5th Annual Horticulture Industry
Integrated Pest Management Symposium
Thursday, October 1, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Early bird discount through September 10 $60 Member/$65 Non-member
After September 10 $70 Member/$75 Non-member
This conference is for professionals in the horticulture, landscape and nursery industry and is hosted by The North Carolina Arboretum in conjunction with North Carolina Cooperative Extension.
New in 2015! Agriculture Track
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Announcements
9:15 -10:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker Ronald Valentin, Biocontrol Developments at a Global Level
10:15 -10:30 a.m. Break and Opportunity to View Beneficial Insects
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Break and Opportunity to View Beneficial Insects
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Pesticide Credits Issued at Registration Table
Breakout Sessions Participants may rotate between the sessions.
Landscape and Nursery Track
10:30 -11:15 a.m. Alan Windham, A Systems Approach to Plant Disease Management
11:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Steve Frank, Urbanization and Bee Health
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Brian Kunkel, New Pest: Red Headed Flea Beetle
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Juang-Horng (JC) Chong, Mites in the Landscape: Identification,
Miticides and Biological Control
10:30 -11:15 a.m. Nancy Zethof, Getting Started with Beneficial Insects in the Greenhouse
11:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Jean Williams-Woodard, Countdown of the Top Greenhouse Diseases and Their Control
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Juang-Horng (JC) Chong, Mites in the Greenhouse: Identification, Miticides, and Biological Control
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Sam Newsome, IPM at Van Wingerden International
10:30 -11:15 a.m. Craig Mauney, IPM of Small Fruits
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Stephanie Darnell and Becky Langer, Honeybees: At the Cross Roads of Emotion and Science
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Alison Reeves, IPM Practices at the NCSU Agroecology Student Farm
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Meghan Baker, Attracting and Identifying Beneficial Insects to Your Farm
By registering, you agree to the Liability Waiver; read the Liability Waiver here.
Meghan joined the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service as an agriculture agent assisting small farms in Buncombe County in 2012. She was a commercial and consumer horticulture agent in the Boone, N.C. area for seven years.
Dr. Chong joined Clemson University in 2007 to develop the Turf and Ornamentals Entomology program. He worked at the University of Georgia for his advanced degrees on the management of the Madeira mealybug in greenhouse ornamental production. JC has a wide range of research interests and his ultimate goal is to develop integrative management programs against insects and mites that damage turfgrass and ornamental plants. His current research and extension projects focus on understanding the biology, ecology and management of scale insects, boring insects, spider mites, eriophyid mites and their biological control.
Stephanie is the science communicator for the pollinator safety group at Bayer CropScience. She joined Bayer CropScience in 1999. In 2006 Stephanie, moved to Raleigh, N.C. and became a product development manager for consumer and professional ornamental insecticides. Stephanie is responsible for science communications and forage habitat initiatives for the North American Bee Team.
Dr. Frank's research and extension programs at North Carolina State University focus on pest management in greenhouses, nurseries, and urban landscapes. His lab also investigates how to conserve pollination and other ecosystem services in urban landscapes with a goal to improve pest management by understanding biological and environmental factors that negatively affect beneficial insects and benefit pests.
Dr. Kunkel is an entomologist at the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension. As the ornamentals IPM extension specialist for the University of Delaware, Dr. Kunkel is responsible for master gardener training, industry workshops, writing articles for local trade journals, and a weblog featuring pest insects on woody ornamentals.
Dr. Langer is project manager of North American bee health for Bayer CropScience. She joined Bayer CropScience in 2010 as North American biosafety site manager. In this role, Becky ensures the success of the North American Bee Project team and directs and manages Bee Care strategy and activities.
Craig is a North Carolina Cooperative Extension area agent in agriculture-commercial vegetables assisting farmers on improving production while using sustainable methods of IPM.
Sam joined Van Wingerden International in 2010 and currently manages an acre of production area. He developed the bio-control program for their Ipomoea stock plant production and has worked in IPM in many of the crops grown at the facility.
Alison is the Farm Manager at the North Carolina State University Agroecology Teaching Farm. Prior to moving to North Carolina, she was the Garden Manager at the Virginia Tech Dining Services Garden in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Dr. Valentin joined Syngenta in 2015 and is the technical lead Bioline in North America. Born into the greenhouse industry in the Netherlands, his father began using biological controls in 1971. At a young age Ronald began managing and producing the control agents for the family operation. After finishing his education in crop protection management, biochemistry and vegetable production he embarked on a career in biological control in 1986. He immigrated to Canada in 1996 becoming a citizen in 2004. Ronald’s career includes numerous management positions with organizaitons employing biological control strategies.
Dr. Williams-Woodward is an associate professor of plant pathology at the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. She works closely with commercial greenhouses, nurseries and landscape managers providing diagnosis and management recommendations for plant diseases affecting ornamental plants. She teaches several courses on plant disease diagnosis and ornamental pest management and has authored extension publication and book chapters on ornamental plant diseases.
Dr. Windham is a professor of ornamental and turf pathology with the University of Tennessee at the Soil, Plant and Pest Center at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville. His work with greenhouses, nurseries, garden centers and landscape contractors includes the diagnosis and management of plant diseases.
Nancy is a biological crop protection specialist with Biobest International Biological Corporation. She works helping growers in the southeastern United States implement IPM programs using biocontrols. Formerly, she was a manager at Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville, N.C. where she spearheaded the biological control program for 15 years.