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Plant Health Care Training Workshop Planned in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE - A plant health care and integrated pest management (IPM) training workshop is set for Feb. 9-10, starting at 8 a.m., at the Bernalillo County 4-H Center, 1510 Menaul NW, in Albuquerque.

Attendees will earn nine continuing education credits and should be able to pass the applicator's exam, offered free of charge, at the conclusion of the workshop, said Charles R. Ward, entomologist and IPM specialist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

"The workshop will focus on total plant health care and its importance in integrated pest management systems," said Ward. The workshop will cover most aspects of lawn and ornamental plant management as it relates to I pest management.

Ward will discuss the identification and use of the major beneficial insects, gopher and rodent control and he will present a "nuts and bolts" look at establishing an IPM program.

Natalie Goldberg, NMSU Extension plant pathologist, will present several topics on plant diseases and identification. Richard Lee, NMSU Extension weed scientist, will explain pesticide movement in the environment.

Gary Smith, Extension IPM technician, will talk about the primary plants with insect pest problems in New Mexico and how to determine what those major pests are.

Bonnie Rabe of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture will review pesticide safety and the New Worker Protection Standard that went into effect last month.

Curtis Smith, Bernalillo County Extension horticulturist, will speak on the characteristics and use of xeric (low water use) plants in landscape.

The workshop is designed to help the grounds care professional obtain the knowledge required for plant and pest management in this age of environmental awareness and the workshop is open to the public, Ward said. Students in the Extension Master Gardener Programs, employees of other state or federal agencies and interested homeowners are encouraged to attend.

The $15 registration and materials fee can be paid starting at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 9.

The workshop is being sponsored by the New Mexico Urban IPM Committee, New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences , United States Department of Agriculture and MORE

For a complete program or other information, contact Curtis Smith, 243-1386.