I joined the Entomology and Plant Pathology Department in March of 1984 and assumed responsibility for our Pesticide Safety and Education Program (PSEP) in July of 2011. The Pesticide Safety and Education Program in Tennessee is a statewide educational program with an overall goal to protect the environment and the public health from improper use of pesticides by providing applicator and public education. We provide training and information to people, certified and non-certified pesticide applicators of all kinds, as well as farmworkers, and the general public.​​​

Darrell D. Hensley

Extension Assistant Professor
main office (865) 974-7958
fax (865) 974-8868
dhensley@utk.edu or psep@utk.edu

230 Third Creek Building
2505 EJ Chapman Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-4560

B.S., Agriculture Science, University of Tennessee at Martin
M.S., Plant Pathology, University of Tennessee
Ph.D., Plant Sciences, University of Tennessee

Professional Appointment
100% Extension Program

Graduate program concentrations
Sustainable Plant Disease and Integrated Pest Management Systems

Dr. Hensley is not currently accepting any graduate students

Areas of expertise
Pesticide safety
General plant pathology
Burley tobacco disease control
Drone technologies
Distance diagnostics

pesticides, pesticide safety, safety, pests, pest, pest management, distance diagnostics, integrated pest management, worker protection standard (WPS), commercial applicator, private applicator, licensed operator, charter, bond, custom applicator

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Current lab members

  • Laurie Barley (Program Assistant III)
  • Sherri Hill-Whitaker (Administrator Associate II)