Alfalfa Integrated Pest Management Workshop
When: Friday, February 22, 2013
Where: UC Riverside Palm Desert Center, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211
Who Should Attend: Pest Control Advisors, IPM Professionals, Alfalfa Producers and Managers, and Extension Professionals.
Cost: Early Registration–$65 (until Feb. 8), Regular Registration–$80 (until Feb. 21), On-Site Registration–$100.
- To provide a venue for training and an opportunity for interchange on current Integrated Pest Management knowledge, practices and approaches in alfalfa forage.
- To bring alfalfa producers and pest managers together with experts in entomology, plant pathology, nematology and production;
- To review current IPM knowledge and practices in these disciplines
- To provide the opportunity for interaction among participants in order to share best management approaches and identify key IPM issues
- To explore emerging and current regulatory and environmental issues as they relate to IPM in alfalfa
Why: Alfalfa forage occupies a prominent place in the landscape of California and Arizona. With over 1,000,000 acres under production, alfalfa provides a substantial and sustainable environmental footprint. In the face of environmental and economic issues, the need is now greater than ever to review IPM approaches, consider new research results, and share experiences between producers, pest managers and research communities.
This day-long workshop will focus on a wide diversity of pest organisms presented by experts from California and Arizona.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plays a pivotal role by evaluating the need to manage pests and diseases through sampling and assessment of pest population densities and for reviewing alternative management approaches that reduce the risk from pest and pest management activities. IPM takes the long view, looking for long-term solutions by understanding and managing the whole system, not just a single pest.
This workshop builds on the success of the 2009 Hands-on Diagnostic Workshop in Sparks NV and 2010 Managing Pests While Protecting the Environment workshop at the Keareny Ag Center. Using a similar approach, we will provide ample time for interaction between participants and the presenters and offer a well-rounded experience with lecture and hands-on activities.
This meeting is sponsored by UC Statewide IPM Program, California Alfalfa Workgroup and USDA-NIFA through an Extension IPM grant.