Aug 1, 2019
Farwest Program to Address Pest Management

The 2019 Farwest Show has scheduled seven seminars dealing with important aspects of pests and pest control. In addition to being timely and informative, the seminars offer credit for pesticide recertification.

The Farwest Show will take place Aug. 21–23 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

Three of the seminars will be delivered by industry experts Coleen Warfield, Kelly Vance and Lloyd Traven. The speakers will give talks on the spread of pathogens, pest identification for biocontrol, and biocontrol implementation.

Warfield, corporate plant pathologist at Ball Horticultural Company, will speak on understanding how a pathogen spreads is an integral part of any plant disease management program. Her talk, “Did You Just Touch That?: Sanitation and the Spread of Pathogens,” is scheduled for 8:30–9:30 a.m. on Aug. 21.

Vance, integrated pest management (IPM) specialist at Beneficial Insectary, will help growers with the challenge of implementing biocontrols and their decisions regarding which predators, parasitoids or biopesticides. His talk, “Why Your Program Failed: The Importance of Pest Identification in Biocontrol Programs,”  is scheduled for 9:45–10:45 a.m. on Aug. 21.

Traven, owner and founder of Peace Tree Farm LLC, will deliver a talk on the efficacy of biocontrols in growing operations as a viable alternative to harsher chemical control. Traven’s talk, “A Systematic Approach to Implementing Biocontrols,” is scheduled for 8:30–9:30 a.m. on Aug. 22.

All pesticide seminars will also be offered with live Spanish interpretation. Registration for the sessions is required. Convenient registration is available at

Complete details on events, daily schedules, speakers, and education for Farwest can be found at