Sierra Nevada Brewery’s farm manager to headline IPM Academy’s hops session Feb. 20-21

Hop growers or those interested in growing hops won’t want to miss Lau Ackerman’s hop session at MSU’s IPM Academy.

Do you have questions on the best way to manage pests, diseases and weeds in hops? Well look no further and learn directly from one of the best in the United States, the man responsible for managing Sierra Nevada’s estate grown hops – Lau Ackerman.

Lau Ackerman, Sierra Nevada’s farm manager from Chico, Calif., will headline MSU’s first annual Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Academy’s hops session. You will have the chance to learn specific control strategies for reducing pest and disease issues in hops and one of the major issues in hop production – weed control. You will also learn how to develop a detailed scouting plan that can save you time and money. This course will give you a great head-start if you already have plants in the ground or are just considering planting. Moreover, you will have the chance to network with other hops growers and researchers across Michigan.

So don’t delay, sign up now to learn firsthand from Lau Ackerman the most successful craft brewery in the United States. Hurry, as space is limited to assure a quality workshop.

The Academy will be held February 20-21 at the Kellogg Hotel and

Conference Center in East Lansing, Mich. Registration for this information-packed, two-day program is only $225 when you register before February 13.

Registration includes a notebook with handouts, breakfast, lunch, parking and Wi-Fi connection both days. Certified crop advisor credits (9) and pesticide recertification credits (16) will be available. Certified Green Industry Professional continuing education credits (7) will also be available.

Preregistration is required and space is limited. Visit the IPM Academy website to access the registration page and learn more about the program, ordownload theIPM Academy agenda. For more information or to register by mail, contact Erin Lizotte at 231-944-6504.

For more information on MSU’s IPM Academy, read “IPM Academy to offer continuing education credits” and “Interested in sustainable pest management? Try the IPM Academy.”

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