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Invasive Forest and Agricultural Insects in Massachusetts: Current and Future: Day 2 of Invasive Insect Certification Program for Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forest Pests

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Event date/time: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:30pm
Event location: 
The Publick House

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: Invasive Forest and Agricultural Insects in Massachusetts: Current and Future (DAY 2)

9:00 AM  Invasive Forest Insects in MA: Identification, Life Cycles, Hosts, Damage, and MA State Regulations
               Ken Gooch and Nicole Keleher, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation
A presentation of the many different invasive forest insects in MA such as Asian longhorned beetle and its regulations and emerald ash borer, among others. Defoliation across the state to be discussed in relation to gypsy moth and winter moth.

10:00 AM  Invasive Agricultural Insects in MA: Current and Potential Future Pests
                 Jennifer Forman Orth, MA Department of Agricultural Resources 
A review of invasive insects in MA that have the potential to impact agricultural commodities, along with the pest survey and management efforts conducted by MDAR. Current pests like brown marmorated stink bug and spotted wing drosophila will be highlighted, along with potential future pests covered by the state’s CAPS program. The presentation will cover identification and biology of these pests, host plants, MDAR’s pest outreach efforts, and how to report new pest finds.

10:55 AM  Break

11:15 AM  Invasive Insects of Tomorrow: Recognizing the Spotted Lanternfly
                 Tawny Simisky, UMass Extension Entomologist
Recognizing the life stages of the spotted lanternfly (eggs, nymphs, adults). Life cycle information to be provided along with host plants that are impacted. Updates from Pennsylvania and the national spotted lanternfly situation. Who to contact if you believe you have detected this insect in Massachusetts.  

12:10 PM  Lunch (on your own)

1:15 PM   The Emerald Ash Borer: The History, Movement, and Continued Spread of a National Pest
                Nate Siegert, United States Forest Service
The history and introduction of the emerald ash borer and its spread throughout the US. Applied research highlighting the management of emerald ash borer in forested and landscaped areas. 
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: 3.25 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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Contact's name: 
Ellen Weeks
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Contact's email: 
277 Main St
Sturbridge, MA 01566
277 Main St Sturbridge MA