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

2015 Greenhouse Growers Expo features sessions on diverse topics

The 2015 Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo, in coordination with the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo, will feature numerous sessions for greenhouse floriculture and vegetable growers. The Greenhouse Growers Expo will be held Dec. 8-9, 2015, at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Highlights of this year’s conference will include information on production practices, how to become more profitable and reduce inputs, and how to grow niche crops.

Entry-level employees will learn the fundamentals of floriculture crop production from Roberto Lopez of Purdue University. The session will be offered in Spanish and English. Growers and assistant growers will also be interested in:

  • Grower experiences with insect biocontrol for spring crops – a panel presentation
  • Greenhouse disease control update
  • Greenhouse insect control update and the latest neonicotinoid research results
  • Growing leafy greens and herbs in hydroponic systems
  • Keys to successful containerized herb production

Owners or general managers of greenhouse businesses will be interested in sessions on how to boost their profits, cut their input costs and learn how to manage their businesses. Owners or managers will be interested in:

  • How I grew my business: Recent adaptations we’ve made to stay competitive and profitable – a panel presentation
  • Conventional lamps or LEDs? Factors you should consider
  • Boomers or bust? Drawing GenX and GenY to the garden center
  • Marketing strategies for novices, intermediates and experts
  • Best performing annuals from the 2015 Michigan Garden Plant Tour
  • How to reduce your fertilizer use
  • MSU floriculture research update
  • Transitioning your business
  • Are using good bugs a cost-effective strategy for controlling insect pests of spring crops?
  • Labor sessions: Review of seasonal labor supply for Michigan specialty crops, H2A and MIOSHA consultation
  • Family business workshop: The Top Ten Mistakes that Break up a Family Business (Dec. 10)

In addition to the two talks on containerized herbs and leafy greens, greenhouse vegetable growers will be interested in the following sessions in the vegetable and general interests track:

  • Prepare now, sweat less later: Key elements of greenhouse sanitation
  • Cucumber production
  • Pollination in the greenhouse
  • Leafy greens production
  • Food safety: FSMA final rules, environmental sampling in packhouses, sanitizer options for dunk tanks
  • Food safety workshop (three-hour, hands-on workshop on Dec. 10, additional $25)

For an overview of the educational sessions at the Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo, visit the 2015 Greenhouse Growers Expo website. Visit the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo website for additional information, including the large trade show and how to register.