2014 Integrated Pest Management Academy to Take Place February 18-19, 2014 in Michigan
Looking to brush up on your pest management skills? Register now to ensure your spot at a pioneering workshop designed to serve specialty crop, field crop, and landscape professionals.
With support from a NCR-SARE Professional Development Program grant, the third annual Integrated Pest Management Academy will be held Feb. 18-19, 2014, at the Okemos Conference Center in Okemos, Mich., located just outside of East Lansing, Mich. The 2014 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Academy is a two-day workshop with information to help you improve your IPM practices on the farm.
The presenters at this program include a number of Michigan State University’s (MSU) best and brightest research and Extension faculty, offering an opportunity to hear from experts working in a variety of disciplines and cropping systems at a single event. The first day of the program will cover fundamental topics including: IPM strategies for disease and insect control; promoting and protecting pollinators; alternative weed control strategies; pesticide basics; the impacts of weather on pesticides; invasive pests; and IPM resources from MSU. On the second day of the workshop, participants opt into two, half-day sessions focused on the topic of their choice.
This year, the second day sessions include the following options:
The cost of this event is $225. Please note that snacks, lunch and parking are included. Participants also receive a notebook with program material and a complimentary IPM-related MSU bulletin. Michigan pesticide recertification credits will be available; the exact number will be based on session selection, but participants can expect at least six credits (private or commercial core available).
IPM Academy Online
Did you know that MSU Extension is now offering Integrated Pest Management Academy Online, a series of online prerecorded webinars? Commercial and private core pesticide recertification credits are available for Michigan applicators.These series of on-demand webinars created by Michigan State University Extension are designed to help Michigan growers identify pest management resources and understand IPM basics. Registration is not required and they are available for free. Simply visit http://bit.ly/ipmwebinars at your convenience and view one or all of the prerecorded webinars. Viewers can earn up to four pesticide recertification credits. A computer with Internet connectivity, a web browser and speakers are required.
Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) ENC12-130, Enhancing the Integrated Pest Management Academy to Provide Professional Development Opportunities for Agricultural Educators that Increase Economically and Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture in Michigan.