Online Winter School for Ornamental Growers Offered January 26, 2021

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Fraser firs at Panoramic View Christmas Tree Farm in Watauga County, outside Boone.

N.C. Cooperative Extension of Yancey County is offering a free educational program for new and experienced commercial ornamental growers in Yancey County and surrounding counties. The program will include an update about boxwood blight management, an introduction to Christmas tree production, and a Christmas tree IPM update. Integrated pest management (IPM) is the best way to manage pests in Christmas trees over the long term. Learn what practices are important and how to implement them on your farm.

The following pesticide credits have been approved for this program:

D : 2
L : 0.5
N : 2
O : 1.5
X : 2

January 26, 5:30–8 p.m.


(A computer, smartphone, or tablet with internet and speakers is required)

Pre-registration required by January 25, 2021

Register online:

or by calling:


Once you register you will receive an e-mail with a link to the Zoom meeting and instructions to connect.

Agenda and Speakers:

5:30–5:40 p.m. – Welcome & Introductions

David Davis, CED, N.C. Cooperative Extension of Yancey County & Sara Runkel, Agriculture Agent, N.C. Cooperative Extension of Yancey County

5:40–6:20  p.m. – Boxwood Blight

Amanda Taylor, Area Specialized Agent Nursery and Greenhouse Western Region, N.C. Cooperative Extension

6:20–6:30 p.m. – Break

6:30–7:10 p.m. – Introduction to Christmas Tree Production

Jerry Moody, CED & Agriculture Agent, N.C. Cooperative Extension of Avery County

7:10–7:50 p.m. – Christmas Tree IPM Update

Dr. Jill Sidebottom, Area Extension Forestry Specialist, N.C. Cooperative Extension

7:50–8 p.m. – Final Q&A and Evaluation 

For more information contact Sara Runkel – 828-682-1873 or

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Sara RunkelExtension Agent, Agriculture Call Sara E-mail Sara N.C. Cooperative Extension, Yancey County Center
Updated on Jan 22, 2021
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