TAVARES — The Lake County Extension is promoting a “Spanish Language Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Scout Training for Nurseries” on Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research & Education Center, located at 2575 Binion Road in Apopka.
The program is targeted to Spanish language workers and includes:
• General principles of pest management
• Control tactics
• Plant health
• Insects and mites
• Diseases and nematodes
• Pesticide management
• Hands-on nursery session
Participants will earn a certificate of participation and a certificate of completion upon passing the course’s test and earn pesticide applicator continuing education units (CEUs).
The course is being taught by Carlos Bogran, an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Entomology from the Texas A&M University campus in Bryan, Texas. His emphasis is to increase adoption of IPM strategies by nursery growers through promoting and demonstrating pest management and IPM-compatible tools including cultural practices, selective pesticides and biological control agents. He is bilingual in Spanish and English and has presented numerous workshops to Spanish-language audiences.
Registration is required. The cost of training is $10. Make checks payable to “Horticultural Advisory Account.” For more information or to register for the training, call the Lake County Extension at (352) 343-4101 or visit the Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.