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Pesticides and PARC


To report a pesticide incident that has impacted people, animals, or the environment, call 503-986-6470. ​​Your phone call will be routed 24 hours a day to 211info specialists, who will take your information. PARC staffers will contact you within one business day. ​

Warren Hanson
PARC Coordinator
Christina Higby
Citizen Advocate Liaison
Gilbert Uribe Valdez
PARC Board Administrator
​​Need to make a pesticide use complaint? 
Pesticide complaints webpage


​​​​​​​The Pesticide Analytical and Response Center (PARC) was created by executive order in 1978. The program was reauthorized in 1991 under the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) as ORS 634.550​. 

PARC is mandated to perform the following activities with regard to pesticide-related incidents in Oregon that have suspected health or environmental effects: Collect incident information, mobilize expertise for investigations, identify trends and patterns of problems, make policy or other recommendations for action, report results of investigations, and prepare activity reports for each legislative session.

PARC does not have regulatory authority. Its primary function is to coordinate investigations to collect and analyze information about reported incidents. This function supports PARC’s most fundamental purpose, to identify trends and patterns, and consequently make recommendations, when warranted, to state agencies. Recommendations may include public education and industry consultation, regulatory and legislative changes, and other possible approaches. Member agencies conduct most of the investigations and take any necessary enforcement action(s). The eight member agencies include the following: Oregon Health Authority (OHA)Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODF&W)Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OR OSHA)Office of the State Fire Marshal (SFM)Oregon Poison Center (OPC), and Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA)​​.​

Investigation coordination includes collecting reports produced by member agencies and consultation as necessary with a toxicologist with Oregon State University. Other governmental bodies may also participate in the reporting or investigation of an incident. 

​​Pesticide incident response information

Coordinating Oregon's Response to Pesticide Incidents

PARC's pesticide-incident response process

PARC Member Agencies' SOP Summaries

Abbreviated look at PARC members' standard operating procedures. PARC's operating procedures

What To Do If You Are Exposed to Pesticides information

Steps to take if exposed to pesticides

Request for Pesticide Information from a Health Care Professional

Pesticide use request form for health-care providers treating patients exposed to pesticides. Submit to PARC when completed via fax, 503-986-4735, or email​. Pesticide use request form for health-care providers

PARC reports​​

Upcoming PARC board meetings

Meetings are from 9 a.m. to noon, unless noted 
  • ​January 1​8
  • March 15
  • May 17
  • July 19
  • September 20
  • November 15​​

PARC board meeting materials​​​​

PARC board representatives​​

Rose Kachadoorian

Position: PARC Administrator
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Warren Hanson

Position: Board Co-Chair
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Curtis Cude

Position: Board Co-Chair
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Nate Agalzoff

Position: Representative
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Becky Anthony

Position: Representative
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Theodore (Ted) Bunch Jr.

Position: Representative
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David Gruen

Position: Representative
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Mark Johnston

Position: Representative
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Will Lackey

Position: Representative
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Charisse Pizarro-Osilla, RN

Position: Representative
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Position: Community Representative
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Fred W. Berman, DVM, PhD

Position: Consultant
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National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC)

NPIC provides objective, science-based information about pesticides and pesticide-related topics to enable people to make informed decisions about pesticides and their use. NPIC is a cooperative agreement between Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. National Pesticide Information Center website

Pesticide Exposure, Safety and Tracking (PEST) Program

Discusses ways to reduce pesticide-related illness and injury by surveying incidences and educating the public. Pesticide Exposure, Safety and Tracking Program website

Recognition and management of pesticide poisonings

Reference guide for health-care providers. Recognition and management of pesticide poisonings website

Reconocimiento y Manejo de los Envenenamientos por Pesticidas (Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings)

Reconocimiento y Manejo de los Envenenamientos por Pesticidas website