Join AAIE for our Welcome Reception, sponsored by our friends at Suterra
Wednesday November 28, 2018, 5:30 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
Topic: Climate Change & the Effect on California Agriculture

Dr. Tapan Pathak
UC ANR Extension Specialist, Merced County

9:00 – 10:00 am

Keynote Address


10:00 – 10:30 am

Coffee Break – Visit Exhibitors

10:30 – 12:00 pm

Flash Talks


Topic 1: New California Regulation on Pesticide Use Near Schools

Randall Segawa
Special Advisor, DPR Pesticide Programs Division

Topic 2: MRL Compliance: Challenges and Solutions

Patrick Brennon
Food Safety Sales Director, AGQ Labs

Topic 3: California Laws and Regulations for Cannabis

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

Topic: The Effect of Irrigation Efficiency on Plant Fertility

Kevin Stewart

Certified Irrigation Agriculture Specialist, Jain Irrigation

Topic: Crop Nutrition and IPM in California

Jerome Pier

Agronomist, Crop Production Services

1B: Grapes

Topic: Powdery Mildew Controls and Timing

George Zhuang
Viticulture Farm Advisor, Fresno County

Topic: A collaborative approach to combating viruses in grapes

Steve McIntyre 
Owner, Monterey Pacific Inc.

1C: Nuts

Topic: Pest Management for Organic Nut Crops


Topic: Aflatoxin Contamination of Nut Crops

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

Topic: Biocontrol and Pesticides in Cannabis

Joshua Pacheco
Cannabis Sales Specialist, Marrone Bio Innovations

2B: Citrus

Topic: ACP Management for Organic Citrus Crops

Jim Davis
San Diego & Riverside County Crop Consultant, Entomological Services Inc.

Topic: Pests & IPM Strategy for Mandarins

Dr. Jay Rosenheim
Professor of Entomology, UC Davis

2C: Wildlife

Topic: Nutria - Large Invasive Rodent Species affecting Central Valley crops

Greg Gerstenberg
Senior Wildlife Biologist, CDFW- Central Region

Topic: Pest Control for Ground Squirrels and other wildlife


5:00 – 5:30 pm

Annual Meeting Voting of New Officers and Board Members

5:30 – 6:30 pm

Member Appreciation Social, sponsored by Valent


Day Two, Friday November 30, 2018




8:00 – 9:00 am

Special Address

Title: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 Roundtable

Michael Devencenzi

President, Devencenzi Ag Pest Management and Research

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: Nuts Roundtable

Bob Beede

Farm Advisor Emeritus, Kings County

4B: Citrus Roundtable

Robert Walther

Tulare and Kern County Consultant, Entomological Services, Inc.

4C: Organic Row Crops Roundtable