Pesticide Recertification

To maintain pesticide applicator certification, most states require you to attend a fully-approved, category-specific recertification session every two years. MAHSC has designed a program that allows you to receive your pesticide recertification for several states and categories all in one day. We apply to 12 State agencies plus the District of Columbia for recertification approval. See our Pesticide Recertification approvals to date here.

Thursday, 22 January, 2015

Pesticide Recertification Program

8-9:00 am

To Treat or Not to Treat? That is the Question!                                        Joseph Murray, Consulting Arborist, Tree Literacy

Learn how to diagnose what is wrong with our woody plants, in production, in nature or in the landscape, by considering the culprit first. Then examine the evidence and establish if pest levels warrant a control treatment. Healthy trees & shrubs are the goal of horticulture and forestry, but not at the cost of environmental health or applicator safety.

9:15 – 10:15 am

The Dirty Dozen: Common Pests Where We Live, Work & Play                      Molly Stedfast, VA Tech Dept. Entomology

Dream about creepy crawlies like – Bed Bugs, Cockroaches, Termites, Roof Rats, Fire Ants – OH, make it stop! Learn the dirty dozen creepies that pester our homes and workplace. Get educated about how to identify them, how to scout for them, when to call in the authorities, treatment options & how to safely maintain a clean area, so these beasties don’t move back in.

10:30 -11:30 am

VDACS & Legal Update                                      Rohan Williams, Compliance Manager, VDACS Office of Pesticide Services  

What’s new in pesticide regulations? How will these changes alter your day to day arsenal for managing pests? Hear the latest including Pollinator Protection & the EPA Bee Box label amendments. Recent Label Amendments will include a bee protection box which alerts the user of the pesticide of the possible adverse effects to foraging bees.  The new label amendments will apply to outdoor, foliar applications of: Clothianidin, Dinotefuran, Imidacloprid, Thiamethoxam. Hear the latest BUZZ from our expert!

LUNCH Grab & Stay – During Lunch Break:

Bee Keeping Demonstration & Honey Tastings                                       by the Colonial Beekeepers Association

Get up close and personal while you learn about bees and other stinging insects. Talk to the experts who dare to keep bees and volunteer to help citizens with stinging insect removals.

12 – 12:45 SAFETY STAGE                                 PPE & Safety Gear Demo by Honeywell Safety Products Road Show

HSP’s Road Show trailer will be on display at MAHSC. Experience head-to-toe protection products including: Hand Protection, Head Protection, Footwear, Full-body Clothing, Eye and Face Protection, Respiratory Protection, First Aid and Eye Wash and Hearing Protection. Learn what is available to protect you on the job.

1 – 1:45 TECHNOLOGY STAGE                         Sprayer & Nozzle Technology Demonstrations by DRAMM Manufacturing

Flat, Fan, CDA, Aerosol, Fog? Pump, Battery powered or fully wired electric? Manned or Drone delivery? How many ways are there to apply a pesticides? As many as you can think of uses and application scenarios. Hear from the experts at DRAMM how to choose today’s best delivery system for your crop, the pest, the environment and even the weather. Protect yourself and the environment around you by applying pesticides safely & effectively using the best equipment for the job. Plus, hear how we might be applying with in the future.

2 – 3:00 pm

Weed Control Update for Wildlands & Waters or Designed Landscapes & Turf

Jeffrey Derr, Professor, Extension Weed Specialist, Virginia Tech

New research on control options for turf, landscape and the meadows and water’s edges will be discussed. Hear how these chemicals affect non-weed species and alternate control methods for warm and cool season weeds in any landscape setting.

3:15 – 4:15 pm

New Chemistry from Nufarm                                           Greg Roman, Nufarm Ornamentals Sales Rep, Virginia &Carolinas

Pesticide chemistry takes a long time to be tested and come to market, especially in the built environment with such a variety of non-target organisms. You’ve heard the rage about landscape pesticides & pollinators, and wetland protection has been an issue for years. Hear how companies like Nufarm and Valent have put scientific research first to insure that their products can be used safely- always following label directions. Current research will be presented about the impact on pollinators, aquatic product application techniques and weed control options for natural and built environments.

4:15 –

Paperwork collection and validation