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Pest management training approaches

By Linda Breazeale
MSU Ag Communications

RAYMOND – Producers and consultants can register now to hear agricultural specialists address the management of a wide variety of pests during a daylong workshop on Feb. 12.

The annual pest management workshop will take place at Mississippi State University’s Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center auditorium in Raymond. Registration is $10 and begins at 8:30 a.m. The program begins at 9 a.m., and sessions will conclude by 4:30 p.m.

Speakers will cover topics such as tomato diseases, high-tunnel research, microgreens, wild pig management, strobilurin resistance and ornamental nutrient deficiencies. Another expert will address future regulations connected to good agricultural practices, such as the use of fertilizer and pesticides, and good hygiene practices, including harvest and postharvest handling of produce.

The program will serve as training and recertification for agricultural consultants as well as in-service training for county coordinators and area agents in Extension. Pending approval, the program will provide 4.5 hours of continuing education units in pest management under the Certified Crop Advisors Program.

For more information on the six-hour workshop, contact local Extension offices or David Ingram at (601) 857-2284 or davidi@ext.msstate.edu.

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Released: Jan.15, 2013
Contact: Dr. David Ingram, (601) 857-2284