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The BCERF program on the Cancer Risks of Environmental Chemicals in the Home and Workplace closed on March 31, 2010. No further updates will be made to this web site. Please go Cornell University’s eCommons web site to access BCERF’s archived research and educational materials (

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Cancer Risk of Turf and Lawn Care Pesticides
BCERF Research Project

The Cancer Risk of Turf and Lawn Care Pesticides initiative aims to provide user-friendly information about the cancer risks of pesticides used on turf and lawn in New York State. The projects below each provide resources for turf and lawn care professionals, homeowners, and others who need to make informed decisions about lawn care pesticides and cancer risk.

Going Forward
Together, these projects serve as a prototype for future, expanded programming beyond lawn care pesticides. In New York State, thousands of pesticide products are regulated for a variety of uses beyond turf grass, such as home garden, household, institutional, and industrial uses. Cancer risk information on chemicals in a wide variety of pesticide products can be made accessible, helping to meet the need for publicly-available, cancer risk information for pesticides used in New York State.

New York State Department of Health and Department of Environmental Conservation
US Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service