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Agriculture

Workshop focuses on pesty bugs

URBANA – The University of Illinois Extension will present an invasive pest awareness workshop in the new year.

The first will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 14 at Illinois Central College, 1 College Drive, East Peoria. Write Rhonda Ferree at ferreer@illinois.edu for details and to register.

The workshop will be repeated from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 27 at Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. Write Candice Miller at mille116@illinois.edu for information and registration.

The focus of the workshops will be on potential oak threats in Illinois, such as the oak splendor beetle, goldspotted oak borer, and sudden oak death. Sessions will cover identification and detection, life cycle/biology, hosts, sampling, management, and lookalikes. Hands-on activities will allow those attending to examine pests and diseases in more detail.

The workshop is targeted for certified arborists, tree care professionals, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, forestry and natural resource professionals, conservationists, and others interested in trees. An application has been made for continuing education units in IAA Certified Arborists, continuing forestry education credits, Professional Landcare Network, and Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America.

There is a $40 nonrefundable fee, covering instruction, an on-site lunch, and training materials. Space is limited.

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