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US: Griffin announces seminar program for 2017 expos

Griffin recently announced the schedule of educational sessions for its 2017 Griffin Grower & Retailer Expos.

The schedule includes two seminars in which attendees may qualify for pesticide recertification credits. The first, “Hot Topics in Pest Control,” is presented by GGSPro Technical Support Manager Rick Yates. In this one-hour session, Yates will review the latest new products and best practices in pest and disease management. He’ll also share reviews on how recent introductions have performed for growers in real-world conditions. “Hot Topics in Pest Control” is an annual staple, and the most heavily attended Expo seminar each year.

In “How to Fight Foliar Diseases,” Yates will lead a deep dive into prevention and control of foliar diseases including Botrytis, Rhizoctonia, fungal and bacterial leaf spots, as well as downy and powdery mildew. Attendees will learn about detailed rotation strategies, cultural best practices and practical prevention tips. This session and “Hot Topics in Pest Control” are geared toward growers at every level, from beginner to advanced.

“Beyond the Plants: The Magical Mad Potter Tour” is a retail-oriented session presented by John Johnston, Griffin’s retail education manager. Expo visitors are invited to discover custom looks in containers, planting vessels and more to differentiate their retail offer in the all-important container-gardening category. Johnston will share examples from forward-thinking IGCs across the country.

Hundreds of new varieties come to market each year, but which of this year’s introductions deserve a closer look? Griffin Business Manager Jeanne Svob will share top picks from the 2017 California Spring Trials in her seminar, “Meet Your Future Favorites: New Varieties for 2017-18.”

The 2017 Griffin Expos will also include educational sessions presented by HC Companies and Dosatron.

The Massachusetts Expo will take place August 23-24, 2017, at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. This marks a change of venue for the Massachusetts Expo, formerly held at the Eastern States Exposition Center in West Springfield, Mass.

The Pennsylvania Expo is set for September 27-28, 2017, at the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, Penn.

Online registration for the 2017 Griffin Expos is now open. For schedule details and to register, log on to

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