Virginia selects Doug Edwards to head pesticide enforcement

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has selected Doug Edwards as the Supervisor of Enforcement and Field Operations in its Office of Pesticide Services.

Edwards, a two-year veteran of VDACS, took over his new responsibilities May 23.

As Enforcement Supervisor, he will lead a statewide workforce of 11 field inspectors who investigate citizen complaints alleging the misuse of pesticides, and work with industry to seek compliance with state and federal laws, as well as the regulations promulgated by the Virginia Pesticide Control Board.

Edwards came to VDACS in 2005 as the Program Coordinator who managed Worker Protection Standards and product registrations. Prior to that, he worked with the Fresno County California Department of Agriculture for 30 years, and departed as the Deputy Agricultural Commissioner for Fresno County.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Entomology from the University of California, Davis, and in California, was licensed in 14 areas of specialization, ranging from Apiary Regulation to Pesticide Enforcement. He is married with two daughters and a grandson, Joshua, and lives in Newport News.

“Doug brings a rich history in pesticide enforcement to his new position,” said Andres Alvarez, Director of the Division of Consumer Protection. “We are excited about the contributions he will make and the ways he will enhance environmental protection in Virginia.”

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