Get more from your integrated pest management by attending our 2013 Academy

Join us at the 2013 IPM Academy for discussions about how to practice IPM to get a better harvest in a world of shifting weather.

Michigan State University Extension is pleased to announce the second annual Integrated Pest Management Academy (IPMA13). IPMA13 will take place February 19-20 at the Okemos Conference Center in Okemos, Mich.

IPMA13 will address the weather challenges of the 2012 production season with the help of Dr. Jonathan Comstock from Cornell University’s Department of Horticulture. Dr. Comstock will address shifting weather patterns and the related impacts affecting agricultural producers. Dr. Comstock is a climate change expert and is co-author of both the Agriculture and Ecosystems chapters of the recent New York ClimAID Report, which looks at climate change vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies. MSU experts will also be on hand to discuss irrigation, frost protection and changing weather patterns in Michigan.

On the second day of the event, participants will opt into two, half-day sessions on the topics of their choice. Morning sessions include:

  • Apple and Cherry IPM
  • Communicating About Climate Change
  • Conifer IPM
  • Scouting Techniques for Field Crops and Forages
  • Vegetable IPM

Afternoon sessions include:

  • Check it Out: MSU Resources for Hops, Saskatoons and Chestnuts
  • Deciduous Tree IPM
  • Emerging Issues in Field Crop Pesticide Resistance
  • IPM in Small Fruit Crops
  • Vegetable IPM

More information on what these sessions include.

You can help shape the program

Go to the Academy Topic Survey IPMA13 to make your voice heard and vote for the topic area you want to see covered! We’ll use the most popular ideas as we fine-tune the program and for planning the 2014 IPM Academy.

Register now – here’s what’s included

Participants will receive a notebook with program material and a complimentary IPM-related MSU bulletin. Michigan pesticide recertification credits will be available. The cost of this event is $225; please note that snacks, lunch and parking are included. Lodging is not included, but special rates are available.

Registration is open December 3 through February 12, but space is limited so learn more and register today. For more information, or to register by phone, please contact Erin Lizotte at 231-944-6504.

This program was developed with support from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of AgricultureNational Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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