Some of you may be interested in attending or sharing the opportunity. 

Julie Cotton, M.S.

Academic Specialist
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
Michigan State University
A264 Plant and Soil Science Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

517-355-0271 ext. 1156


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Subject: Registration Open for 2014 Integrated Pest Management Academy!
Date: December 19, 2013 at 4:22:30 PM EST
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Registration now open for the 2014 Integrated Pest Management Academy!

Looking to brush up on your pest management skills? Register now to ensure your spot at this pioneering workshop designed to serve specialty crop, field crop and landscape professionals.


Michigan State University Extension is pleased to announce that the 3rd annual Integrated Pest Management Academy will be held February 18-19 at the Okemos Conference Center in Okemos Michigan (located just outside of East Lansing).  The 2014 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Academy is a two day workshop packed full of information to help you improve your integrated pest management practices on farm and take advantage of all the great resources Michigan State University has to offer.  The presenters at this program include a number of MSU’s best and brightest research and extension faculty, offering a rare opportunity to hear from experts working in a variety of disciplines and cropping systems at a single event.  The first day of the program will cover fundamental topics including: IPM strategies for disease and insect control; promoting and protecting pollinators; alternative weed control strategies; pesticide basics; the impacts of weather on pesticides; invasive pests; and IPM resources from MSU. On the second day of the workshop participants opt into two, half-day sessions focused on the topic of their choice.  This year, the day two sessions include the following options:


Morning Sessions

  • Soil health: What is it, Why is it Important, and How Can it be Managed? 
    Soil is one of the most important, but often the ignored components of successful plant production. Understanding the importance of soil management and how soil interacts with nutrients, water and pesticides will be explored during this session. Attendees are encouraged to bring soil test results to get a personal recommendation for their site and crops.  This a cross commodity session, everyone’s welcome.
  • Landscape Design and IPM: Getting it Right from the Start 
    Many landscape plant problems are rooted in poor design or poor plant selection. This session will feature a discussion on landscape design, placement and selection of ornament plants and their implications when dealing with pest management in landscapes. This session may be of interest to landscape professionals or backyard enthusiasts.
  • Stewardship of Pesticides in Michigan Field Crops
    Farmers use many tools to manage weeds, insects and diseases in their cropping system.  Still, chemical controls are often favored for their ability to provide efficient and effective crop protection.  This session will offer an overview of the many pesticide options available to field crop producers, discuss their modes of action and highlight management strategies that can be used to limit the development of pesticide resistance as well as practices that can be used to manage pest populations that already exhibit resistance. 
  • Hops: Getting Started
    The morning hop session will cover an introduction to hops, soils and site selection, understanding soil and tissue testing, variety selection, trellising, irrigation and establishment costs.


Afternoon sessions

  • Hop Management
    The afternoon hop session will cover planting and training hops, fertilizer and nutrient requirements, common insect mite and disease problems, scouting for insects and diseases, weed management, and harvesting and processing hops.
  • Ecologically-Based Fruit Pest Management
    Growing fruit can be an input intensive, challenging endeavor. Session participants will learn about ecologically sound preventative pest actions, pest management approaches, and horticultural practices that can help lessen the challenge of growing fruit.
  • Managing Pests in Diverse Vegetable Rotations 
    Michigan growers produce a wide diversity of vegetables at many different scales, which are challenged by a sometimes overwhelming diversity of insect, disease and weed pests. This session aims to introduce conventional and organic growers to an integrated set of control tactics—including cultural, chemical, mechanical and biological approaches—that can be used to manage pests in an economically and environmentally sound way.
  • Solving the Puzzle: IPM Planning and Implementation for Real-world Field Crops Systems
    Integrated pest management makes sense on paper, but how do you fit this broad philosophy into a real-world cropping system? In this session we will discuss how to develop a farm IPM plan that encourages pest management decisions that focus on maintaining efficiency and maximizing profitability. In addition, a panel of farmers will share with participants how they have successfully incorporated IPM principles into their farm plans.
  • Emerging Pest Problems of Michigan Landscapes
    New or invasive pests can cause significant economic and ecological damage. This session will review current and potential pest problems to Michigan landscapes such as oak wilt, hemlock woolly adelgid, thousand canker disease, Asian longhorn beetle and more.



The cost of this event is $225.  Please note that snacks, lunch and parking are included. Participants also receive a notebook with program material and a complimentary IPM-related MSU bulletin. Michigan pesticide recertification credits will be available, the exact number will be based on session selection but participants can expect at least 6 credits (private or commercial core available). For more information on the program, a full agenda or registration visit .  For more information or to register by phone contact Betsy Braid at [log in to unmask] or 517-884-7081.


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


MSU Extension programs and material are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, or veteran status. Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the Betsy Braid at 517-884-7081 two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.


Erin Lizotte

Integrated Pest Management Educator

Michigan State University Extension, Suite 400

401 N. Lake Street

Cadillac, MI 49601

Phone (231)944-6504

Fax (231)779-9105

Skype: erinlizotte


MSU Extension programs and material are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, or veteran status.


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