Please join AAIE for our Welcome Reception, sponsored by our friends at Suterra

Wednesday November 28, 2018, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, Visalia CA


Day One, Thursday November 29, 2018




8:00 – 8:05 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

David Haviland, Kern County Farm Advisor & AAIE President

8:05 – 9:00 am

Plenary Address

“Climate Change trends and impacts on California Agriculture”

Dr. Tapan Pathak, UC ANR Extension Specialist, Merced County

9:00 – 10:00 am

Keynote Address

“Soil Health to Sustain Agricultural Production Systems”

Dr. Diana Jerkins, Research Director, Organic Farming Research Foundation

10:00 – 10:30 am

Coffee Break – Visit Exhibitors

10:30 – 12:00 pm

Flash Talks: each talk is 30 minutes

“Pesticide Use Near Schoolsites Regulations"

Jose Bueno, Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist), DPR Enforcement Branch

“Global MRL Compliance: Challenges and Solutions”

Patrick Brennon, Food Safety Sales Director, AGQ Labs

“Cannabis and Pesticides”

Rachel Kubiak, Cannabis Program Supervisor, DPR Pesticide Programs Division

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Lunch, AAIE Awards and Charity Auction

1:30 – 3:00 pm

Breakout I

1A: Nutrition

“Advancements in Drip and Micro Irrigation”

Kevin Stewart, Certified Irrigation Agriculture Specialist, Jain Irrigation

“Crop Nutrition and IPM in California”

Dr. Jerome Pier, North Valley Division Agronomist, Nutrien Ag Solutions

1B: Grapes

“Grape Powdery Mildew Management Overview”

George Zhuang, Viticulture Farm Advisor, UCCE Fresno County

"Alternative Options to Pest Control Districts for Local Pest Issues and an Update on GWSS/Pierces Disease Board Activity"

Steve McIntyre, Owner, Monterey Pacific Inc.

1C: Nuts

"Arthropod pest management in the organic almond production system"

Dr. Jhalendra Rijal, Area IPM Advisor, UCCE Merced County

“Cultural and Chemical Measures to Combat Alternaria Late Blight of Pistachio in California”

Dr. Themis Michailides, Plant Pathologist & Lecturer, Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center

3:00 – 3:30 pm

Coffee Break – Visit Exhibitors

3:30 – 5:00 pm

Breakout II

2A: Cannabis

“Biocontrol and Pesticides in Cannabis”

Joshua Pacheco, Cannabis Sales Specialist, Marrone Bio Innovations

2B: Citrus

“IPM for Asian Citrus Psyllid?”


Jim Davis, Senior Entomologist, Entomological Services Inc.

“Using data from California citrus farms to better manage spring pests on oranges and mandarins”

Dr. Jay Rosenheim, Professor of Entomology, UC Davis

2C: Wildlife

"Nutria in California: The State’s Response to this Triple Threat"

Martha Volkoff, Invasive Species Program Manager, California Department of Fish & Wildlife

“Best Management Practices for Ground Squirrels”

Dr. Naimh Quinn, Human-Wildlife Interactions Advisor, UCCE Orange County

5:00 – 5:30 pm

Annual Meeting

5:30 – 6:30 pm

Member Appreciation Social, sponsored by Valent


Day Two, Friday November 30, 2018




8:00 – 9:00 am

Special Address

“Pests, Pesticides, and IPM in California:  What we learned from Californians”

Brian Leahy, Director, California DPR

9:00 – 9:30 am

Coffee Break – Visit Exhibitors

9:30 – 11:00 am

Breakout III

3A: Orchard-Nut Roundtable (Part 1)

Michael Devencenzi, President, Devencenzi Ag Pest Management and Research & Robert Beede, Farm Advisor Emeritus, Kings County

3B: Grapes Roundtable

Max Jehle, President, Ag Consultants Inc.

3C: Cannabis Roundtable

Joshua Pacheco, Cannabis Sales Specialist, Marrone Bio Innovations & Brian Malin, Owner, Vital Gardens

11:00 – 12:30 pm

Breakout IV

4A: Orchard-Nut Roundtable (Part 2)

Michael Devencenzi, President, Devencenzi Ag Pest Management and Research & Robert Beede, Farm Advisor Emeritus, Kings County

4B: Citrus Roundtable

Robert Walther, Tulare and Kern County Consultant, Entomological Services, Inc.

4C: Organic Row Crops Roundtable

Anthony Griffin, Sustainable Specialist, Valent USA