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Well Maintained Fields Essential to Reducing Concussions

A recent article in the New York Times highlights the need for athletic fields to be well maintained to prevent concussion in athletes at all levels, including professionals. Many concussions occur when the head impacts the ground, and poorly maintained fields, both natural turf and synthetic, can become these absorbing of impact.

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Neonic Article from the LA Times

The LA Times this week ran an article discussing the impacts of Neonicotinoids on pollinators. While it contains some recent information released from the US EPA, it most rehashes old information in a debate which continues to me more about hyperbole than science:

Pollinator Summit Location: The National Conference Center in East Windsor, NJ

The National Conference Center at the Holiday Inn of East Windsor is the smart place to bring people together in style. This central New Jersey conference center is strategically located midway between New York City and Philadelphia, right off of NJ Turnpike Exit 8. Within 20 minutes of the conference center, the local area includes: Princeton NJ, Trenton NJ, Cranbury NJ, Hamilton NJ, Mercer County Community College, and Six Flags Great Adventure.

Pinnacle 2014 LogoThe National Conference Center is the proud winner of the Pinnacle Award for 2014, and they are honored to be one of two New Jersey conference centers to receive this prestigious award. The Pinnacle Award is given in recognition of the most outstanding conference and meeting facilities. For nearly 30 years, readers of Successful Meetings have distinguished these top travel and meeting professionals for excellence in service to their clients.

Learn more about this great location here.

Pesticide Credits Approved for the 2014 Pollinator Summit

Landscape and turf professionals from across the Mid-Atlantic can receive recertification credits for their pesticide licences.  All of the credits below have BEEN APPROVED by each state.

NJ Pest Credits: 13-2, 3A-6, 3B-3, 3C-2, Core-2, PP2 – 6

NY Pest Credits: 10-2.25, 3A-2.25, 3B-2.25, 24-2.25, 25-2.25

PA Pest Credits: Core-5, PC-3, 06-3, 07-3, 18-6, 23-6

CT Pest Credits: 13-2, 3A-6, 3B-3, 3C-2, Core-2, PP2 – 6

DE Pest Credits: 03-3, 06-3

Click here to register for the Pollinator Summit.

The Operation Pollinator Program

Presented by Caydee Savinelli, Pollinator and IPM Stewardship Lead, Syngenta

Operation Pollinator is an international biodiversity program to boost the number of pollinating insects on commercial farms. It works by creating specific habitats, tailored to local conditions and native insects.  Farmers and golf course managers across Europe and the USA are provided with targeted seed mixtures, along with innovative pesticide use practices and agronomic advice designed to benefit pollinators.  Learn about these pesticide best management practices that you can use in your turf management operations.

Caydee2Caydee Savinelli is the Pollinator and IPM Stewardship Lead at Syngenta. In this role, she leads the development and implementation of strategies and tactics for pollinator health and stewardship, integrated pest management, insect resistance management and biodiversity conservation initiatives. She is also leading Syngenta’s Operation Pollinator program along with its research and implementation efforts. She has focused on pest management, product development and crop production throughout her 30 year career and has worked in the U.S., Europe and Latin America. Caydee holds a Ph.D. in entomology with a minor in Crop Science from North Carolina State University, a M.S. in Entomology from The Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. in Biology from Gettysburg College. Caydee’s interest in agriculture and entomology started in childhood during the time spent at her grandfather’s orange grove in Florida.

Understanding All the Threats that Face Pollinators and What We Can Do About Them

Presented by Bill Riden, Pesticide Education Specialist, Penn State University

Our native and managed pollinator populations are vastly important to the open spaces which are managed by green industry professionals, and they are facing a varied of threats, including habitat loss, pest and disease pressure, pesticide exposure, and intense hive transportation practices.  Learn about these challenges and what best management practices you can use in your business to protect and enhance pollinator populations.

Bill Riden is the Pesticide Education Specialist at Penn State’s Pesticide Education Program.  Bill comes with over 20 years experience in the pesticide industry. He worked for O.M. Scott, W.A. Cleary Chemical, Mobay, and Rhone Poulenc Ag Chemical in their respective turf and ornamental divisions. More recently, Bill has helped home gardeners in his capacity as garden department manager at Esbenshades Garden Center and Stauffers of Kissel Hill Garden Center. Bill also has lots of hands on experience from his childhood on a farm and his work experiences on golf courses and greenhouses. Bill is a Penn State graduate with his degree in Agronomy with emphasis on turfgrass management.

2014 Pollinator Summit Agenda

2014 Pollinator Summit, November, 2014

Holiday Inn and Conference Center, East Windsor, NJ

Program Agenda (Click here to register for this event)

Registration Begins at 8:30 am. (Light breakfast included in registration)

  • 9:00am – 9:30am              The Role of Pollinators in our Landscapes and on our Farms
  • 9:30am – 10:00am            Understanding All the Threats that Face Pollinators and What We Can Do About Them
  • 10:00am – 10:45am          The Operation Pollinator Program
  • 10:45am – 11:00am                 Break
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm          Latest Pollinator Research
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm                  Lunch (Included with Registration
  • 1:00pm – 1:45pm               Best Management Practices for Pollinator Care for Landscape and Turf Managers
  • 1:45pm – 2:30pm              Media and Public Understanding of the Pollinator Decline
  • 2:30pm – 3:15pm               Legislative and Regulatory Impacts of Pollinator Concerns
  • 3:15pm – 3:30pm              Wrap-Up/Roundtable
  • 3:30pm                                      Awarding of Credits