Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Integrated Pest Management for Beginning Farmers Workshop

This hands-on intensive IPM workshop is designed to help beginning farmers learn about IPM and to see IPM as a sustainable approach to pest control that provides a variety of tactics to prevent, avoid or suppress weeds, insects and crop diseases, while protecting human health, the environment, and the profitability of agriculture. For this workshop, emphasis will be on management of insect pests but some common diseases will be discussed.

Specific objectives: As a result of this workshop participants will:
1.      Understand the importance of pest identification,  action thresholds, and pest monitoring tools and techniques
2.      Identify the components of an IPM program including preventive practices, biological control, behavioral control, physical, and cultural controls

There will be four locations across the state:

July 25-26—Lincoln University’s Carver Farm, 3804 Bald Hill Road, Jefferson City, MO

July 30-31—Warren County Extension Center, 107 W. Walton, Warrenton, MO

August 1-2—Lincoln University’s Urban Impact Center, Kansas City, MO

August 21-22—Southwest Research Center, 14548 Highway H, Mt. Vernon, MO

Due to the nature of the hands-on activities, registration will be limited to the first 15 people to register and pay.  The cost of the workshop is $30/person which includes one lunch, breaks, handout materials, Identifying Diseases of Vegetables book and IPM sample materials.  To register, you need to call 573-882-3776 to reserve your spot and then mail your check made out to University of Missouri to Sharon Naylor, University of Missouri, 205 Gentry Hall, Columbia MO 65211.  For questions about the workshop, email kellyd@missouri.edu

Below is a draft agenda for the workshops.  Please note that each workshop location will be slightly different to cater to that specific location.


Day 1

 9:30 amRegistration

10:00 am—Introductions of instructors and participants, workshop overview, and survey

10:30 am—What is IPM? Discussion of challenges and examples of successes with IPM

11:00 am—The PAMS Approach: PREVENTION (focus on pest-free seeds and transplants and sanitation)


1:00 pmThe PAMS Approach: AVOIDANCE (emphasis on trap crops to reduce/avoid insecticide use)

2:00 pmThe PAMS Approach: MONITORING (emphasis on insect ID, thresholds, monitoring tools)

3:00 pmBreak

3:15 pmHands-on activity (deployment of monitoring traps and trap crop plants the field)

4:30 pmThe PAMS Approach: SUPPRESION I (focus on cultural practices and physical controls)

5:30 pmAdjourn

Day 2

8:30 amThe PAMS Approach: SUPPRESION II (focus on the pests’ natural enemies - with live demo)

9:30 amThe PAMS Approach: SUPPRESION III (introduction to pesticides and biopesticides)

10:15 amBreak

10:35 amHands-on activity (inspection of traps and evaluation of trap crop plants the field, data recording)

11:15 am—Data summary and group discussion of field results

12:00 pm—Workshop review and evaluations

12:20 pmWorkshop adjourns

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