UMass Extension Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture Program

Invasive Pest Update

Event date/time: 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Place: 
Publick House

Cost: $55 per person; $45 per person for three or more registrations from the same company. Morning coffee, refreshments and handouts included in registration.

Registration by Mail or On-line
Printable Program with Mail-in Registration Form
(pdf)

On-Line Registration using a credit card
(Note: There is an additional service fee for credit card transactions)

For professional landscapers, garden center employees, horticulture retailers, roadside stands, master gardeners and other horticultural professionals.

Massachusetts has a long and storied history of invasive insects, dating back to the 1860s with gypsy moth. Get on top of the latest and anticipated arrivals! This is a refresher on recognizing invasive weeds, insects and diseases found in landscapes in Massachusetts, how these invasive pests are regulated, and how these regulations affect you and your business.

8:30 – 9:00   Registration, Coffee and Muffins

9:00 – 9:50  Update on Invasive Weeds
Randall Prostak, University of Massachusetts Extension
Learn to identify the most recent invasive plants in Mass and what to do if you find them.

9:50 – 10:40   Invasive Insect Pests: Asian Longhorned beetles, Brown Marmorated stink bug, Emerald Ash Borer, Viburnam Leaf Beetle, Winter Moth and Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
Bob Childs, University of Massachusetts Extension
Massachusetts has a long history of invasive insects. Join us as Bob talks about our most current exotic insects to watch for, what has been done thus far and the work that still lies ahead.

10:40 – 10:55 Break

10:55 – 11:45 Quarantines, Regulations and Reporting
Jennifer Forman-Orth, State Plant Pest Survey Specialist, Mass Department of Agricultural Resources
Learn about the regulations governing invasive pests like Asian longhorned beetle and emerald ash borer
and what it means to have a quarantine in place. Explore the history of the Massachusetts Prohibited Plant
List and why certain invasive plants are banned from use in our state. Understand the process that occurs
when a new invasive pest is discovered, including what agencies are involved and why it is important for
these pests to be reported promptly.

11:45 – 12:15   Update on Invasive Diseases
Bess Dicklow, University of Massachusetts Extension
Bess will update us on the status of invasive diseases in Massachusetts including Ralstonia,
Chrysanthemum White Rust, Oak Wilt, Potato Wart, Boxwood Blight and more.

12:15 – 12:45   Impatiens Downy Mildew and Alternatives to Garden Impatiens
Tina Smith, University of Massachusetts Extension
Impatiens Downy Mildew is a new problem in Massachusetts landscapes. Learn to recognize this
important disease and steps you should take, if you find it. Discover alternative plant options in place of garden impatiens.

4 Pesticide contact hours for categories 26, 29, 31, 36 and applicator license
Credits for MCA, MCLP, MCH, NOFA

Contact's name: 
Tina Smith
Contact's phone: 
413-545-5306
Contact's email: 
Location: 
277 Main St.
Rte. 131
Sturbridge, MA 01566
United States
277 Main St. Rte. 131 Sturbridge MA