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Management of Invasive Forest and Landscape Insect Pests: Day 3 of Invasive Insect Certification Program for Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forest Pests

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Thursday, November 14, 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: Management of Invasive Forest and Landscape Insect Pests (DAY 3)

9:00 AM  Winter Moth Research and Progress: 2019 Updates and Biological Control
               Joseph Elkinton, University of Massachusetts 
A quick review of the identification, life cycles, hosts, and damage from these important forest and landscape pests. Biological control, where applicable, to be discussed along with the timing of other management strategies. Historical, current, and future perspectives to be discussed. 

10:00 AM  The Risks and Benefits of Biological Control: A Case Study of the Emerald Ash Borer
                 Juli Gould, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, PPQ Science and Technology
The factors that go into making decisions about approving the release of exotic biological control agents will be discussed, as will the permitting and testing process prior to release of non-native biocontrol agents. Highlighting Otis Quarantine Facility research and the biocontrol of EAB: key species involved, releases in MA and New England, current status, and measuring success. 

10:55 AM  Break

11:15 AM  Invasive Insects as Pests of Managed Landscapes
                 Gregory Hoover, Ornamental Entomologist (Retired), Pennsylvania State Department of Entomology   
Identification, life cycles, hosts, damage, and management of invasive insect pests of landscapes, such as: imported willow leaf beetle, viburnum leaf beetle, calico and Japanese maple scales, and European pine sawfly. 

12:10 PM  Lunch (on your own)

1:15 PM   Reduced Risk Strategies for Managing Landscape and Nursery Insect Pests
               Daniel Gilrein, Extension Entomologist, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County
This presentation will discuss important nursery pest insects and current reduced risk strategies to manage them, including organic and other unconventional alternatives. Invasive insects will be the focus, although some problematic native species may be highlighted as well. 
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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