SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Biopesticides are defined by the EPA to “… include naturally occurring substances that control pests (biochemical pesticides), microorganism that control pests (microbial pesticides), and pesticidal substances produced by plants containing added genetic material (plant-incorporated protectants) or PIPs.” These include biochemical pesticides, microbial pesticides, and plant-incorporated protectants.
Join Debbie Palumbo-Sanders, BioWorks Inc., who will discuss the truths and myths of biopesticides at the Biopesticides session at the 2017 Empire State Producers Expo on Tuesday, January 17. Abby Seaman from the NYS IPM Program, Cornell University, will discuss her biopesticides research – what they’ve tried and what has worked. In addition, Mark Zittel, Amos Zittel & Sons Farm, will give a grower perspective on using biopesticides on their farm.
This Expo session was organized by Darcy Telenko, CCE Cornell Vegetable Program, and Megan Burley, CCE Erie County. DEC credits will be available.
Biopesticides: What Are They? Will They Work? How to Incorporate Them on Your Farm
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
3:45 pm – 5:10 pm
The 2017 Empire State Producers Expo is January 17-19 at the OnCenter Convention Center in Syracuse, NY. This annual show combines the major fruit, flower, vegetable, and direct marketing associations of New York State in order to provide a comprehensive trade show and educational conference for New York and neighboring producers. Attendees can expect presentations by Cornell Cooperative Extension personnel and highly regarded speakers from across the country. Panel discussions feature some of the top industry experts and growers in New York. Between educational sessions, attendees can visit the trade show featuring over 150 commercial vendors and non-profit exhibitors.
Educational sessions offered at the 2017 Empire State Producers Expo include commodity specific programs in berries, cabbage, processing vegetables, hops, grains, cut flowers, tree fruit, sweet corn, tomato, onion, potato, Cole crops, root crops and specialty crops; and focused programs in water management and irrigation, weed management, wildlife management, soil health, post-harvest handling, biopesticides, beginning farmer, marketing using social media and apps, transplant and greenhouse production, climate and forecast models, GAPS, labor, and hard cider production. DEC pesticide recertification credits and Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits will be offered during the appropriate educational sessions.
For more information about the Expo and to register, visit the NYS Vegetable Growers Association website at nysvga.org/expo.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension
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