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Cody, Cheyenne Host Integrated Pest Management Training Sessions


January 8, 2009 — Integrated pest management training sessions in Cody and Cheyenne this February focus on enhancing and lessening impact on the environment.

The sessions are open to anyone, in addition to those applying pesticides and commercial or private pesticide applicators. Sessions are Feb. 2-3 at the Cody Holiday Inn and Feb. 5-6 at the Ramada Hitching Post Inn and Conference Center in Cheyenne. Agenda, registration and other information is available at http://outreach.uwyo.edu/conferences/pestmanagement/.

Sponsors are the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA), Environmental Protection Agency and the Wyoming Agricultural Business Association.

"While the main audience for this training is pesticide applicators, it's important to note the general public is welcome to attend," says Hank Uhden, WDA Technical Services Division manager. "The presentations and topics covered during this training will cover a broad range of pest management issues staff members from establishments like hospitals, restaurants and schools could greatly benefit from."

Speakers are professionals in the areas of horticulture, wildlife, disease, insects, biology, plant pathology, plant management, weed management and pest management. They include: Karen Panter, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service horticultural specialist, Alex Latchininsky, extension entomologist, and Gary Franc, extension plant pathologist, all from the UW College of Agriculture; Mike Pipas, wildlife disease biologist, and Bruce Shambaugh, state plant health director, U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's Wyoming Wildlife Services; Steve Brill, supervisor, Goshen County Weed and Pest Control District; Richard Dykstra, chief executive officer of EnviroPest of Loveland, Colo.; Sandra McDonald, extension environmental and pesticide education specialist at Colorado State University; Erik Lehnhoff, assistant director for research, Center for Invasive Plant Management, based at Montana State University; and Slade Franklin, weed and pest coordinator, WDA.

Continuing education units have been applied for, and scholarships are available for the first 100 participants to register at each location. For those who do not receive a scholarship, early registration is $40 and registration after Jan. 16 is $60.

For more information, contact Tom Muhlbach at (307) 777-6959 or e-mail tmuhlb@state.wy.us, Uhden at (307) 777-6574 or e-mail huhden@state.wy.us, or Cindy Fulton, Powell, at (307) 754-3152 or e-mail cfulto@state.wy.us, all of the WDA.

Posted on Thursday, January 08, 2009

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