2007 Aquatic Weed Control Short Course  
Aquatic, Upland and Invasive Weed Control; 
Aquatic Plant Identification


May 14-18, 2007


Coral Springs Marriott Hotel, Golf Club
and Convention Center

Coral Springs, Florida

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Site Index

l Who Should Attend?

l Certification Examinations

l Sponsor Appreciation

l Specialized Training

l Live Plant & Weed Exhibit

l Related Sites

l Tentative Agenda

l IFAS Publications l Travel & Area Information

l Special Sessions

l Registration Information

l For Further Information

l Continuing Education Units l Meeting Site and Hotel l 2005 Short Course Photos

 Who Should Attend? -- You Will Benefit by Attending this Program If You:

  • Need CEUs for Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee licenses. (Approved for up to 20 CEUs.)

  • Need Pesticide Applicator CEUs for categories such as:
    - Aquatic
    - Right-of-Way
    - General Standards (CORE)
    - Aerial
    - Ornamental and Turf

  • Are responsible for aquatic weed control in canals, lakes, golf course ponds, rivers, parks, residential developments and other waterways.

  • Operate and calibrate herbicide and pesticide application equipment.

  • Are employed by a public agency or private company which is responsible for vegetation management along right-of-ways and in natural areas.

  • Are an employee of a basic manufacturer or a distributor that markets aquatic or vegetation management herbicides.

  • Use biological control techniques to suppress aquatic weed growth.

  • Need to identify aquatic and wetland plants.

  • Culture Aquatic Plants.

  • Establish and maintain wetland mitigation areas.

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Specialized Training Sessions

The short course is designed to benefit those new to the industry and experienced professionals seeking a comprehensive update. Topics include:

  • General Standards (CORE) Training Session - Pesticide label interpretation, personal protection equipment, pesticide safety, pesticide handling and container disposal techniques.

  • Pesticide Application Equipment Calibration Training Session - Calculation formulas, area measurements and equipment calibration calculations. Practice critical steps for proper equipment calibration. (You may want to bring a calculator.)

  • Plant Identification - Material providing identification characteristics of aquatic and terrestrial weeds and economically important aquatic plants and potential control techniques.

  • Aquatic Pest Control Category Training Session - Aquatic weed management techniques, aquatic plant biology and environmental topics.

  • Natural Areas Weed Management Training Session- Learn techniques to manage invasive weeds, both native and non-native, in natural areas such as parks, wildlife and ecological management areas, and terrestrial areas needing weed management.

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Tentative Agenda

Monday, May 14, 2007

5:00pm-7:00pm

Registration Office Open

 

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

7:00am-5:00pm

Registration Office Open

7:00am-5:00pm

Sponsor Displays in Pre-Function Area

7:00am-5:00pm

Plant Identification Room Open to Attendees

7:00am-8:00am

Early Morning Refreshments

SESSION

Welcome and Official Opening

Moderator: Bill Haller

7:50am-8:00am

Opening Comments - Bill Haller, UF/IFAS

8:00am-8:25am

Pesticide Licensing/CEU's - Laura Powell, UF/IFAS

8:25am-8:50am

Aquatic Weed Control - Bill Haller, UF/IFAS

8:50pm-9:15am

Natural Areas Weed Control, Ken Langeland, UF/IFAS

9:15am-9:45am

Basics of Pesticide Calibration - Richard Cromwell, UF/IFAS

9:45am-10:00am

Refreshment Break & Networking

SESSION

Regulatory Issues Related to Pesticides

Moderator: Bill Haller

10:00am-10:50am

EPA Pesticide Registration - Donald Stubbs, USEPA

10:50am-11:40am

Pesticide Labels and MSDS Interpretation - Fred Fishel, UF/IFAS

11:40am-1:10pm

Lunch - On your own

SESSION

Regulatory Issues Related to Pesticides

Moderator: Curtis Rainbolt

1:10pm-1:35pm

Role of FDACS in Pesticide Regulation - Kathleen Osgood, FDACS

1:35pm-2:00pm

Personal Protection Equipment, Minimize Your Exposure to Pesticides - Kiley Harper, UF/IFAS

2:00pm-2:30pm

Pesticide Storage, Transport and Spills - Sgt. Bryant Gay, Florida DOT

2:30pm-3:00pm

How to survive a Pesticide Inspection - Kathleen Osgood, FDACS

3:00pm-3:15pm

Refreshment Break and Networking

SESSION

Herbicide Characteristics

Moderator: Greg MacDonald

3:15pm-3:45pm

How Herbicides Kill Plants - Greg MacDonald, UF/IFAS

3:45pm-4:15pm

Herbicide Formulations and Compatibility - Brent Sellers, UF/IFAS

4:15pm-4:45pm

Herbicide Selectivity - Curtis Rainbolt, UF/IFAS

4:45pm-5:10pm

Herbicide Fate - Jay Ferrell, UF/IFAS

5:15pm–7:15pm

Welcome Reception at Breezes Patio

Tuesday Special Calibration Sessions

Each session is limited to 25 people.  Please sign up in the Registration Office.

10:05am-11:45am

 

Outdoor Session A - Herbicide Application Equipment Training - Richard Cromwell & Vernon Vandiver, UF/IFAS

1:00pm-2:40pm

 

Outdoor Session B - Herbicide Application Equipment Training - Richard Cromwell & Vernon Vandiver, UF/IFAS

3:15pm-4:55pm

Outdoor Session C - Herbicide Application Equipment Training - Richard Cromwell & Vernon Vandiver, UF/IFAS

 

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

7:00am-5:00pm

Registration Office Open

7:00am-5:00pm

Sponsor Displays in Pre-Function Area

7:00am-5:00pm

Plant Identification Room Open to Attendees

7:00am-8:00am

Early Morning Refreshments

8:00am-11:40pm

TWO CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Session I – Continuing Education Units, CEU Training:

Licensed applicators attending the short course to earn CEU’s toward license renewal should attend this session. 

Session II – Classroom Calibration - Core Training

If this is your first short course or you will be taking the exam on Friday to become a certified applicator, we highly recommend that you attend this training session, which will include in-depth review of calibration, natural areas and aquatic weed control training.

CONCURRENT SESSION 1

Continuing Education Units, CEU Training

Moderator: Jeremy Crossland

8:00am-9:40am

Algae Identification, Problems and Control - Ken Wagner, ENSR Inc.

9:40am-10:00am

Refreshment Break and Networking

10:00am-10:50am

Role of Surfactants in Weed Control - Trace Wolf, Clearwaters, Inc.

10:50am-11:40am

IPM in Restoration of Western Grasslands - Steven F. Enloe, University of Wyoming, Laramie

CONCURRENT SESSION 2 -

Classroom Calibration - Core Training

Moderator: Cody Gray

8:00am-9:40am

Classroom Calibration: Problems and Solutions - Richard Cromwell, UF/IFAS

9:40am-10:00am

Refreshment Break and Networking

10:00am-10:50am

Aquatic Weed Control in Ponds - Chuck Cichra, UF/IFAS

10:50am-11:40am

Basic Limnology - Mark Brenner, UF/LUECI

11:40am-1:00pm

Lunch on your own

SESSION

Biology, Distribution and Management

Moderator: Mike Netherland

1:00pm-1:50pm

Herbicide Toxicology and Exposure - Donna Farmer, Monsanto

1:50pm-2:20pm

New Aquatic Weed Problems in Florida, Biology and Control of Hygrophila, Nymphoides, Rotalla - Cody Gray, Cerexagri

2:20pm-2:40pm

Submersed Weed Control - Mike Netherland, USACE

2:40pm-3:00pm

Floating Weed Control - Brett Bultemeier, UF/IFAS

3:00pm-3:15pm

Refreshment Break and Networking

SESSION

Information Sources and Predicting Problems

Moderator: Karen Brown

3:15pm-3:40pm

Where to get Information on Everything - Karen Brown, UF/IFAS

3:40pm-4:15pm

Problems Predicting Invasiveness - Alison Fox, UF/IFAS

4:15pm-5:05pm

Sponsor Recognition - 2 Minute Product Updates

5:05pm

Session Ends / Dinner on own

Wednesday Plant Identification Sessions

Each session is limited to 50 people.  Please sign up in the Registration Office.

9:45am-10:40am

Aquatic Plant Identification - Don Doggett,  Lee County Hyacinth Control

10:45am-11:40am

Wetland/Natural Area Weed Identification - Mike Meisenburg, UF/IFAS and Mike Bodle, SFWMD

1:00pm-1:55pm

Aquatic Plant Identification - Don Doggett,  Lee County Hyacinth Control

3:15pm-4:10pm

 

Wetland/Natural Area Weed Identification - Mike Meisenburg, UF/IFAS and Mike Bodle, SFWMD

 Wednesday Special Calibration Sessions

Each session is limited to 25 people.  Please sign up in the Registration Office.

1:00pm-2:40pm

Outdoor Session D - Herbicide Application Equipment Training - Richard Cromwell & Vernon Vandiver, UF/IFAS

3:15pm-4:55pm

Outdoor Session E - Herbicide Application Equipment Training - Richard Cromwell & Vernon Vandiver, UF/IFAS

 

Thursday, May 17, 2007

7:00am-5:00pm

Registration Office Open

7:00am-5:00pm

Sponsor Displays in Pre-Function Area

7:00am-5:00pm

Plant Identification Room Open to Attendees

7:00am-8:00am

Early Morning Refreshments

8:00am-5:00pm

TWO CONCURRENT SESSIONS

(Continued from Wednesday morning)

Session I – Continuing Education Units, CEU Training:

Licensed applicators attending the short course to earn CEU’s toward license renewal should attend this session. 

Session II – Classroom Calibration - Core Training

If this is your first short course or you will be taking the exam on Friday to become a certified applicator, we highly recommend that you attend this training session, which will include in-depth review of calibration, natural areas and aquatic weed control training.

CONCURRENT SESSION 1

Continuing Education Units, CEU Training

 

SESSION

Biological Control, Aquatics and Natural Areas

Moderator: Jim Cuda

8:00am-8:50am

Biological Control of Hydrilla - Bill Overholt, UF/IFAS

8:50am-9:15am

Grass Carp - Michael Sowinski, FFWCC

9:15am-9:40am

Melaleuca, TAME and Other Projects - Paul Pratt, USDA/ARS

9:40am-10:00am

Refreshment Break and Networking

SESSION

Aquatic Issues/Programs

Moderator: Jim Cuda

10:00am-10:30am

Florida Aquatic Weed Management Program in State Water - Jeff Schardt, FL DEP

10:30am-11-20am

Herbicide Resistance, a Problem in Aquatics and Other Natural Areas Weed Control? - Nick Polge, Syngenta

11:20am-1:00pm

Lunch on own

SESSION

Rights of Way/Natural Areas Weed Control

Moderator: Jay Ferrell

1:00pm-1:25pm

Florida DOT Right-of-Way Weed Control - Tim Allen, Florida DOT

1:25pm-1:50pm

Brush Control From the Bottom Up - Jay Ferrell, UF/IFAS

1:50pm-2:15pm

DEP Natural Areas Weed Control - Jackie Smith, FLDEP

2:15pm-2:40pm

Natural Areas Weed Control - Kris Serbesoff-King, Nature Conservancy

2:40pm-3:05pm

Herbicide Programs for Lygodium - Jeff Hutchinson, UF/IFAS

3:05pm-3:20pm

Refreshment Break and Networking

SESSION

Additional Weed Control Programs/Concerns

Moderator: Bill Haller

3:20pm-4:10pm

Invasive Weeds, Endangered Species and Management in Central Nebraska - Kent Aden, Central Nebraska Public Power District

4:10pm-5:00pm

Airboats and Pesticide Safety - Carlton Layne - USEPA, Retired

CONCURRENT SESSION 2

Classroom Calibration - Core Training

SESSION

General Standards/Core Review

Moderator: Laura Powell

8:00am-9:40am

General Standards/Core Review - Laura Powell, UF/IFAS

9:40am-10:00am

Refreshment Break and Networking

10:00am-11:40am

General Standards/Core Review - Laura Powell, UF/IFAS

11:40am-1:15pm

Lunch on own

SESSION

Weed Control Training

Moderator: Chris Mudge

1:15pm-3:00pm

Restricted Use Pesticide applicator Certification Training - Aquatics - Chris Mudge, UF/IFAS

3:00pm-3:20pm

Refreshment Break and Networking

3:20pm-5:00pm

Restricted Use Pesticide Applicator Certification Training - Natural Areas - Jeff Hutchinson, UF/IFAS

5:00pm

Concurrent Sessions End

5:15pm-7:15pm

Networking Social – Breezes Patio

 

Friday, May 18, 2007

7:00am-8:00am

Early Morning Refreshments

9:00am-11:00am

How to Deal with Media, Public Concerns - Paul Omodt, Vice President Media Relations, Padilla, Speer and Beardsley (Compliments of BASF Corp.)

8:00am-12:00pm

CORE and Category Testing

12:00pm

Short Course Concludes

*Be sure to arrive for the testing before the 8:00am start time.

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Special Sessions

Outdoor - Aquatic Herbicide Application Equipment Training
Attendees will have the opportunity to sign-up for a 1.5 hour “hands-on” group outdoor calibration session either Tuesday or Wednesday. Equipment such as a boom sprayer, hand-gun sprayer, and dry material spreader applicator will be demonstrated.
(Sign-up in the Registration Office - Sessions limited to 25 people)
 

Conducted by Richard Cromwell and Vernon Vandiver.
[Location: Parking Lot]

Live Aquatic Weed & Plant Identification
Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and examine numerous aquatic and invasive weeds, aquatic plants and selected ornamental aquatic plants. The plants will be on display Tuesday – Thursday, during the published times in the agenda.


Conducted by Don Doggett and staff of the Lee County Hyacinth Control District.

 

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Continuing Education Units

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) may be earned by attending this course. A representative from the Florida Pesticide Certification Office will be available to answer questions regarding CEUs and Florida licensing requirements -or- contact the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Pesticide Certification Office at 850-488-3314.

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NOTE: Requirements for awarding CEUs vary by state. North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia license holders may not receive the same number of CEUs authorized by the State of Florida. Specific questions should be referred to your state Pesticide Certification Office. Applicators must present a Commercial, Public and/or Private Pesticide License and a social security number to have CEUs applied toward license renewal.

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Certification Examinations

Commercial, Public and/or Private Pesticide Applicator Certification testing will be offered on Friday, May 18 from 8:00am to 12noon. There is no charge for taking an examination.

How long will the test take? Each examination takes approximately one hour to complete, depending on the individual. If time allows, you are permitted to take more than one test. Calculators for use during the exams will be issued by exam administrators on a borrow basis prior to the exams.

What other examinations will be offered? In addition to the General Standards (CORE) examination, examinations are offered in many other primary and secondary categories, which are listed below.

Examination Categories:

Primary Categories: Agricultural Animal Pest Control; Agricultural Pest Control; Agricultural Row Crop Pest Control; Agricultural Tree Crop Pest Control; Aquatic Pest Control; Forest Pest Control; Natural Areas Weed Management; Organotin Anti-fouling Paint Pest Control; Ornamental & Turf Pest Control; Private Applicator Soil & Greenhouse Fumigation; Seed Treatment; Right-of-Way Pest Control; Wood Treatment.

Secondary Categories: Aerial Application; Demonstration & Research.

Please note: Certification for most categories requires a passing score on both the General Standards (CORE) and applicable category examinations.

Preparation for Exams:

During the short course we will review most of the material that will be covered on the General Standards (CORE) and certain category certification exams. In addition it is highly recommended that you review the appropriate Pesticide Application Training Manual for the categories in which you will be testing.

If you don’t already have a manual, you may purchase one prior to the short course. IFAS Extension Bookstore has a wide selection of training manuals from which to choose. (See purchasing information below.)

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Live Aquatic Weed & Plant Exhibit

Participants will have an opportunity to examine numerous aquatic and invasive weeds, aquatic plants and selected ornamental aquatic plants.

This display is kindly provided by Mr. Donald W. Doggett and staff of the Lee County Hyacinth Control District, Fort Myers, FL.

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IFAS Publication Sales

Aquatic weed, weed science, and aquatic plant extension publications from the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) will be available for sale at the short course. You will be able to choose from plant identification books, pesticide training manuals, educational videos, weed control guides, and related publications. For advance purchases, please contact IFAS Extension Bookstore at (352) 392-1764. For Visa or Master Card purchases, call 1-800-226-1764 or visit the Publication Sales web site at:
www.ifasbooks.ufl.edu/merchant2 (click on “pesticides”).

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Registration Information

The registration fee provides each attendee the educational program, course materials, a Book of Presentations, an Aquatic Weed hat, morning, mid-day and afternoon refreshments, the Tuesday evening welcome reception and the Thursday evening networking social.

Registration Fees

Early Reduced Registration Fee
(By February 28, 2007)

$225.00

Regular Registration Fee
(By April 20, 2007)

$275.00

Late Registration Fee
(After April 20, 2007)
$325.00
Student Registration Fee
(Student attendees must fax a copy of their Student ID to Office of Conferences and Institutes at:
352-392-9734 to register.)
$100.00


Before clicking on the "Register Now" link below, we recommend that you have payment information on-hand, such as credit card, check number or purchase order number, if we are to invoice your institution.

 

We are delighted you wish to register for this event.

Advanced registration is closed, however, we will
be happy to register you onsite and look forward
to your participation.

THANK YOU!!!

Refund Policy: Requests for registration refunds will be honored if written notice of cancellation is received by the Office of Conferences and Institutes on or before Friday, April 20, 2007. A $50.00 processing fee will be deducted from all refunds. No refunds will be honored for cancellations after Friday, April 20, 2007.

Special Needs: Special needs (such as visual, hearing or walking impairments) of registered attendees can be reasonably accommodated if they contact the Office of Conferences & Institutes at least 10 working days prior to the short course. We can be reached by phone at 1-352-392-5930, by fax at 1-352-392-9734, or by email at mstage@ufl.edu. If calling from within the State of Florida, the office can be reached at 1-800-955-8771 (TDD).
 

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Meeting Site and Hotel Accommodations

11775 Heron Bay Boulevard
Coral Springs, FL 33076

PHONE: 954-753-5598
FAX: 954-753-2888
TOLL FREE: 800-311-8018

 

Hotel Exterior

Please join us at the upscale resort-style Marriott hotel & conference center located directly on the Tournament Player's Club at Heron Bay golf course. The Marriott is conveniently located midway between Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, just off the Sawgrass Expressway, in the prestigious Heron Bay development.

 

Special rates for participants of the Aquatic Weed Control Short Course are as follows:

  • Regular Room - $95 per night (one to four people)

  • Concierge Level Room - $105 per night (one to four people)

  • King Executive Suite - $105 per night (one to four people)

  • One Bedroom Suite - $185 per night (one to four people)

(All room rates are subject to 11.03% state and local taxes)

  • Reservations must be made by Monday, April 23, 2007 in order to receive this group rate. Please be aware the block of rooms may fill before the deadline, so we urge you to make your reservation as soon as possible. After Monday, April 23, the discounted rate is not guaranteed on possible remaining rooms.

  • To make a reservation, call the Marriott Coral Springs Hotel reservations direct line at 1-800-311-8018 and identify yourself as a participant of the Aquatic Weed Control Short Course to receive the reduced rates.

Please note:
- All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. The hotel will not hold any reservations after 6:00pm on the day of arrival if not secured by one of the above methods.

- The hotel check-in time is 3:00pm and check out is 12:00pm.
 

Click here for directions and map to Coral Springs Marriott Hotel, Golf Club and Convention Center.

 

Overflow Hotel Accommodations

In the event the Coral Springs Marriott is full over the dates (May 13-18, 2007) you are requesting accommodations, the following hotel property is offering guest rooms to Aquatic Weed Control attendees:

              La Quinta Inns and La Quinta Inn & Suites

La Quinta Inn Coral Springs University Drive
 
3701 University Dr.
  Coral Springs, FL 33065
  Phone: (954)753-9000
  Fax: (954)755-4012
  Reservations: 1-800-531-5900

The La Quinta Inn Ft. Lauderdale-Coral Springs/University Drive at Sample Rd is situated just minutes from the Aquatic Weed Control Short Course meeting site, located at the Coral Springs Marriott Hotel, Golf Club, and Convention Center. For driving directions, click here.

The La Quinta is offering Aquatic Weed attendee’s the rates listed below. To receive the special rates, contact the La Quinta’s reservations line directly at 1-800-531-5900 and identify yourself as a participant of the Aquatic Weed Control Short Course.

  • $85 per night for a King room (non-smoking)

  • $85 per night for a Double Bed room with View of Nature Preserve (non-smoking)

(All room rates are subject to 11% state and local taxes)

Reservations must be made by April 30, 2007 in order to receive this group rate. After April 30, the group rate may no longer be available.

 

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2007 Sponsor Appreciation

 

It is only through the generous financial contributions from the following industry leaders that this short course is possible, and their donations are greatly appreciated and significantly enhance the program.

Anyone who wishes to participate as a sponsor of the 2007 Short Course may contact Bill Haller, Short Course Organizer.

2007 Short Course Sponsors

 

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Related Sites of Interest


UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research
and Education Center

Florida DEP
Division of Water Facilities

UF/IFAS Publications


UF/IFAS
Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants


Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council

University of Florida
School of Natural Resources
and Environment


Global Invasive Species Program

Plant Management Societies

Other Organizations

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Travel & Area Information

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) serves millions of travelers from all over the world and is located in the heart of Florida's Gold Coast. Just a ten-minute drive from immaculate beaches, the area's business district, hotels, golf courses and many other major attractions.


Miami International Airport (MIA), one of the busiest airports in the world, is served by over 100 airlines taking travelers to approximately 150 destinations around the globe. Miami International Airport (MIA) has more than 33.6 million passengers and 500,000 take-offs and landings each year.

 

Miami Shuttle is available in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach & all south Florida area with a NON SHARE & DIRECT transportation service 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
 


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For Further Information

Program Information

Dr. Bill Haller -- Short Course Organizer
Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
UF/IFAS
7922 NW 71st Street
Gainesville, FL 32611-0610
PHONE: 352-392-9615
FAX: 352-392-3462
EMAIL: whaller@ufl.edu

Meeting Information

Mandy Stage -- Short Course Coordinator
Office of Conferences and Institutes (OCI)
UF/IFAS

PO Box 110750, Building 639, Mowry Road
Gainesville, FL 32611-0750

PHONE: 352-392-5930
FAX: 352-392-9734
EMAIL: mstage@ufl.edu

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