Landscaping with integrated pest management in mind

Learn how to prepare landscapes that resist pest challenges. Register now for the 2014 Integrated Pest Management Academy held Feb. 18-19 in Okemos, Mich.

Do you want to learn more about designing and maintaining a resilient landscape that minimizes pest problems? Are you interested in pesticide efficacy and integrated pest management (IPM) implementation in landscapes? Do you want to learn about current and potential invasive landscape pests? Then you should attend Michigan State University Extension’s third annual IPM Academy on Feb. 18-19, 2014, in Okemos, Mich.

The first day of the program will cover fundamental topics including, but not limited to, IPM strategies for disease and insect control and alternative weed control strategies. On the second day of the workshop, participants opt into two, half-day sessions focused on the topic of their choice.

Wednesday’s morning and afternoon landscape sessions will help participants learn how to:

  • Select the right plants for the site.
  • Avoid common pest problems associated with poorly installed or poorly maintained landscapes.
  • Recognize and manage emerging pest problems.

In addition to these landscape sessions, other crop-specific sessions will focus on soil health; getting started with growing hops; stewardship pesticides in Michigan field crops; ecologically-based fruit pest management; managing pests in diverse vegetable production and much more. Sessions will be taught by MSU professors and MSU Extension educators.

The cost of this two-day event is $225. 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 seven credits (private or commercial core available).

For more information on the program, a full agenda or registration, visit http://bit.ly/ipm-academy14. If you prefer to register by phone, contact Betsy Braid at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 517-884-7081.

This program was developed with support from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture — National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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