Biological Control Workshop


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.

Confirmed speakers: 

Suzanne Wainwright, Buglady Consulting and Alison Kutz, Sound Horticulture

Panel moderator: 

Breanne Chavez, WA State Nursery & Landscape Association (WSNLA) 

Topics include:

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


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


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.

Training has been approved for continuing education credits:

WSDA Pesticide Applicator Credits: 5 for Wednesday and 3 for Thursday
Certified Professional Horticulturist Credits: 6 for Wednesday and 3 for Thursday
ecoPRO credits: 6 for Wednesday and 3 for Thursday

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, beneficial nematodes 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

Sponsored by: USDA Risk Management Agency  This is an equal opportunity event.
Additional support provided by: 


and Skagit Valley Food Co-op