Save The Date for 2018 Greenhouse Management Workshop (Feb 8&9)

GREENHOUSE MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP:  Hydroponics

Date: February 8-9, 2018
Location: OARDC/OSU Wooster, Ohio

Topics (fundamental and advanced tracks):

  • Humidity management
  • Lighting
  • Food safety
  • Balancing inputs to optimize quality
  • Strawberry production

Tours:

  • OARDC/OSU greenhouse research
  • Commercial greenhouse

Speakers include Dr. Chieri Kubota, Dr. Beth Scheckelhoff, Dr. Uttara Samarakoon, Mr. Mark Kroggel, and Dr. Peter Ling

Details will be posted at:

 

Free WPS Workshops!!!

OSU’s Pesticide Education Safety Program is offering free WPS workshops that provide employers and managers what they need to bring their WPS program in compliance with the new requirements, including changes in training, restrictions during applications, personal protective equipment, decontamination supplies, recordkeeping, and more.  Several workshops are scheduled in the next few weeks (WPS workshops flyer). Please click on one of the following dates to register!

March 13, 2017:  Scarff’s Nursery & Landscape, New Carlisle, OH

March 23, 2017:  Toledo Zoo, Toledo, OH, 9:30 to 12:30 PM

March 27, 2017:  OSU 4-H Center, Columbus, OH, 9:30 to 12:30 PM

April 13, 2017:  Lake County Education Service Center, Painesville, OH, 2:30 to 5 PM

Calling All Private Pesticide Applicators

Are you a licensed private pesticide applicator in Ohio? If so, it is that time of year to review your applicator recertification status and determine if you need to attend recertification classes before March 31 or retest. The Ohio Department of Agriculture provides private applicators two options to keep their license current: 1.) retest every three years or 2.) attend three hours of recertification classes every three years. The three hours of recertification classes must include:

1 hour (minimum) of core + 1/2 hour (minimum) of credit in every category on license + additional training in any category of approved pesticide applicator training = 3 total hours (minimum) of recertification training   

To check the status of your pesticide applicator license, please go to: http://www.agri.ohio.gov/apps/odaprs/pestfert-prs-ols.aspx?ols=rg. Enter your last name and pesticide applicator license number. The website will then give you a summary of the credits you have earned and those still needed, including category types and expiration date. If you need help, please email or call me.

Help…my license expires this year!  There are many opportunities to attend private recertification classes around the state this winter and early spring. Many of these programs offer core in addition to all the remaining private categories, including 5p (Greenhouse). To check the program dates, times, and locations, please visit: http://pested.osu.edu/Private_recert. Click on each group of counties to see a list of classes in that region. The website is updated as new programs are scheduled.

Can’t make one of these programs? Contact your local county extension office to inquire about viewing recertification videos for the categories needed and any fees that may apply.

Upcoming Educational Opportunities

As the holidays approach and poinsettias hit the market, educational events in Ohio hit the ground running! Here are a few opportunities that you might be interested in attending:

50th Annual Ohio Turfgrass Foundation Conference and Show with the OSU Green Industry Short Course

December 5-8, 2016
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, OH

For 50 years, the OTF Conference & Show has offered quality education close to home. Our partnership with the OSU Green Industry Short Course has strengthened the conference by introducing more opportunities to increase your knowledge of trees and ornamentals. Whether you manage turf, trees or anything in between, the education conference is a can’t miss event for the serious professional.

For details and registration information, please visit: http://www.otfshow.org/home

Midwest Green Industry Xperience (MGIX) 2017 from the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association

January 16-18, 2017
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, OH

MGIX 2017 features:

  • More than 90 education sessions led by national speakers comprise a wide variety of topics, from business and marketing best practices to design, irrigation, and lighting trends. Educators from The Ohio State University lead 24 sessions focused on horticulture, pest and disease management, and industry research.
  • Pre-conference sessions on Sunday, January 15 include Perennial Plant Association’s Annual P.L.A.N.T. Seminar, Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement Specialist Course by ICPI, and Landscape Business BootCamp by Greenmark Consulting.

For details and registration information, please visit: www.mgix2017.com

 

2016 NW Ohio Greenhouse Winter Conference

Please join OSU Extension, Maumee Valley Growers Association, and USDA-ARS for the 2016 Greenhouse Winter Conference in NW Ohio!  Located in Delta, OH, the program includes a tour of Schmidlin Greenhouse and their new tomato growing operation and solar array, 1 hour of private CORE re-certification, 1 hour private Category 5 re-certification, lessons from a Kentucky food hub, and catered lunch. Please see the attached flyer for registration details and the RSVP deadline.

Program

  • 8:15       Registration and coffee
  • 8:30       Tour of Schmidlin Greenhouse – Don Schmidlin
  • 9:00       Schmidlin Solar Project and USDA-REAP Funding – Mike Litman, Sunlit Solar
  • 9:30       Pesticide Applicator and WPS Updates – Beth Scheckelhoff, OSUE (1 h private CORE)
  • 10:30     Research updates for greenhouse application – Jennifer Boldt , USDA-ARS (1 h private Category 5)
  • 11:30      Lessons Learned from a Food Hub – Lilian Brislen of Food Connection
  • 12:30      Lunch and depart

 

For additional information, please click here: 2016 Winter Conference Flyer