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  • November 13, 2022 1:42 PM | Anonymous

    The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is hosting a webinar that will cover spotted lanternfly biology, egg mass scraping, and an update for Massachusetts and Connecticut. The webinar is free and part of our quarterly update series.  

    This session is eligible for the following education credits: 1 Mass. pesticide license credit (ALL categories and license types!), 1 MA Forestry License credit, and the following association credits: 1 MCA credit, 1 MCH credit, 1 MCLP credit, ¾ ISA credit, or ½ MQTW credit 

    Attendance for the full live session and response to all poll questions is required to receive these credits. 

     What will you learn?

    • Life Cycle of the Spotted Lanternfly
    • Impacts on Maple and Other Tree Species
    • Potential Impacts on the Maple Industry

     Extension Educator, Brian Walsh, will discuss what is known about the spotted lanternfly (SLF) and observations about maple trees that provide insight as to the impact the insect could have on the industry.

    Date and time: 11/16/22 10:00-11:10AM ET


  • November 13, 2022 1:29 PM | Anonymous

  • July 13, 2022 11:44 AM | Anonymous

    MASSACHUSETTS | Revised Pesticide Bill Introduced, Expands Pesticide Restrictions on School Property, Allows for Electronic Records. 

    On Tuesday, a new draft of House Bill 4600 was introduced on Beacon Hill that would make changes to the Massachusetts Pesticide Control Act, Chapter 132b, including the expansion of restrictions on pesticide use on school grounds to include public institutions of higher education. Massachusetts has long had restrictions on pesticide use in and around public K-12 schools and day care facilities requiring IPM planning, public notification and application restrictions. The bill now requires schools to adopt and implement IPM plans by November 1, 2022. The bill will also make changes to the reporting requirements of pesticide use to the state, first allowing the state’s Department of Agricultural Resources to collect the information electronically via the already established ePlace Portal system and will require the state to make that data available to the public on an annual basis.  

    The state’s formal, two-year session will end on July 31st with much negotiation going on until the final hour.  The new bill, House 4931, is expected to be voted on in the House shortly.  

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  • July 12, 2022 7:21 PM | Anonymous

    The July 19th, 2022, CONN-OSHA Breakfast Roundtable topic is “Lyme Connection - BLAST Tickborne Disease Prevention Education”

    This will be a Zoom virtual event.

    You must register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.Register Here!

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  • June 30, 2022 8:53 PM | Anonymous

    UMass Extension’s Green School (UMass Extension)

    October 25, 2022 – December 15, 2022 | 3 hours (plus break) on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons | $900 early bird, $1,025 regular, scholarships available

    A comprehensive 60-plus-hour-certificate short course that offers fundamental horticultural training in a compact time frame. The program is designed for professional practitioners such as landscapers, lawn care providers, nursery operators, sports field managers, public and private grounds managers, arborists, professional gardeners, landscape and garden designers, and others in the green industries. Both experienced professionals and those aspiring to be will benefit from this course.

    Registration deadline October 18.

    For early-bird tuition rate, register by September 15.

  • June 24, 2022 12:15 PM | Anonymous

  • June 10, 2022 5:28 PM | Anonymous

    According to The Advocate

    The Massachusetts Glyphosate Commission released the Phase I report that was earlier commissioned by MDAR to begin the process of complying with legislature’s scientific review of the popular herbicide. Eastern Research Group (ERG), the same contractor that assisted the Commonwealth on the recently concluded Mosquito Control for the 21st Century Task Force, completed the 20-page overview of available information, key assessments, identification of stakeholders for future consultation and next steps. Since the funds made available by the legislature were far less than what the market demanded for a complete review, the commission divided the task into two phases. Once phase I is complete, the commission plans to ask the legislature for sufficient funds to complete the study.

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