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

UC Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401

March 20, 2013
7:30 am – 1:00 pm


Moderator: Julie Newman, UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties

Continuing Education Units Approved
3 "other" DPR units 
3.5 "IPM" CCA units 
4 Ag Waiver credit hours from the Los Angeles Regional Water Board for growers in Region 4.

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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.


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Time Speaker/Affiliation Title
7:30am Registration Refreshments and view posters
8:00am Julie Newman, UCCE Ventura/Santa Barbara Counties Welcome
8:10am Dave Fujino, UC Nursery and Floriculture Alliance Introduction to BMPs and importance to nursery industry
8:30am Julie Newman BMPs and compliance with ag waiver programs
8:50am Kathy Kosta, CDFA BMP programs for plant pathogens
9:25am John Kabashima, UCCE Orange County BMPs for quarantine pests and emerging invasive insects of significance to the nursery industry: GWSS, LBAM, Bagrada bug, polyphagous shot hole borer
10:15am Break View posters
10:30am Karen Suslow, NORS-DUC Validating and developing BMPs to prevent the spread of invasive pests and pathogens in nurseries
10:50am Dave Fujino “Unified” BMPs for pests and diseases impacting California’s ornamental production industry
11:25am Aurelio Posadas, National Plant Board Systems approach to nursery certification and BMP implementation
12:00pm Lunch/Meet with speakers Sponsored by National Plant Board
1:00pm Adjourn    


Registration $15 per person

(Register early because space is limited. Walk-in registration cannot be guaranteed.)

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

La Quinta Inn Ventura
5818 Valentine Rd, Ventura, CA
(805) 658-6200

Victoria Motel
2350 S Victoria Ave, Ventura, CA 
(805) 642-2173


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