Events

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You'll find us at the following upcoming events:

  • Biological Control Workshop

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    A Pest Management Workshop and Educational Tour/Demonstration
    Wednesday and Thursday June 14-15, 2017

    Join us for this workshop and educational tour/demonstration to learn approaches to manage common pests on nursery plants! This workshop and tour will train field and greenhouse growers in methods of biological control.

    Sponsored by: USDA Risk Management Agency  This is an equal opportunity event.
    Additional support provided by: Skagit Valley Food Co-op

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    Topics include:

    Critical thinking for using biocontrol, new research, attracting beneficial insects, biocontrol application methods and timing, and question and answer panel.

    Location:

    Washington State University Extension Building
    16650 WA-536, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

    Price:

    Both Days for $65
    Day 1 Only for $45
    Day 2 Only (half day) for $25
    Pre-register until one week before the event. Late Registration increases by $5 on June 7, and is only available based on space.
    Price includes lunch on both days, including a taco bar and salads.

    Day One Agenda (8:30am - 5:00pm):

    • Biocontrols: What we can control/What we can’t
    • Mites, thrips, aphids, gnats and weevils: What is working for growers
    • Tutorial on using microscopes for identification
    • Critical thinking for using biocontrol: Understanding your growing situation, what questions to ask a provider, fact from fiction
    • Discussion Panel: Checking your spray records, Getting your team involved, How to market and motivate
    • Crop Insurance Presentation
    • Lunch
    • Bug Out with Alison-Identification
    • Local Nursery Tour with bio control demonstration, including microbial dip, nematode and banker plants

    Day Two Agenda (8:30am - 1:30pm):

    • Introduction to local resources: NCAP/WSLNA/ecoPro
    • Solutions for Broad mites
    • Update on new research-apply critical thinking
    • Attracting beneficial insects
    • Hands on application methods of biocontrol agents: When to apply, what temperature, and how
    • Emerging Pest issues: What’s coming our way?
    • Lunch
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  • Bee Conscious Field Day

    A Pollinator and Beneficial Insect Habitat Field Day 

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    Where: St. John's Farm
    Address: 2222 S Johns Ave, Emmett, ID 83617-9411
    Date: July 18, 2017
    Time: 8:00am-3:00pm
    Price: $30 ahead of time, $35 at the door
    Features: Local organic Idaho fare- lunch, snacks, and drinks!

    Sponsors: Natural Resources Conservation Service

    Agenda:

    8:00 am – 8:15 am  Welcome
    8:15 am – 9:45 am  Habitat Assessment Demo
    9:45 am – 10:15 am  NRCS Funding Talk
    10:15 am – 10:30 am  Break + Set up for Solarization Demo
    10:30 am – 11:30 am  Soil Solarization Demo
    11:30 am – 12:30 pm  Lunch
    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm  Native Plant Talk
    1:30 pm – 2:15 pm  Beneficial Insect and Pollinator I.D. (A)
    2:15 pm – 2:30 pm  Break + Evaluations
    2:30 pm – 2:50 pm  Beneficial Insect and Pollinator I.D. (B)
    2:50 pm – 3:00 pm  Conclude + Raffle

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    Last summer, NCAP partnered with St. John’s Organic Farm to solarize a grassy meadow at this site and sow it with wildflower seed. This summer, we’ll observe its progress during our day-long field day, in which we’ll cover everything you need to know to establish your own pollinator habitat! We’ll cover site assessment, funding, site preparation, native plant selection, and insect monitoring and identification. You’ll leave knowing everything you need to know to do it yourself!

     

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