Workshops & Training

Florida Ornamental IPM Workshop

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ATTENTION PROFESSIONALS WHO WORK WITH TREES, SHRUBS, OR OTHER ORNAMENTAL PLANTS! This workshop covers the latest information on the biology, movement, and management of insects, mites, and their associated pathogens of Florida trees, shrubs, and other ornamentals. The first Florida Ornamental IPM Workshop was in Gainesville, FL on February 7-8, 2018, which was attended by 60 extension agents and industry professionals from throughout the Southeastern U.S. Stay tuned for details on the next meeting in 2020!

Pest Management University (PMU)

logoThe mission of PMU is to be a world leader in training the pest control industry by delivering quality instruction using science-based information on current technologies, with concern for the environment and human health. We do this through hands-on training and demonstrations at the UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research & Education Center in Apopka, FL. There are L&O and GHP course tracks offered. The introductory course (Foundations) prepares professionals with an introduction and overview of landscape disease, insect, and weed IPM. The advanced course (Masters) follows Foundations and covers more advanced topics and demonstrations. Masters course participants can take the FL Pesticide Applicators Exam on-site at the end of the course. Visit HERE for more information.

Next up:
Foundations of Lawn & Ornamental: September 11-13, 2019 – Register HERE

Masters of Lawn & Ornamental: October 23-25, 2019 – Register HERE

Southeast Pest Management Conference

Screen Shot 2018-06-25 at 9.10.06 AMIn collaboration with Erin Harlow (UF/IFAS Extension Duval Co.) and David Holmes (UF/IFAS Extension Marion Co.), I organize and host a day of the Southeast Pest Management Conference focused on lawn and ornamental management. The Southeast Pest Management Conference is a 3-day event dedicated to teaching the most recent research on urban structural and plant pest management to industry professionals. This annual conference is typically hosted during the second week of May. Several CEUs offered!

Evidence-based Turf Management Short Courses

Pest Management: Members of the UF/IFAS Turf Team (Drs. Billy Crow, Adam Dale, Phil Harmon, and Ramon Leon) will provide in-depth, hands on, evidence-based education and training about managing nematodes, pathogens, weeds, and insects in turf grasses. The most recent course was in Gainesville, FL on September 6-7, 2017.

Water, light, temperature, & nutrition: Members of the UF/IFAS Turf Team (Drs. Jason Kruse, Travis Shaddox, and J. Bryan Unruh) provide in-depth, hands on evidence-based education and training about turf anatomy, physiology, and nutrition. The most recent course was held on October 3-4, 2017 in Jay, FL.