UMass Extension: Invasive Insect Certification Classes Start Feb 2

UMass Extension’s
Invasive Insect Certification Program

Dates: February 2, 16, and March 2, 2017
Location: Hadley Farms Meeting House, Hadley, MA

See the full agenda at: http://ag.umass.edu/landscape/education-events/invasive-insect-certification-program

This three-day program will look at the characteristics of invasive insects, the impacts and costs they have regionally and nationwide, and highlight the biology, ecology, and identification of some of the most destructive insects including, but not limited, to: emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, winter moth, Asian longhorned beetle, hemlock woolly adelgid, spotted lanternfly, cynipid gall wasp, invasive scale insects, and more. Management of these insects in the landscape will include strategies to prevent human assisted movement. Integrated Pest Management will be the focus, highlighting cultural and mechanical management options along with the use of biological control.

Participants may receive a certificate in INVASIVE INSECT MANAGEMENT by attending all three sections and earning a passing score on a quiz following each class. Participants not interested in a certificate may also attend without taking the quizzes. Attendees are encouraged to take all three sessions in one season to get the most out of the information.

Cost: $90/ea class

Part 1 – The Impacts and Costs of Invasive Insects
Thursday, February 2, 2017 – 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
Four pesticide contact hours in categories 35, 36, and Applicators License. Association credits: 4.5 ISA, 2 MCLP, 1 MCH, 4 SAF, other associations pending.

Part 2 – Invasive Forest and Agricultural Insects in Massachusetts: Current and Future
Thursday, February 16, 2017 – 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
Three pesticide contact hours in categories 35, 36, and Applicators License. Association credits: 4.5 ISA, 2 MCLP, 1 MCH, 4 SAF, other associations pending.

Part 3Management of Invasive Forest and Landscape Insect Pests
Thursday, March 2, 2017 – 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
Three pesticide contact hours in categories 35, 36, and Applicators License. Association credits: 4.5 ISA, 2 MCLP, 1 MCH, 4 SAF, other associations pending.

To register or to see all of our upcoming events, go to ag.umass.edu/landscape/upcoming-events

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