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Sustainable Pest Control Conference Coming

Workshops will address "Incorporating Sustainable Agricultural Practices into a Comprehensive Integrated Pest Management program," and "Assessing Operational Sustainability from a Pest Management Perspective."

The California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and Cal Poly’s Sustainable Agriculture Resource Consortium will co-sponsor a two-day conference on sustainable pest control for agricultural consultants and growers on Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2, in San Luis Obispo.

Workshops on Dec. 1 will address incorporating sustainable agricultural practices into a comprehensive Integrated Pest Management program. The Dec. 2 agenda will feature a workshop on “Assessing Operational Sustainability from a Pest Management Perspective” at the beautiful Castoro Cellars winery in Templeton. Continuing education units are available for participants.

The conference offers a wealth of information on biologically integrated Pest control, including updates on pesticide resistance management strategies, non-toxic vertebrate pest control, beneficial soil organisms, new IPM programs offered through the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), important regulatory issues and risk reduction strategies for certified organic operations.

The topic of this year’s annual round table presentation will be Vertebrate Pest Control. The discussion will be led by Senior Public Health Biologist Richard Davis, UCCE Farm Advisor Rachel Long and Josh Reilly, Santa Cruz County IPM coordinator. The tools and methods featured at this event will benefit conventional and organic growers alike.

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