Pest and Beneficial Insect ID Workshop: Core and PRVT CEUs available!

This workshop is a hands-on workshop for ornamental or horticultural crop growers that will help you properly identify pests and beneficials commonly found in our area. We will have many live samples for you to view. On-hand we will have the Florida experts on insect pests and beneficials, Drs. Catharine Mannion (Tropical Research and Education Center, Homestead), Steven Arthurs (Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, Apopka), and Hugh Smith (Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Balm). We will be focusing on whiteflies, thrips, mites, scales, and mealybugs. We will also discuss strategies to conserve pollinators. Resources for more information on pest and beneficial ID will be presented. The workshop will be held at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm on June 26, 2014. Sign in starts at 8:00 am. The cost will be $25.00. CEUs (Core and Private) and lunch will be available. Register online by following this link. http://tiny.cc/pandb_insect_id

Here is the agenda

08:00-08:30 Sign-in

08:30-08:50 Introductions and Welcome
08:50-09:20 Basic entomology review
09:20-11:20 Hands-on identification of key arthropod pests of horticultural and ornamental crops and their natural enemies
09:20 – 10:00 Whiteflies (Bondar’s nesting, rugose, ficus, giant, silverleaf) and their natural enemies
10-:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 10:50 Thrips, spider mites, broad mites, aphids and natural enemies
10:50 – 11:30 Scales and mealy bugs and their natural enemies.
11:30 – 12:00 Lunch (provided)
12:00 – 12:50 Managing pests and conserving beneficial arthropods.
12:50 – 13:20 Available resources-
13:20 – 13:40 Wrap up, evaluations and CEUs


Core, Private Applicator and WPS Train-The-Trainer Workshop at Balm GCREC

Core, Private Applicator, and WPS-Train-The-Trainer classes to be offered at GCREC, Wimauma, FL on June 25! Details and registration for all 3 classes can be found here: www.commercialveg.eventbrite.com

Private Applicator and WPS classes will be held simultaneously. Therefore, a person could register for both Core and WPS if desired.

Core and Private Applicator Training and Exams

Core 8:30am-10:30am, Private 10:45am-12:50pm. Two separate exam prep classes will be held to help you prepare for the Core and Private Applicator RUP license exams. Exams will be offered immediately following the classes. However, you do not have to take the exams the same day. You may schedule a time to take the exams at your convenience. You may take one class without the other, if needed.

If you are already a license holder, 2.0 CEUs in Core and 2.5 in Private are offered for both classes, respectively. Light snacks will be offered. Walk ins will be welcomed. The class fee is $15 per class. Please bring a cash or a check made out to “Manatee County Friends of Extension.”

WPS Train-The-Trainer: 10:45am-12:50pm

Need CEUs?
The WPS TTT workshop provides CEUs in several categories. Even if you don’t need to be WPS certified, don’t miss this opportunity for CEUs. CEUs available: 2 in the following categories: Aerial, Ag. Row, Ag. Tree, O&T, Private, Forest Pest Control, and Soil and Greenhouse Fumigation.

Need to become a WPS certified Trainer?
The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a federal program designed to protect agricultural farm workers in the production of agricultural plants. A person is qualified to teach WPS to farm workers if he/she holds a restricted use pesticide license or if he/she has completed the WPS Train the trainer course.
There is a $20 class fee. You may pay at the door with cash or check made out to “Manatee County Friends of Extension”


The Great CEU Round-Up

IF you need CEUs for your pesticide license and want to hear about herbicides and weeds here is your opportunity to register for...IFAS/FTGA's "The Great CEU Round-up Event" at Hillsborough County Extension Office on July 9th in the conference room.  This meeting will be broadcast throughout Florida by video conferencing.  Here is the agenda below.

8:30 – 9:00 Registration

9:00—9:50 How Herbicides Work Dr. Jay Ferrell

9:50—10:00 Break

10:00 – 10:50 Integrating Biological Controls and Herbicides Dr. Jim Cuda

10:50—11:00 Break

11:00—11:50 Managing Herbicide Applications Against the Development of Resistance Dr. Bill Haller

11:50—1:00 Lunch (provided)

1:00—1:50 Increasing Product Power Dr. Fred Fishel

1:50—2:00 Break

2:00—2:50 Up and Coming Weeds to Watch Dr. Lyn Gettys

2:50—3:00 Break

3:00—3:50 Herbicide Injury From Off Target Sprays Dr. Peter Dittmar

3:50 – 4:00 Closing & CEU Distribution   CEUs available are Ag. Row Crop Pest Control, Ag. Tree Crop Pest Control, Private Applicator, Aerial, Aquatic Weed Control, Demo & Research, Forestry, Natural Areas Weed Mgmt, Ornamental & Turf, Regulatory Pest Control, Right‐of‐Way, LL&M, LL&O, CL.   To sign up, visit this link and send in a registration.  http://www.ftga.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Agenda.pdf  If you have any questions or need special accomodations please call Shawn Steed 813-629-6104.


IPM for Nursery Crops Workshop Quincy, FL

Don't miss this hands-on, 2-day workshop focused on integrated pest management (IPM) for nursery crops! Learn how to save resources, reduce pest damage and pesticide use, and create a safer working environment for employees, all while earning 13 pesticide CEUs plus FNGLA CEUs! Georgia pesticide CEUs applied for.

You will learn to identify major pests, plant diseases, and weeds using live samples, lectures, and images. Horticulturists, plant pathologists, entomologists, and weed scientists - - from major universities across the southeastern U.S. - - will teach you about some of the latest technologies to prevent pests and use your smart phone as a pest scouting device. Each participant will receive a free copy of IPM Pro, a mobile device app for IPM in ornamental crops, as well as many printed reference materials. In-depth and focused on IPM in ornamentals, this workshop is one of kind and well worth your time!

Registration is only $15 but you must pre-register to participate; no walk-ins allowed! To register and for more information, go to https://ncnla.wufoo.com/forms/ipm-2day-workshop-quincy-fl-june-1011-2014/