Issue 17, October 22, 2013

They're Back ... First Detector Workshops Scheduled for 2014

As promised, we have news on the upcoming 2014 First Detector Workshops. Dates have been officially set, and plans are taking place to make this second installment of the Illinois First Detector Workshops a success.

Similar to the 2013 workshops, those in 2014 will take place at several locations around the state. The focus of the 2014 workshops will be on current and emerging landscape and nursery pests. Each location will have sessions devoted new oak insects and pathogens and invasive plants. These in depth training sessions will cover material that includes: identification/detection, life cycle/biology, hosts, sampling, management, commonly confused look-a-likes, and more. New this year, a session will also cover the regulation of some of these pests and address some very interesting questions that were raised last year.

Registration information will soon be available from each Extension host site. The cost of the program will be $40, with lunch provided. This fee will help cover the program costs as well as provide funding to continue this program on an annual basis. Continuing education credits have been applied for: Illinois Arborists Association, Continuing Forestry Education Credits, Professional Landcare Network, and Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.


Workshop Information

January 14

Illinois Central College in Peoria
Contact: Rhonda Ferree (
Registration opens December 1

January 16

Madison-Monroe-St. Clair Unit Branch Office in Collinsville
Contact: Sara Ruth (
Registration available soon!

February 20  

Jackson County Extension Office in Murphysboro
Contact: Sonja Lallemand (

February 27

Klehm Arboretum in Rockford
Contact: Candace Miller (
Registration opens November 1

March 12

Macon County Extension Office in Decatur
Contact: Jennifer Nelson (
Registration available soon!

March 27

Will County Extension Office in Joliet
Contact: Richard Hentschel (
Registration available soon!

We hope you can join us for an informative workshop! (Kelly Estes, State Survey Coordinator, Illinois Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey Program; Stephanie Porter, Diagnostician, University of Illinois Plant Clinic)

Kelly Estes
Stephanie Porter

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