Heidi Lindberg, the Greenhouse and Nursery Extension Educator with Michigan State University in West Olive, MI shared the following information regarding insect and disease management recommendations and programs for 2017.
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.
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
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
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
Do you grow ornamental, fruit, or vegetable plants in a greenhouse, high tunnel or other structure? If so, The Ohio State University would like to invite you to participate in an industry-wide survey on bioproducts at http://go.osu.edu/ghbioproducts. Your responses will provide valuable input to set research priorities and assist in the development of educational materials on bioproducts for the industry. The survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes of your time. For additional information, questions, or to receive a printed copy of the survey, please contact Beth Scheckelhoff, OSU Extension Educator for Greenhouse Systems at 419-592-0806 or at Scheckelhoff.firstname.lastname@example.org. The electronic survey can also be accessed with your smartphone or other device here: