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Pest & Production Management Conference

PPMC 2015

Feb. 19-21, 2015, Orlando, Fla.


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Here's a look at our last P&PMC:

Download 2014 Brochure

2014 Schedule of Events

2014 Fees and Deadlines

2014 Tabletop Exhibits

2014 CEU Credits

2014 Conference Coordinators

Jan Hall
Target Specialty Products

Aaron J. Palmateer, Ph.D.
University of Florida

Cristi Palmer, Ph.D.
The IR-4 Project

Steve Tjosvold
University of California Cooperative Extension

Lucia Villavicencio, Ph.D.
Altman Plants/The Center for Applied Horticultural Research. 

P&PMC 2014: Schedule


Thursday                   Friday                  Saturday


12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Optional Growing Operations Tour*

Join us as we tour local growing operations for a first hand look at their production and pest management practices. This is a great way to learn from your fellow growers and pick up valuable tips for your operation. *Additional Fee Required. Box lunch and transportation provided.

Plug Connection
Established in 1987, Plug Connection was the West Coast’s first ornamental young plant specialist. Today Plug Connection is one of the largest young plant producers in the country. Plug Connection has helped growers tap into an innovative network of partners and the best resources to develop powerful plant programs that deliver a steady stream of green.

EuroAmerican Propagators, Inc. was founded in 1992, specializing in new and innovative plants, and is a leading supplier of the number one plant brand, Proven Winners®, to commercial growers throughout North America. EuroAmerican’s current hilltop location in Bonsall, California boasts 55 acres of land with an extensive production space, research and development area and a large trialing station.

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Networking Reception and Table Top Showcase
Chat with growers, researchers and educators as you tour tabletop displays of the latest crop production products, tools and services. Talk directly with suppliers and get expert advice about their products’ benefits and effective use within your growing operation. (The Table Top Showcase will be open during all networking breaks and lunch on Saturday, so there will be plenty of time to chat with exhibitors.)

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8:00 a.m. – 8:10 a.m.


8:10 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Stop the Crop Jumpers! Veggie/Ornamental Cross Overs

Margery Daughtrey, Cornell University
Lance Osborne, Ph.D., University of Florida: Mid-Florida Research and Education Center

Pathogens and pests don’t always know their place… they may move from one plant to another and jump back and forth between vegetable and ornamental crops. Learn how to manage diseases, including tomato spotted wilt virus and powdery mildews, and pests like whiteflies, mites, aphids and thrips to minimize damage and keep them from spreading across multiple crops.

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Break/Table Top Showcase

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

ABC’s of Fertilizers

Don Merhaut, Ph.D., University of California, Riversi

Fertilizers are good and useful; but sometimes they can interact with other chemicals or production practices in unexpected ways — or even be gone from media by the time you plant. Find out how to avoid problems and get the best “bang for your buck.”

Hands-on Breakout Sessions

Test your working knowledge and practice your diagnostic and scouting skills using live samples and real-world tools during in-depth breakout sessions. Each of these small-group, hands-on sessions repeats four times so you’ll have time to rotate through all of them.

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions Round 1

Breakout A: Pesticide Product Labels: What the Label States…. And Doesn’t State  

Kathie Kalmowitz, Ph.D., BASF Specialty Products
Every US EPA registered product used for crop protection has a label — written by research scientists and approved by the US EPA — with specific instructions on its environmentally safe use, how to protect the workers who handle it, rates for effective control of target pests, application specifics and more. Learn about the information you should find on a label, how various companies present it and the different types of labels in the marketplace, and hear about the new Global Harmonization requirements.

Breakout B: Pest Identification  

Jim Bethke, University of California Cooperative Extension
Lance Osborne, Ph.D., University of Florida: Mid-Florida Research and Education Center
Are you looking at a Bagrada Bug or a Whitefly? Can you tell a Chilli Thrips from Western Flower Thrips? Know Duponchelia fovealis when you see it? Get hands-on practice and help with your detection and identification skills … along with tips on how to deal with the problem once you’ve identified it.

Breakout C: Disease Identification  

Margery Daughtrey, Cornell University
Aaron Palmateer, Ph.D., University of Florida
Jan Hall, Target Specialty Products
Is your plant disease a powdery mildew or a downy one … root rot or vascular wilt … bacterial or fungal? Learn how to tell some of the most common diseases apart and get practice using test kits to diagnose plant viruses.

Breakout D: Weed Identification 

Cheryl Wilen, Ph.D., University of California Cooperative Extension
We need to know what the problem is before we can solve it. This session will help you identify weeds in production areas, understand the best times to control them, and learn how to take advantage of the weed’s biology to reduce its impact.

11:20 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Breakout Sessions Round 2 (REPEAT)

12:05 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.AFE logo


Sponsored by American Floral Endowment


1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Regulation: Chemical Tools: the Law, the Regulations, and What’s Special in California?

Kathleen Boyle, CA Department of Pesticide Regulation, Enforcement Branch
Get up to date on all the latest information you need to be sure you’re in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations covering the chemical and biochemical tools you use in your production facility. The session will also touch on registration issues — what’s coming and what’s being lost — and discuss products (like surfactants) on which OSHA, not EPA, has the lead.

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Legal Requirements for Growing !

Travis Elder, San Diego County Department of Agriculture, Weights & Measures
Get an overview of California’s nursery, flower grower, and retail location licensing laws, rules, best practices and recommendations. Learn more about importing foreign (both international and interstate) material, quarantine hold rules, pesticide treatments, exporting foreign material, pesticide treatments, certifications, and import permits. The current quarantines affecting Southern California flower growers: LBAM, ACP and others also will be covered.

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Break/Table Top Showcase

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions Round 3 (REPEAT)

4:20 p.m. – 5:05 p.m.

Breakout Sessions Round 4 (REPEAT)

5:05 p.m. – 5:35 p.m.

Orchid Production, Diseases & Insects

Aaron Palmateer, Ph.D., University of Florida
Get up to date on commercial orchid production and its most economically important genera. Find out about common diseases, insect pests, and disorders affecting orchids, how to identify them and the latest recommendations for pest and disease management.

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8:00 a.m. – 8:05 a.m.

Intro: Unintended Consequences

8:05 a.m. – 8:35 a.m.

Application Technology: How to Get Results

Kurt Becker, Dramm Corporation
Are you applying chemicals correctly to prevent waste and still get the results you want? Get tips on when to use what, how to review patterns of droplet deposition on leaves, and discuss when it’s best to use a sprayer, drenches or foggers.

8:35 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.

Spider Mites: How to Develop a Mite Management Plan

Lance Osborne, Ph.D., University of Florida: Mid Florida Research & Education Center
Management plans have been developed for whiteflies, and for chilli thrips … now let’s look at spider mites! They can be a big problem, if you’re not managing them. Hear the latest research results, and learn how to develop an effective spider mite management plan for your production.

9:05 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Pesticide Resistance: Rotational Strategies Panel

Aaron Palmateer, Ph.D., University of Florida
Jim Bethke, University of California Cooperative Extension
Cheryl Wilen, Ph.D., University of California Cooperative Extension
What happens when the tools that you have relied upon do not work any longer? How can you prevent that from happening? This panel discussion will help sharpen your skills at avoiding the dreaded development of chemical and biochemical resistance.

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Eriophyid Mites on Ornamental Plants

Jim Bethke, University of California Cooperative Extension
Lucia Villavicencio, Ph.D., Center for Applied Horticulture Research
Learn how to identify the symptoms of damage from Eriophyid mites and get the latest guidelines for controlling this important ornamentals pest.

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Break/Table Top Showcase

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

The Propagator – Customer Relationship: Communication and Cooperation – What Do Propagators Recommend To Their Customers?

Gregg Opgenorth, Plug Connection
Fred Ceballos, EuroAmerican
Growers expect great plants from the propagators — and the propagators do their best to provide them! But what is the customer’s responsibility? And if there’s a problem, what should happen? Are there other recommendations that propagators make to their customers? Here’s your chance to hear their advice and ask questions!

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

What Turned the Bedding Plant Industry Topsy-Turvy: Impatiens Downy Mildew

Margery Daughtrey, Cornell University
This disease, though relatively new to the bedding plant industry, has walloped the sales of impatiens in some areas of the country. Find out what you can expect from this disease in the future, and learn what to tell your customers about it. Margery will cover the history, biology and management of this incredibly damaging downy mildew.

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Light Brown Apple Moth Management

Steve Tjosvold, University of California Cooperative Extension
Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) is an important regulated invasive pest in California with one of the widest host ranges of any insect. Learn about LBAM identification, biology, management strategies and systemic insecticide efficacy trials.

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch/Table Top Showcase

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Insects/Pathogen Complexes

John Kabashima, Ph.D., University of California Cooperative Extension
Insect/pathogen complexes such as PSHB/Fusarium, GWSS/Xylella and the ACP/HLB are presenting greater challenges to regulatory agencies, the ornamentals industry and organic production. Get latest information on the research and status of these pests and real world attempts to deal with them.

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Biological Treatment of Captured Runoff: Slow Sand Filtration

Lauren Oki, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Slow sand filtration (SSF) can remove pathogens from runoff water to be reused for irrigation. SSFs require infrequent maintenance, low energy inputs, and no additional chemicals; however, there is a large initial installation cost. The presentation will discuss removal of Phytophthora spp. and tobacco mosaic virus and lack of removal of Fusarium oxysporum.

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Scale Insects, Mealybugs and How to Keep Them From Moving to Your Customers

Jim Bethke, University of California Cooperative Extension
Good news: there are ways to avoid sending scale insects and mealybugs to your customers! Hear the results of the latest research on different methods of dealing with those difficult hard scale insects which have come in from South America. Learn new ways of dealing with invasive mealybugs, including steam, hot water and pesticides.

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

IR-4 Updates: The New Research Priorities & Adventures with Bio-Pesticides

Cristi Palmer, Ph.D., The IR-4 Project
Learn about the new research priorities established at the recent Ornamental Horticulture workshop. The session will highlight new bio-pesticides and the challenges in developing these new tools alongside conventional materials.

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The “Systems Approach” and Certification: Where Are We?

Lin Schmale, Society of American Florists
Joe Bischoff, Ph.D., AmericanHort
The concept of using best management practices and critical control points to create a systems approach to nursery and greenhouse certification has grown rapidly since P&PMC attendees were introduced to it last year. Learn how the effort has advanced — and why more regulators are calling for its adoption.

3:30 p.m.

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