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March 14; 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Winter Symposium & CVNLA Short Course Pesticide Recertification NEW DATE

March 14, 2014, 9am to 4pm



Online registration is closed for this event.  A limited number of walk-in registrations may be available.

Persons registered for the February 14 program will need to re-register for this event.

Pesticide Applicator Recertification Categories 3A, 3B, 8, 10, 60 2014

Location: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - Massey Conference Center Auditorium

8:00 a.m. Registration

8:45 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. Legal Aspects of Pesticide Use Mike Elliott, Pesticide Investigator, VDACS This presentation will deal with the legal issues involved with the use of pesticides. Topics to be discussed include types of certification and associated fees; how to keep certification current; purchase and use of restricted-use pesticides; record keeping; and the penalties for law violations. Recent changes in relevant product registrations and/or labeling will be included.

9:30 a.m. Fertilizer Applicator Certification Don Delorme, Agricultural Commodities Supervisor, VDACS While not part of the pesticide applicator recertification process, many green industry professionals are also impacted by legislation passed in 2008 by the Virginia General Assembly that regulates the application of fertilizers to nonagricultural lands. Don Delorme oversees the Certified Fertilizer Applicator Program and will provide a brief overview of the program, explaining who needs to be certified as well as the certification and recertification process.

9:45 a.m. Trends in Pest Management Michael J. Weaver, Director, Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs Throughout the history of agriculture, there has been the need to balance the methods used to manage pests with the potential unintended consequences of those methods. Mike will provide an overview of the major developments in pest management over the years, particularly since the introduction of the “regulatory era” starting in the 1970’s. He will focus on integrated pest management and the applicator’s role in particular. He will emphasize the critical need for safe and responsible use of the products registered for pest control and how the careless acts of a few individuals can negatively impact an entire industry.

10:45 a.m. BREAK - visit “Hand Protection in Agriculture” display located in the rear of the auditorium

11:00 a.m. Ornamental and Turf Weed Management Update Dr. Jeff Derr, Extension Weed Specialist, Hampton Roads AREC This presentation will cover the latest recommendations for weed control in turf and in ornamentals. The biology of our most troublesome weeds in lawns and ornamental beds will be discussed and how that factors into our various management strategies, including alternatives to chemicals. For times when chemicals are part of the equation, Dr. Derr will discuss those products that feature reduced risk to the environment and the applicator.

12:00 p.m. LUNCH – visit “Hand Protection in Agriculture” display located in the rear of the auditorium

1:00 p.m. Sudden Death – Investigating Acute Honey Bee Kills Charles Magolda, Pesticide Investigator, VDACS Honey bees are our most economically significant pollinator species, but unfortunately they are vulnerable to a range of factors that can negatively impact their numbers. Pesticides are usually the first factor to be blamed. As VDACS is the lead agency in Virginia that regulates pesticide use, it is their pesticide investigators that are often assigned to investigate sudden bee kills. Charlie Magolda has handled a number of these situations and will share his experiences in conducting these investigations, both those attributable to pesticides and those that were not. He will also discuss how best to protect pollinators when making pesticide applications.

1:45 p.m. Boxwood Blight Update – The Science and the Regulation Mike Likins, Chesterfield County Extension Office Debra Martin, Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey & Nursery Program Coordinator, VDACS Boxwood blight, caused by the fungal pathogen Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum, was found for the first time in the United States in North Carolina, Virginia, and Connecticut in 2011. In Virginia, it had only been detected in a geographically-limited, nursery situation until this past summer when it was discovered in a Chesterfield County home landscape. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has implemented strategies to eradicate the pathogen from infested fields. However, it is important for green industry professionals be able to recognize the symptoms of this disease and regularly monitor both nursery and landscape boxwoods to protect one of our most valuable landscape assets.

2:45 p.m. BREAK – visit “Hand Protection in Agriculture” display located in the rear of the auditorium

3:00 p.m. Managing Insect Vectors in Residential Areas Randy Buchanan, Henrico County Public Works Henrico County has a comprehensive Standing Water Initiative in an effort to decrease mosquito breeding sites within the county and minimize the risk of mosquito related diseases among its citizens. Randy will discuss this initiative and the basics of mosquito biology and management. He will also highlight other diseases of current concern that rely on insect vectors and the importance of community-wide approaches in managing their populations.

3:45 p.m. A Final Note on Safety Kelly Liddington, Senior Extension Agent, Richmond County Kelly will encourage us to take a look at some things none of us want to focus on, but need to be aware of anyway. He will touch on the latest research regarding the long-term health effects of pesticides that may make you think about day-to-day safety a bit more.

4:00 p.m. Paperwork and ADJOURN