Thursday, August 12, 2010

Pesticide Education and IPM at Nebraska City

Last week the Pesticide Education Office here at UNL hosted the North Central Region Pesticide Education and Certification Workshop (NCRPECW) at the Lied Lodge in beautiful Nebraska City, home of Arbor Day. We had great presentations about stormwater runoff, phosphine, atrazine and keeping pesticides off nontarget sites, NPDES, online Pesticide Safety Education Program training, social media, Camtasia, Sensitive crop locator, IPM in Iowa schools, and many other relevant and interesting topics to North Central Region university extension and state lead agency colleagues.

On Wednesday we did a tour of the Arbor Day Farm and Kimmel Orchard, where we saw a variety of Nebraska alternative agriculture such as hazelnuts, woody florals, grapes, peaches, and apples. Some also visited the Whiskey Run Creek winery where there is an old cave that has been refurbished from the days of prohibition!

We received many compliments about the location, the food, and the conference and we thank everyone for coming!

After the NCRPECW, Clyde and I remained at the Lied Lodge and attended the annual North Central Region IPM Working group meeting, which included a walkthrough of NE City schools, with whom we may do a future demonstration project.

Overall a very productive and informative week!

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