The 2013 Integrated Pest Management Academy (IPMA13) will take place February 19-20 at the Okemos Conference Center in Okemos, Michigan. IPMA13 will address the weather challenges of the 2012 production season with the help of Dr. Jonathan Comstock from the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University. Dr. Comstock will address shifting weather patterns and the related impacts affecting agricultural producers. Dr. Comstock is a climate change expert and is co-author of both the Agriculture and Ecosystems chapters of the recent New York ClimAID report, which looks at climate change vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies. Michigan State University experts will also be on hand to discuss irrigation, frost protection and changing weather patterns in Michigan.
On the second day of the event participants opt into two, half-day sessions on the topic of their choice.
February 20, morning session choices:
•“Apple and Cherry IPM” Come with us on a season-long excursion where we will show how to tailor your integrated pest management decisions to produce a marketable crop in Michigan apple and cherry orchards.
•“Vegetable IPM” This session takes participants through a production year on tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, sweet corn, onions, garlic and asparagus. As we go through the year, you will be introduced to the various insect and disease pests and how best to control them using IPM techniques.
•“Scouting Techniques for Field Crops and Forages” Learn the basics of scouting for diseases, weeds and insects in field crops. Crop growth stages, pests life cycles, weather conditions and the date on the calendar can all impact the success of finding pests and ultimately controlling pests. Learn how each of these factors can help your success during the growing season.
•“Conifer IPM” Come learn how to identify and monitor for the most destructive pests and diseases of Michigan’s conifer tree species.
•“Communicating Climate Change” On Day 1, you heard about the science and concerns for farming with changes in climate. How do you talk about what you’ve learned with farmers and others in your community? Here’s how to navigate a potentially divisive subject that is important for agriculture.
February 20, afternoon session choices:
•“IPM in Small Fruit Crops” In this session we will focus on spotted wing drosophila, fruitworms, beetles, and common disease of small fruits including blueberry, strawberry, brambles.
•“Deciduous Tree IPM” Come learn how to identify and monitor for the most destructive pests and diseases of Michigan’s deciduous tree species.
•“Vegetable IPM” This session will guide you through a production year for vine crops, legumes snap beans and peas and cole crops with emphasis on insect and disease identification and IPM control. The session will conclude by exploring emerging IPM challenges and opportunities in vegetable crops resulting from changing conditions and technologies.
•“Check it Out, MSU Resources for Hops, Saskatoons and Chestnuts” Interested in these up and coming Michigan crops? Then join us for this introduction to these cropping systems and available MSU Resources to help get you started!
•“Emerging Issues in Field Crop Pest Management/Resistance” Each growing season presents a new set of challenges. In recent years, resistant pests have threatened productions systems. In this session, participants will learn how resistance develops and discuss management practices that can decrease the risk of developing resistant strains. In addition, participants will learn what weeds, insects and diseases are positioned to pose a threat to Michigan field crops.
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. Lodging is not included but special rates are available. Rooms for this event are available at the Comfort Inn and Holiday Inn Express, both of which are within easy walking distance of the Conference Center and offer continental breakfasts. Reservations need to be made by January 29 in order to receive the event rate.
Comfort Inn ($85) 2187 University Park Drive, Okemos, MI 48864. Call 517-347-6690 for reservations and reference the IPM Academy to receive the event rate.
Holiday Inn Express ($95) 2209 University Park Drive, Okemos, MI 48864. Call hotel directly at 517-349-8700 or call 1-888-HOLIDAY, guests may also book online. Be sure to reference the IPM Academy to receive the event rate.
Michigan pesticide recertification credits will be available. We hope you can join us for this exciting new program. For more information, or to request a paper registration form, please contact Erin Lizotte at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 231-944-6504.
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.
For more information contact Erin Lizotte at 231-944-6504 or by email at email@example.com.