Conifer Certificaton - A Grower Assisted Program

Date: August 4, 2013
Time: 12 noon - 4 p.m.
Location: Berry Family Nursery (BFN) Conference Room, 16127 Winans St., Grand Haven, MI 49417
Contact: Thomas Dudek, MSU Extension—Ottawa County, (616) 994-4542,

Advanced registration is required for this program to enable an accurate count for lunches. Please register as follows: To attend the August 5, 2013 program at Berry Family Nursery, please call Judy or Mary at (616) 994-4540 by August 2, 2013.

The Grower Assisted Inspection Program helps you put a system in place to help protect your nursery operation from foreign invasive species and all sorts of other pests.

  • The program gives you evidence that you are exercising due diligence in preventing the movement of quarantine and regulated pests such as gypsy moth or Japanese beetle. 
  • Implementation of a pest management plan can result in a trace-back and trace-forward system, which will be critical in the event of a quarantine or a regulated pest is discovered in your area or at your place of business.
  • Provides a Marketing Advantage.....Systems approach programs are rapidly becoming standard requirements throughout the US and Canada for nursery stock. Production under a systems approach will give growers an advantage in the market-place when selling to firms that insist upon quality standards for reselling of product in interstate and international markets.


12 noon - 1 p.m. - Lunch

1 p.m. - Overview of Program - Mike Bryan, MDARD What is a systems approach? Examples of successful compliance programs

1:30 p.m. - The Process - Tom Dudek & Jill O’Donnell, MSU Extension What you the grower needs to do... Identify the major conifer problems, current and potential problems. Japanese beetle, Gypsy moth, and soybean cyst nematode. Featured Speaker Dr. David Smitley, MSU Entomology Identify critical control points for farm regulated and non-regulated problems. What are the best management practices for these. Michigan Dept. of Ag. (MDARD) and MSU Extension

3 p.m. - Grower Experiences with a Self Audit System Mike Corbett, Berry Family Nursery

3:15 p.m. - Future Steps - Mike Bryan, MDARD Systems Approach for Nursery Certification—a National Plant Board Inititive

3:30 p.m. - Tour the nursery to look at critical areas and best management practices.

4 p.m. - Adjourn

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