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US (OR): Controversy and innovation for nursery growers

Nursery industry authority, Dr. Heinrich Löesing, will conduct two key seminars, sponsored by J. Frank Schmidt and Sons Co., at Farwest 2017 with special relevance for producers of hardy nursery stock. The Farwest Show takes place August 23-25, in Portland, OR.

Traveling from Germany, Dr. Löesing will shed light on the ongoing controversy and research surrounding the herbicide Roundup (glyphosate). His talk, ‘Roundup: The Situation in Europe’ will offer valuable insights for US nursery growers. The world’s most widely used herbicide still raises questions related to cancer. The search continues for alternatives but no viable substitute is available at this time. Dr. Löesing’s session will discuss the situation in Europe and research relating to the context of the situation. His talk is scheduled for Wednesday, August 23, 1:30-2:30p, in Room B117-119.

In a second seminar, ‘Machinery Innovation for Field Grown Nursery Production’, Dr. Löesing will look at the challenges for nursery labor presented by physical demands and weather conditions. Automation for field production is one of the future solutions. Dr. Löesing will present new production automation machinery in development and used at European nurseries. This presentation gives an overview of innovations that can be put into practice now at US nurseries. This seminar takes place Thursday, August 24, 8:30-9:30a, in Room B113-114.

Dr. Löesing offers international perspective on hardy nursery stock production. A specialist in the field of pests and diseases, his career has spanned nearly 30 years (and several continents) as a nursery production advisor. He is the author of a reference text on diseases and pests that feed on woody plants and has contributed to multiple publications and studies. Dr. Löesing is currently a senior nursery extension specialist, advisor, and program leader and has been a member of the International Plant Propagators Society since 1987.

For complete information on all education Seminars (registration required), free Mini-Sessions, and general information on Farwest 2017, visit

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