St John’s County, Florida-June 4, 2015: Potato and Cole Crop Growers “First Detector” Training Workshop

Bagrada Bug. Credit: Gevork Arakelian, LA County Dept. Agriculture,, #5493926

Event Details

Pests and diseases of concern to potato and cole crop growers will be the focus of this one day hands-on diagnostic workshop. Small-acreage vegetable gardeners, commercial growers, county agents and agriculture industry personnel will all benefit from attending this diagnostics skill building class that trains “first detectors” to identify plant pests and diseases of concern that are not known to occur in Florida will be the event’s focus. Pests and diseases covered will include potato bacterial soft rots, blights and wilts, zebra chip of potato, bagrada bug and swede midge– all invasive pests to be on the lookout for in cole crops, and sugarcane aphid, an emerging pest of sorghum.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Become familiar with some national and/or local pests of concern and be able to monitor for them
  • Successfully submit diagnostic samples to your local plant diagnostic clinics and understand how the information on a newly detected invasive pest is transmitted to the various agencies
  • Obtain a certificate of completion

When: Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 3:15 PM (EDT)

Where: St. Johns County Agricultural Center
3125 Agricultural Center Drive
St. Augustine, Florida 32092

Pre-registration is required and attendance is limited to 40. Registration is confirmed when payment is received. Payments can also be mailed or delivered to the agricultural center at 3125 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine, Florida, 32092

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Other questions? Please contact St. John’s County Commercial Agriculture Agent Bonnie Wells ( for more information.


Posted: June 1, 2015

Category: Pests & Disease
Tags: Cole Crops, First Detector, Invasive Species, St. John's County, Workshop

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