The IPM Climate & Weather Conference – Aug. 15 at Albany CCE, Voorheesville, NY

Climate, Weather, Data: Protecting Our Crops and Landscapes will be held Aug. 15 at the Albany County Cornell Cooperative Extension Office, 24 Martin Rd., Voorheesville, NY 12186. Because space is limited, pre-register on the Registration page.  The Climate, Weather, Data portal has maps, an agenda and registration details. If you have questions, call Amanda Grace at or 315-787-2208. The program will run from 9:00-4:15 and costs $45 – which includes lunch, breaks and materials. Yes, get DEC credits, too!

With all the talk about climate change you might be wondering how it will affect food production, pests, and even landscapes—and what you can do about it. This is definitely a year when weather changes have affected our crops – from the Valentine’s Day massacre winter freeze to plant life gasping for water.  Come and learn how gathering information on weather and climate can help growers, gardeners and landscapers plan for changes. Find details on The Climate and Weather Conference webpage.

We are honored that Richard Ball, the Commissioner of the New York State (NYS) Department of Agriculture and Markets, will kick off the conference with opening remarks. A wide variety of speakers from NYS and the Northeast will provide background information on the current state of knowledge on climate change and changes in our weather patterns, and how collecting climate and weather data can help us predict and manage pests. Open discussion sessions are included so you can ask your own questions. Join us to learn and discuss!

Agenda below or access it on the Climate and Weather Conference webpage!

Climate, Weather, Data: Protecting Our Crops and Landscapes

The 2nd Annual IPM Conference – August 15, 2016 at Albany CCE, Voorheesville NY

Organized and hosted by the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYS IPM)

Supported in part with funding from Cornell Cooperative Extension.

8:30-9:00              Pick up registration materials.  Sign up for DEC credits.


9:00-9:15              Introduction – Elizabeth Lamb, Ornamentals IPM Coordinator, NYS IPM

Welcome – Richard Ball, NYS Commissioner of Agriculture

Collecting weather data and predicting pests

9:20-9:40              The New York State Mesonet – Jerry Brotzge, Program Manager, NYS Mesonet

9:45-10:05           The Suffolk County Network & how we use it – Becky Wiseman and Laurie McBride, Agricultural Stewardship Program, Suffolk County Cornell Cooperative Extension

10:05-10:15         Break

10:15-10:35         Exploiting the vagaries of weather with open access tools on the Network for Environment and Weather Apps (NEWA) – Julie Carroll, Leader NEWA, NYS IPM

10:40-11:00         Weather forecasting and modeling for diversified vegetable growers – Katie Campbell-Nelson, Vegetable Extension Educator, UMass Extension

11:05-11:25         Ag-Radar: A low cost system to integrate weather into farm management decisions – Glen Koehler, Associate Scientist IPM, UMaine Cooperative Extension

11:30-12:00         Discussion, with the speaker panel

12:00-12:45         Lunch

Climate change and its impact on pests

12:45-1:05           Climate Change: Challenges and opportunities for all of us – Mike Hoffmann, Executive Director, Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture (CICCA)

1:10-1:30              Climate change and pests: A Northeastern IPM Center Signature Program – Steve Young, Director, Northeastern IPM Center

1:35-1:55              USDA Northeast Climate Hub – David Hollinger, Director, USDA Northeast Regional Climate Hub

1:55-2:05              Break

2:05-2:25              Cornell’s Climate Smart Farming Program: Training, decision tools and extension support for farmers – Allison Chatrchyan, Director, CICCA

2:30-2:50              Arthropod-borne diseases and climate in New York – Bryon Backenson, NYS Dept of Health, Bureau of Communicable Disease Control

2:55-3:15              Cornell Plantations’ Climate Change Garden – Elizabeth Lamb

3:20-3:50              Discussion, with the speaker panel

3:55-4:15              Evaluation and wrap up – Elizabeth Lamb

4:15                        Adjourn. Safe travels!

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