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Best Management Practices Programs for CA Nurseries: Review and Outlook (Salinas)

UC Cooperative Extension Monterey County 
1432 Abbott Street
Salinas, CA 93901

May 14, 2013
7:30 am – 1:00 pm


Moderator: Maria de la Fuente, County Director, UCCE Monterey County

Continuing Education Units Approved: DPR (3.0 "other"), CCA (3.0 pest management)

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The California Department of Food and Agriculture, US Department of Agriculture APHIS and the National Plant Board in partnership with the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers (CANGC) and the University of California Nursery and Floriculture Alliance (UCNFA) are sponsoring a workshop to:

  1. Review the benefits of best management practices (BMPs) programs to the nursery industry
  2. Share examples of BMP programs (components)
  3. Educate nursery growers on projects at the National Ornamental Research Site at Dominican University of California (NORS-DUC) to validate and develop BMPs
  4. Review current status of the CANGC BMP grant for multiple plant pests in CA
  5. Provide update on the National Plant Board’s Systems Approach for Nursery Certification program

A nationwide movement has increased the focus on “clean stock production” in the interest of preventing the spread of diseases and pests through nursery stock. Various states across the US are meeting to develop programs and guidelines for their own states and the National Plant Board, working with USDA, is also meeting regarding a possible national program for all states. CDFA is encouraging a voluntary program designed to allow California nurseries to develop a program specific to their individual needs regarding diseases and pests.

In addition, during the last 30 minutes of the meeting, attendees will participate in a survey concerning control of snails and slugs. The University of California-Riverside and UC Cooperative Extension are working on projects to help ornamental plant growers manage snails and slugs.  One aspect of the project is trying to find effective biological controls for these pests.  Growers and other associated people will be asked to complete a short survey that can help prioritize the goals of this project.  Participation is voluntary and all responses will be confidential.  Results will be reported in aggregate and any information that could identify participants personally will be removed.


This workshop is sponsored in part by 

Agenda (click on titles to view PDFs)

Time Title Speaker/Affiliation
7:30am Registration Refreshments and view posters
8:00am Welcome Maria de la Fuente, UCCE Monterey County
8:10am Introduction to BMPs and importance to nursery industry Dave Fujino, UC Nursery and Floriculture Alliance
8:40am BMP programs for plant pathogens Kathy Kosta, CDFA
9:10am Update on Light Brown Apple Moth BMPs Steve Tjosvold, UCCE Santa Cruz and Monterey Cos.
9:40am Break View posters
9:55am Validating and developing BMPs to prevent the spread of invasive pests and pathogens in nurseries Karen Suslow, NORS-DUC
10:30am “Unified” BMPs for pests and diseases impacting California’s ornamental production industry Dave Fujino
11:00am Systems approach to nursery certification and BMP implementation Aurelio Posadas, National Plant Board
11:30am Snail and Slug Survey Facilitated by Cheryl Wilen, Area IPM Advisor and UC IPM Advisor Extension Coordinator
12:00pm Lunch/Meet with speakers Sponsored by National Plant Board
1:00pm Adjourn  




Registration $15 per person

Online Registration (Visa, Master Card, Discover, AmEx)

Mail or Fax in Registration Flyer (credit cards or checks)


UCNFA has not reserved any blocks of hotel rooms for this event. Some hotels close to the meeting site are:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Salinas
195 Kern St
Salinas, California
(831) 737-1160

Courtyard Salinas Monterey
17225 El Rancho Way
SalinasCalifornia 93907

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