Pest Management Conference Mixes Alternative With Conventional

There’s still time to register for the Society of American Florists’ (SAF) Pest Management Conference, Feb. 28-March 1 in Atlanta.

This year’s conference co-chairs are Dr. Raymond Cloyd, associate professor in the department of entomology at Kansas State University, and Dr. Colleen Warfield, nursery production and floriculture advisor through University of California Cooperative Extension in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Topics that are on the more green and alternative side are:

  • Designing Disease Suppressive Growing Media by Dr. Mike Evans at the University of Arkansas
  • Plant-Essential Oils: Are They Viable Pest Control Materials? by Cloyd
  • Biological Fungicides by Dr. Wade Elmer of USDA’s Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Compatability Of Pest Control Materials With Natural Enemies by Rene Ruiter of Koppert Biological Systems.

There will be two full days of seminars, Friday, Feb. 29 and Saturday, March 1. The Thursday before, Greenhouse Grower will sponsor a tour to two growing operations—Rambo Nursery and Southland Greenhouse, both in Acworth, Ga.

You have an extra day this year with Leap Year, so why not use it to further your education? For more details and to register, go to SAF’s Web site,

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