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The Impacts and Costs of Invasive Insects: Day 1 of Invasive Insect Certification Program for Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forest Pests

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Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:30pm

Invasive Insect Certification Program - This three-day program looks at the characteristics of invasive insects, the impacts and costs they have regionally and nationwide, and highlights the biology, ecology, and identification of some of the most destructive insects. This includes (but is not limited to) the Asian longhorned beetle, cynipid oak gall wasp, emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, hemlock woolly adelgid, winter moth, and more; state and federal regulations pertaining to invasive insect management as well as invasive forest and agricultural insects in Massachusetts; warnings about potential newcomers; management of invasive insects in the landscape; and strategies to prevent human assisted movement of these organisms. Integrated Pest Management will be the focus, highlighting cultural and mechanical management options along with the use of biological control. Participants may receive a certificate in INVASIVE INSECT MANAGEMENT upon the successful completion of all three sections and a passing score on associated online quizzes following each class. Participants not interested in a certificate may also attend all three days, or individually, without taking the associated quizzes. Attendees are encouraged to take all three sessions in one season to get the most out of the information.

AGENDA: The Impacts and Costs of Invasive Insects (DAY 1)

9:00 AM  Characteristics of Invasive Insects and How They Get Here
               Tawny Simisky, UMass Extension Entomologist
A brief discussion of what characteristics enable insects to be invasive, general ways in which insects get introduced to new places, a short review of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and prioritizing that strategy for the management of insect pests. 

10:00 AM  The Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine Regulatory and Survey Programs with a Focus on the Federal Regulations Pertinent to Invasive Insects in Southern New England
                 Kate Aitkenhead, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
This will be a discussion describing the PPQ programs and the agencies involved in the cooperative pest detection and eradication efforts currently in southern New England. Participants will be introduced to their State Plant Health Director and who to notify if you believe you have found an invasive insect.

10:55 AM  Break

11:15 AM  The Asian Longhorned Beetle in Massachusetts: 2019 Updates from Worcester
                 Ryan Vazquez, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
2019 updates from the Cooperative Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Program in Worcester, MA. Participants will be reminded what to look out for and who to contact if you suspect you have found an Asian longhorned beetle or the damage they cause. Federal regulations surrounding Asian longhorned beetle to be discussed. 

12:10 PM  Lunch (on Your own)

1:15 PM    Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and its Impacts on Forests in Massachusetts and New England
                David Orwig, Harvard Forest, Harvard University
A discussion of the identification, life cycle, hosts, and associated damage from hemlock woolly adelgid. An overview of its impacts on forests in Massachusetts and New England.
2:10 PM  Instructions for the quiz assessments for those attending all 3-days of the training and seeking a certificate. Pesticide CEU’s and association credits. 

Pesticide & Professional Credits

4 pesticide contact hour for categories 35, 36 and Applicators License available.
Association credits: 2.5 ISA, 1 MCLP, 1 MCA, and 1 MCH credits. SAF credits requested.


Preregistration required as space is limited; the cost per person per day is $95, $86 per person for three or more registrations from the same company (10% discount).

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Ellen Weeks
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277 Main St Sturbridge MA