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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 12:00pm
Tune into TickTalk with TickReport! A FREE live webinar series by Dr. Stephen Rich, Director of the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology. Noon to 1:00 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month resuming in February 2020. Co-sponsored by UMass Extension and the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 9:00am
A critical first step in the development of a weed or invasive plant management program is a strong and complete understanding of several principles and fundamentals of the discipline of weed science. The session will cover the topics of weed biology, weed ecology, herbicide modes-of-action, herbicide timings and more. This workshop is Session A1 of the Invasive Plant Certification Program.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 9:00am
The goal of this shared day of education is to hear about the latest research about pollinators, but also to encourage further networking between diverse groups of stakeholders who share at least one common interest: pollinator protection.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 8:45am
This one-day conference is designed for tree care professionals, volunteers, and enthusiasts including arborists, tree wardens, urban foresters, foresters, landscape architects and shade tree committee members.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 8:30am
The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Food FDA regulation is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a “preventive controls qualified individual” who has “successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls.” This course developed by the FSPCA is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual.” To complete the course, a participant must be present for the entire workshop and actively participate in all of the presented exercises.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 9:00am
While landscape and turf professionals may be knowledgeable about the state regulations that govern the type of work they normally do, regulations that govern certain aspects of invasive plant management may be different. This session covers state regulations including the Wetlands Protection Act, the Rivers Protection Act, and pesticide regulations, including those specific to right-of-ways. This workshop is Session A2 of the Invasive Plant Certification Program.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 8:00am
In this 1-day program you will learn the essentials of food processing sanitation. Topics covered include Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures, choosing the correct Sanitizers and Cleaners, Pest Management Programs, Record Keeping, and Implementing SSOPs in your facility/Kitchen. This program is a recommended prerequisite for other food safety management trainings (HACCP and Preventive Controls)
Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 9:00am
Come join us to learn management strategies and practices that you can implement to provide beautiful, functional and environmentally friendly landscapes for your customers.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 9:00am
An overview of the topic of invasive plants, focusing on why we should be concerned about them and enhancing your ability to readily identify invasive plants as well as their look-alikes. The work of the Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group, including its strategies, recommendations, and the recently released Early Detection/Rapid Response Priority List document, will be discussed. This workshop is Session A3 of the Invasive Plant Certification Program.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 9:00am
This session will help participants develop and implement an invasive plant management program. Management tips and strategies will be discussed including herbicide selection and timing, non-chemical strategies and ways to avoid common program pitfalls. This workshop is Session B of the Invasive Plant Certification Program.

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