Penn State sets Christmas tree management short course

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State’s 2002 Christmas Tree Management Short Course will be held Feb. 13-14 at The Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel in University Park.

Sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences’ department of horticulture, the course, designed to help Christmas tree growers adopt the latest pest control, production and business management practices, attracts growers from Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, New Jersey and beyond.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture pesticide recertification core and category credits will be available.

In high population areas. The first day will focus on pest management and issues related to farming in high population areas. Highlights will include reducing deer damage, weed and disease control, pesticide safety, and challenges and opportunities of farming on the urban fringe.

An afternoon workshop for new growers and employees will cover production basics.

The second day business management, insect control, and cultural practices will be covered. Topics will include nursery inspection and regulations, shearing, soil fertility, managing Canaan fir, and planning for the end of your business.

Registration. For registrations received by Feb. 1 the course registration fee will be $170 for both days or $100 for one day. The fee includes all workshops, instructional materials, breaks, and lunches.

After Feb. 1, registration will increase to $200 for both days, or $115 for one day.

Registration is limited to 150 participants.

In addition, a block of rooms has been reserved at the conference center for $73 plus tax per night for a single or double. To receive the special rate call 800-233-7505 before Jan. 14 and say you are attending the course.

For more information, call 814 863-7715 or e-mail Rick Bates at rmb30@psu.edu.

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