Integrated Pest Management Workshop Series

— Written By Sara Runkel
en Español

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Integrated pest management, or IPM, is an ecosystem-based approach to managing pests on the farm. Through the use of a combination of strategies, pests and the damage they cause are managed for the long term. Correct identification and monitoring of pests are combined with techniques including biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties. Pesticides are used only after monitoring indicates they are needed according to established guidelines, and treatments are made with the goal of removing only the target organism.* 

In this five-part series, you will learn how to apply IPM principles to manage weeds, plant diseases, and insect pests on your farm. You will also have an opportunity to see IPM practices at work and learn new skills during an in-person on-farm field day.

The first four sessions will be held online via Zoom.

Beginning farmers and experienced farmers interested in learning more about IPM are encouraged to attend.

September 13, 2021, 4–5:30 p.m. Session 1: IPM – Plant Pests (Speaker: Dr. Tom Bilbo)

September 20, 2021, 4–5:30 p.m. Session 2: IPM – Plant Diseases (Speaker: Richard Boylan)

September 29, 2021, 4–5:30 p.m. Session 3: IPM – Weeds (Speaker: Sara Runkel)

October 4, 2021, 4–5:30 p.m. Session 4: Creating an IPM Plan for Your Farm (Speaker: Craig Mauney)

October 11, 2021, 4–6 p.m. Session 5: IPM Field Day – Hands-on IPM Activities, Scouting, Identification, and More (Farm in Yancey County TBD, Speakers: Sara Runkel & Craig Mauney)

* IPM definition and description from the UC IPM Program.

Cost: $15 (includes all 5 sessions)

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