Full Conference Schedule 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm            Exhibit set up and Early Check in at the Convention Center
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm              Welcome Reception 
Join us Wednesday Evening, November 29,                                              2017 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the Visalia Marriott Restaurant for a                                                welcome reception sponsored by our friends at Suterra 

Day One

Thursday November 30th


8:00 - 9:00 Plenary Session Weed Control Automation. The Best Steps Forward. 

Dr. Steven Fennimore, UC Davis

9:00 - 10:00 Keynote Address The Latest Buzz About Bees. Dr.  Steve Sheppard, Washington State University


Coffee Break - Visit Exhibit Halls 


10:30 12:00
Flash Talks

1.The PPE Puzzle: How to Dress Yourself Not Wreck Yourself for California Pesticide Applicants. 

2. Top 10 Pesticide Use Violations Don’t Make These Mistakes.

3. Updates to 2018 DPR Laws and Regulations.

1. Emma Wilson, CA DPR

2. William Griffin, Madera County Ag Dept.

3. Leonard Herrera, DPR




1:30 - 3:00 Breakouts I    
  1A Understanding Biopesticides and Their Role in Biocontrol. Melissa O'Neal, Marrone BioInnovations
    Biopesticide for Pest and Disease Management in Strawberry and Vegetables.  Dr. Surendra Dara,  UCCE
  1B Mating Disruption Overview

Aerosol Technology for Mating Distruption and Puffer NOW: The Perspective of a Pioneer Company.
Advances in Mating Disruption Technology.
Implementing Mating Disruption: Making it Work.

Jamie Garofalo, Suterra
Dr Dani Casado, Suterra

Dr. Michael Gilbert, Semios
Brad Higbee, Trece

  1C Using IPM to Reduce Resistance in Pest Insects. 

Resistance Management and Changes in Insecticide Chemistry Through The Years.

Dr. Jacob Wenger , Fresno State
Dr. Jesse Richardson, Dow Ago Sciences 


Coffee Break - Visit Exhibit Halls 

3:30 - 5:00 Breakouts II    
  2A Vertebrate Pest Management from Practitioners Perspective. 

The Role of the Professional in Managing Human/Wildlife Conflicts Using Decades 
of Experience of a Practicing Professional.

Mike Taber, Wildlife Control Technologies
    Pesticides and Wildlife 

Wildlife Incident Lab Investigates Pesticide-Related Fish and Wildlife Incidents, Involvement in the Pesticide Registration Process, Participation in Monitoring Studies, and Education of Pesticide Users on Impacts to Fish and Wildlife.

Stella McMillin, CA Dept. Fish and Wildlife
  2B Grapevines Leafroll and Red Blotch Associated Viruses.

Dr. Neil McRoberts,
UC Davis

     Mealybug Pest Control: Issues Faced by Central Valley Growers.  Dr. Kent Daane, UC Berkeley
     Soil Disease Round Table

The Nutritional and Soil Component of Disease Management.

Paul Zellerman, Winegrape Consultant


5:15 - 5:45                 Annual Meeting
5:45 pm - 6:30 pm    Valent Member Appreciation Social

Day Two

Friday December 1st


8:00 - 9:00 General Session Resistance Management Discussion Panel

Brad Hansen, UC Davis
David Haviland UCCE
Jay Rosenheim, UC Davis
Bill Thomson, PCA


9:00 - 9: 30 Coffee Break - Visit Exhibit Halls


9:30 - 10:30 Breakouts III    
  3A Orchard Roundtable 1: Tree Nuts Mile Devencenzi
  3B California Citrus Current Pest Issues Dr. Beth Grafton - Cardwell, UC Riverside
Greg Doughan, UCCE
  3C History of Alfalfa Pest Management in the Western US Dr. Jesse Richardson, Dow Agro Sciences
  3D  Label Updates Monte Peckinpah , Valent


Coffee Break - Visit Exhibit Halls 

10:30 - 12:00 Breakouts IV    
  4A  Grape Roundtable  Max Jehle, PCA and David Haviland UCCE
  4B  Pollinator Roundtable Dr. Steve Sheppard, Washington State
  4C   Orchard Roundtable 2: Tree Fruits Mike Devenvenzi