Green Industries Best Management Practices Workshop (GI-BMP)

Green Industries Best Management Practices Workshop

Thursday, September 28th, 2017; 8:00AM – 4:00PM
Cost of Workshop: $27.37

UF/IFAS Extension Highlands County
4509 West George Blvd. Sebring, FL 33875-5837
Bert J. Harris Jr. Ag Center – O.S. Sam Polston Auditorium

Presented by UF/IFAS Extension, this workshop is designed to provide basic training in Florida’s Green Industry Best Management Practices (GI-BMPs) for anyone working in the lawn, landscape, pest control, or municipal grounds areas. BMP practices focus on reducing non-point source pollution resulting from fertilization or pesticide application. Upon completion of this training, you will be given a post-test to determine knowledge learned.

If the post-test is successfully completed, you will be awarded a Green Industries BMP certification card. This card will be an indication that you have earned BMP accreditation and possess the knowledge to help reduce non-point source pollution from entering our valuable water sources. This card will also allow the holder to qualify for the Limited Certification (license) for Urban Landscape Commercial Fertilizer from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – required as of January 1, 2014 for any commercial fertilizer application to a landscape.

2.0 CEUs will be available in General Standards (CORE), as well as 2.0 CEUs in the following categories:

  • Ornamental & Turf
  • Commercial Lawn & Ornamental
  • Limited Certification Lawn & Ornamental
  • Private Applicator
  • Limited Certification Commercial Landscape Maintenance

Schedule of Events:

  • 8:15AM: Introduction and Pre-Test; David Austin, Residential Horticulture Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Highlands County
  • 8:45AM – 9:35AM: Overview – Green Industries BMPs and Protection of Water Resources in Florida – History, background, & overview of the BMP program & local ordinances, How to use the BMPs to protect water quality; Elisha Cash, GI-BMP West Regional Coordinator
  • 9:35AM – 9:45AM : Break
  • 9:45AM – 11:05AM: Lawn and Landscape Cultural and Fertilization – BMPs Best Management Practices for healthy lawns and landscapes. This module includes mowing, pruning, fertilization, & irrigation effects on plant health and ability to tolerate pest pressures. Cesar Peralta, Project Greenscape Coordinator/FDEP/Rookery Bay, Naples
  • 11:05AM – 11:15AM: Break
  • 11:15AM – 12:05PM : Irrigation BMPs Irrigation Best Management Practices to Reduce Disease & Insect Damage. Irrigation BMPs include: irrigation requirements, design, installation and monitoring, troubleshooting, and proper management of irrigation. – Dan Culbert, UF/IFAS Horticulture Extension Agent/Retired
  • 12:05AM – 12:40PM: Lunch
  • 12:40PM – 1:30PM: Fertilizer BMPs – Fertilizer sources: comparisons and responses. Christene Kelly-Begazo, Director, Indian River County Extension
  • 1:30PM – 1:40PM: Break
  • 1:40OM – 2:30PM: Pesticide BMPs – The use of IPM in a management program; Pesticide selection, storage, handling & disposal. – Stephanie McGathey, Owner of Bugs Bee Ware, Highlands County
  • 2:30PM – 2:45PM: Review; David Austin & Dan Culbert
  • 2:45PM-3:15PM: Post-Test and CEUs

Pre-Registration required before September 26, 2017. The cost of this informative workshop is $27.37 and is required upon registration. Payment includes snacks and lunch. Master Gardeners may pay $10 at the door or in advance to attend this workshop, but must pre-register through Eventbrite.

For more information on this program, please contact David Austin at: 863-402-7140 or .

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