lindenwood University in Teaching with certification in secondary biology. She serves as Monsanto’s STEM Engagement Lead in St. Louis, Missouri. Growing up Valerie often found her curiosity getting her into trouble. From building treehouses out of recycled materials to jumping off the roof with an umbrella – asking “why” and “how” she has always been the curious type asking about phenomena and testing hypothesis. She is a strong advocate for the scientific method. Her work focuses on creating authentic agricultural experiences demonstrating the sophistication and integral nature of STEM through agriculture.
Organization/Affiliation: Monsanto Company