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Speaker: Allan Armitage
As an industry, we get too focused on the soil, the fertilizer, the design and the function without realizing people want to have fun with our plants. To most consumers, plants provide pleasure and function, people don’t want to be serious about them. Perhaps we need to feed this lighter side of what we do when we talk about plants to our staff and to customers. We can sell, market and enjoy our plants if we can tell a few stories that make others smile. Is there really a “wort” anyway? Speaking of… does a toad lily really cause warts? “Tell me the facts, I forget, tell me the story, I remember”.
Speaker: Kelly Vance
Whether it’s Broad Mite in begonias, Cyclamen Mites in begonias or Russet Mites in tomatoes, these “micro mites” can cause serious damage to many crops before they are detected. With most averaging 1/100th of an inch, these mites can infest crops before many growers even notice their damage. In this session, we’ll cover basic biology on the key mites that threaten crops in the Pacific Northwest, inspection and quarantine of incoming plant material, scouting crops for early warning signs, and biological control programs focusing on prevention of these destructive, yet commonly-overlooked pests.
Speaker: Steve Black
In 2015 Raemelton Farm became the first and only nursery in the United States to sell USDA Certified ORGANIC B&B trees. The Organic market is no longer a hippie thing; and cost efficient organic ornamental production requires cutting edge science and technology. This presentation will explain the marketing value of, and financial rational for going organic. Organic field production requires very different cultural practices, record keeping, and management. The talk will cover Raemelton’s techniques for pest and weed control, soil conservation, and farm management.
Speaker: Andony Melathopoulos
Concerns around bee health over the past decade have been widely felt across horticulture industries. This seminar focus on practical steps to safely use pesticides around pollinators and tips on how to market your services and products to capture this concern and turn it into revenue. The talk will also outline an initiative in Oregon to showcase horticultural industries to consumers as bee-friendly; the Showcase Farm and Oregon Innovators program.
Speaker: Ali Noorani
Illustrating the National Immigration Forum’s work with conservative and moderate faith, law enforcement and business leaders, Ali will discuss the value and importance of immigrants to the American economy and various industries, including the agricultural sector. He will discuss how local communities and economies across the US benefit from immigrants, and the cultural and political context of today’s immigration debate.
Speaker: Dr. Allan M. Armitage
Dr. A will chat about trends in the marketplace including the importance of annuals and perennials as well as some shrubs (after all, Deutzia and Hydrangeas are perennials, aren’t they?). He will look at some of the tried and true as well as what the breeders are excited about. He may be all over the map, but it should be an interesting map.
Speaker: Bob Long
According to the Oregon Water Congress, water rights increase the value of agricultural property by up to four times when compared to land without water rights. Acquiring and maintaining water rights is an important property right for nursery owners, however the rules that govern water use in Oregon can be convoluted and confusing to the end user who's business depends on the water right they hold. This seminar presents an overview of Oregon water rights, how to apply for them, maintain them, and transfer the use of water from one property to another. Case studies and real water right situations will be used to demonstrate acquisition and permit compliance for common water right issues.
Dr. Hannah Mathers
More genetically modified crops (GMCs) are being used in agriculture than ever before, with stacked glyphosate and dicamba resistant soybeans, Xtend™ seed, being some of the most recent players. A severe escalation in herbicide drift and carry-over injury on “non-target”/ nursery/landscape trees has resulted. Carry-over in the trees, and in the soil, continue to impact the plants years after the initial spray incidence, however, neither impact is well-described or understood for woody plants. Come and hear why you want your upwind neighbor, and you to “drift apart.”
Speaker: Robin Rosetta
Want to learn more about technology that can reduce the volume of pesticides by over 50% with the same control? Advanced and affordable intelligent spray systems increase precision and accuracy when pesticides are applied to control insects and diseases. Robin Rosetta will introduce the audience to intelligent sprays systems technology that is under development in nurseries and other cropping systems and that will likely change the way pesticides are applied in the future.
Speaker: Michael Stolp
How is succession planning forged in your business? Hot and hammered into shape, or formed by concentrated effort? In this pragmatic presentation, real-world stories illustrate why succession planning is a priority, what gets in the way, and how you and your family can start building your plan. Learn how to create alignment between your business, succession plan and estate plan by building from a common foundation and being business smart and family friendly. Finally, get the short-cut to wisdom ... and youth!
Speaker: Ryan Contreras
Come learn about the newest developments from the woody plant breeding program at Oregon State. Points of discussion will include potentially sterile maples, new azalea hybrids, striking new Deutzia selections, seedless and high impact althea, shrubs for edible landscapes, and more! We take a scientific approach to developing new shrubs and trees that are beautiful, durable, and efficient in production - come learn about what's in the pipeline and available today.
Speaker: Lorence R. Oki
The terms "low water use" and "drought tolerant" are used to describe plants and their irrigation needs in urban landscapes, but these terms are not synonymous. We'll discuss how they are different and plant characteristics that may tell us how plants use water. We'll also briefly discuss California landscape water conservation regulations and the field trials we use to assess landscape plant water use to develop information to assist with compliance and inform plant professionals of how the tested plants perform when exposed to deficit irrigation.
Speaker: Moriah LaChapell
Biological Control Agents (BCAs) are predators, parasitoids, and naturally occurring pesticides used to decrease pest populations. Implementing BCAs in any production system can increase control in combination with effective chemistry. In this session, you will learn about the different types of beneficial insects, and biopesticides as a solution to damaging pests. We will also discuss compatibility of pesticides and Biological Control Agents.