May 15, 2017
SWD, IPM workshop set for Latino blueberry growers

Latino blueberry growers are invited to a spotted wing drosophila (SWD) and integrated pest management training and pesticide applicator certification license test on Saturday, May 20.

Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Food and Farming Systems and Very Blue Farms of Covert, Michigan, will host the workshop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  at Lakeside Entertainment Bowling Alley, 09921 Blue Star Memorial Highway, South Haven, MI 49090. This workshop will address how to manage and control critical blueberry pests like fruitworms and SWD.

It will also offer the opportunity to take the pesticide applicator certification license test for those who wish to obtain the license to purchase and apply restricted use insecticides in blueberries. Before the test, there will be a brief review of the Michigan Core Training Manual (Private Applicator Core Manual). The exam can be taken in English or Spanish.

Four RUP credits are available to growers who want to renew their pesticide applicator certification license.

There will be a recuperation fee of $25 per person to cover lunch and materials. A separate fee of $50 per person (check or money order only, payable to the “State of Michigan”) will be required for growers interested in taking the exam to obtain their pesticide applicator license.

For more information and pre-registration, call Filiberto Villa Gomez at 269-830-2309; Jesus Barajas at 616-990-5155; or Carlos Garcia at 616-260-0671 or email [email protected].

For full workshop agenda or more information, visit

75 Applewood Drive, Suite A
P.O. Box 128
Sparta, MI 49345
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