August 22, Portland

US (OR): Farwest Show to offer pesticide recertifcation classes

The 2018 Farwest Show will offer six pesticide credit classes for attendees including one by Kelly Vance from 8:30–9:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 22, in Room B119. Vance, an IPM specialist with Beneficial, will conduct the class with credit for pesticide recertification. Spanish translation will be included.

Vance’s presentation, ”Not All Mites Are Spider Mites: Bio Control of Broad, Russet and Cyclamen Mites,” will look beyond spider mites to identify potential damage from other “micro-mites” before they are ever detected. His session will cover the basic biology of mites that threaten crops in the Pacific Northwest. He’ll also cover inspection and quarantine of incoming plant material, scouting crops for early warning signs and biological control programs focusing on prevention.

Class registration is required and includes pesticide credit eligibility. Register online at

Vance has been an integrated pest management (IPM) specialist with Beneficial Insectary since 2016. He has spent years using IPM techniques to protect annuals, perennials and tropical houseplants in the production environment in Central Florida and in Oregon. During years in the greenhouse, he developed large-scale biological pest control programs for a variety of crops and structures. At Beneficial Insectary, he helps growers establish and maintain programs targeting the key pests that threaten their plants’ health.

The 2018 Farwest Show will be held August 22–24 in Portland, Oregon, at the Oregon Convention Center. Complete details can be found at

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