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Monday, August 17, 2015

Indiana Flower Growers Association Educational Conference 

Save the Date - You are invited to attend the 33rd Annual Indiana Flower Growers Association (IFGA) Educational Conference which will be held at the Purdue Beck Agricultural Center in West Lafayette, IN on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. The Indiana Flower Growers Association (IFGA) and Purdue Extension are jointly sponsoring this year’s Educational Sessions. Please find the attached conference brochure for more information.

Registration, Floriculture Person of the Year nomination and AD Forms will be sent out next week.

Please note that there is no golf tournament set for this year. However, members are welcome to set up a golf outing.  

2015 IFGA Conference – Purdue Beck Agricultural Center, 4540 U.S. 52/231 West, West Lafayette, IN 47906

9:00 to 10:00 AM           Registration

Worker Protection
10:00 to 10:30 AM         Everything You Wanted to Know About the Worker Protection Standard but Were Afraid to Ask
Joseph Becovitz, Pesticide Program Specialist Office of Indiana State Chemist

Water
10:30 to 11:30 AM         Adjuvants and the Power of Spray Droplets
Fred Whitford, Fred Whitford, Purdue Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology

11:30 to 12:00 PM         Clean Up Your Water (1): Particles and Salts
Dr. Paul Fisher, Department of Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida

12:00 to 12:30 PM         Break, lunch distribution, and awards

12:30 to 1:00 PM           Clean Up Your Water (2): Biofilm and Pathogens
Dr. Paul Fisher, Department of Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida

Nutrition
1:00 to 1:30 PM             pH and EC measurements – How to and Comparison of Test Methods
Dr. Todd Cavins, Ball Horticulture Co.

1:30 to 2:00 PM             Fix It - Nutritional Problems and Correction Strategies
Dr. Todd Cavins, Ball Horticulture Co.

Break
2:00 to 2:15 PM

Pesticides
2:15 to 2:45 PM             Non-Neonic Pest Control – A Growers Prospective
Zach Schlegel, Grower, L.F. Schlegel & Son Greenhouse, Inc.

2:45 to 3:45 PM             Neonicotinoids and Pollinators
Rick Fletcher, Technical Services Manager, Nufarm

Break
3:45 to 4:00 PM

Growth Regulators
4:00 to 4:15 PM             Pre-Transplant PGR Liner Soaks and Post-Transplant Spray Applications Influence Height and Branching
Of Purple Fountain Grass
Dr. Roberto Lopez, Purdue Dept. of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture

Production
4:15 to 4:30 PM             Growing Bedding Plants under Greenhouse LED Top Lighting
Joshua Craver, Purdue Dept. of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture

4:30 to 4:45 PM             Reducing Greenhouse Air Temperatures with the use of Root-zone Heating

Madeline Olberg, Purdue Dept. of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture





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