Complete line-up for seminars includes CORE, first aid

Here are all the classes planned for the 2017 Willamette Valley Ag Expo.

By Geoff Parks

For the Capital Press

Published on November 2, 2017 9:09AM

Large crowds attend the seminars and classes at the 2016 Willamette Valley Ag Expo.

Courtesy of Kristi Crawford

Large crowds attend the seminars and classes at the 2016 Willamette Valley Ag Expo.


CORE pesticide training and credit hours, first aid classes and forklift training are highlights of the classes and seminars featured at this year’s Willamette Valley Ag Expo, said Jill Ingalls, the Expo’s event coordinator.

No registration is required for the CORE training sessions, she said.

Here’s the line-up:


Tuesday, Nov. 14


Meetings

• Oregon Farm Bureau Luncheon, by invitation

Training

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Going Soft on Pollinators and Hard on Pests — Andony Melathopoulos (1 CORE credit) No registration required.

Course description: There is concern about the impact of pesticides on pollinating insects, and new state and federal regulations around pesticide use and pollinators. This session will have an easy-to-apply set of rules to help attendees judge how to apply pesticides with minimal impact to pollinators. Attendees will leave this session being able to judge the risk of a pesticide treatment to pollinators from information on the pesticide label and using publication PNW 591, “How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides,” as well as the accompanying free mobile app and take practical steps for reducing this risk, while still keeping pests under control.

Speaker biography: Melathopoulos is an assistant professor of pollinator health extension in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. He has over 15 years of experience working with commercial beekeepers and growers to develop solutions for keeping bees healthy and crop yields high. Since 2016 he has been leading OSU’s efforts to design, implement and evaluate a statewide pollinator health program.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Worker Protection Standards Update — Janet Fultus (1 CORE credit). No registration required.

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Practical Sprayer Calibration — Andy Steinkamp (2 CORE credits). No registration required.

Course description: This course will cover the importance of sprayer calibration, sprayer calibration methods and dry bait calibration methods. It will cover step-by-step examples using basic math. There will be a best practices discussion and time for questions. The course will include discussing use of sprayer controllers and monitors but it will not cover specific controller brands and operations.

Speaker biography: Andy Steinkamp is a location manager for Valley Agronomics in Donald, Ore. He graduated from the University of Idaho with degrees in ag systems management and ag business. He has worked in the ag retailer industry for the last 10 years.

He was raised on a family farm near Gervais, where he first worked with sprayers in cane berries and onions. Steinkamp has been involved in all areas of application over his years as a grower, applicator, manager and in sales. He currently holds an Oregon commercial applicator’s license.


Wednesday, Nov. 15


Meetings

Pennington Seed Growers Breakfast, by invitation

3-5 p.m.

Growing Olives and Producing Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Oregon.

An informational session by Bogdan Caceu, executive director of Olive Growers of Oregon, about all aspects of growing olives and producing premium olive oil in Oregon. Also featured is the new OSU olive research project by Neil Bell, OSU Extension community horticulturist, and Victoria Binning, OSU Extension agriculture program coordinator. Followed by Q&A session with Caceu, Bell and Binning. No preregistration required.

Training

1-3 p.m.

Forklift Certification Training (advance registration required online). Includes classroom, workbook, written knowledge check verification and a scheduled practical driving evaluation immediately following. Proof of successful completion of course, knowledge check and practical driving evaluation provided within seven days. Program and equipment provided/donated by Papé Material Handling and Overton Safety Training. Class size is limited to 50 people. Advance registration online at www.wvaexpo.com. This class is free with paid admission.

10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

CPR/AED/Standard First Aid Training (advance registration required at http://wvaexpo.com/classes/)

CPR — Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: Participants will review and practice emergency procedures that prepare responders to act in breathing and cardiac related emergency situations with adults and children (ages 12 and older). There will be demonstrations and practices to develop proper technique for chest compressions as well as techniques when dealing with unconscious choking situations in adults and children.

AED — Automated External Defibrillator: Training will offer device tech info, preparation, and operation. Participants will be trained on how to use the AED for adult and pediatric victims.

1:30-2:45 p.m.

Standard First Aid: Participants will review skills to recognize and respond to sudden illness such as diabetic emergencies, seizures, stroke and allergic reaction as well as care for electrical shock, conscious choking, bleeding wounds, and bone/joint injury. Training will culminate with skills practice and testing. Certification awarded upon completion.

Cost: $30 for CPR/AED/First Aid Training; $15 for First Aid Training only


Thursday, Nov. 16


Training

10:30-12:30 p.m.

Practical Sprayer Calibration — Andy Steinkamp (2 CORE credits). No registration required.

Course description: This course will cover the importance of sprayer calibration, sprayer calibration methods and dry bait calibration methods. It will cover step-by-step examples using basic math. There will be a best practices discussion and time for questions. The course will include discussing use of sprayer controllers and monitors but it will not cover specific controller brands and operations.

Speaker biography: Steinkamp is a location manager for Valley Agronomics in Donald, Ore. He graduated from the University of Idaho with degrees in ag systems management and ag business. He has worked in the ag retail industry for the last 10 years.

He was raised on a family farm near Gervais where he first worked with sprayers in cane berries and onions. He has been involved in all areas of application over his years as a grower, applicator, manager and in sales. He holds an Oregon commercial applicator’s license.

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Worker Protection Standards Update — Janet Fultus (1 CORE credit). No registration required.

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Going Soft on Pollinators and Hard on Pests — Andony Melathopoulos (1 CORE credit) No registration required.

Course description: There is concern about the impact of pesticides on pollinating insects, and new state and federal regulations around pesticide use and pollinators.

This session will have an easy-to-apply set of rules to help attendees judge how to apply pesticides with minimal impact to pollinators. Attendees will leave this session being able to judge the risk of a pesticide treatment to pollinators from information on the pesticide label and using publication PNW 591, “How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides,” as well as the accompanying free mobile app and take practical steps for reducing this risk, while still keeping pests under control.

Speaker biography: Melathopoulos is an assistant professor of pollinator health extension in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University.

He has over 15 years of experience working with commercial beekeepers and growers to develop solutions for keeping bees healthy and crop yields high.

Since 2016 he has been leading OSU’s efforts to design, implement and evaluate a statewide pollinator health program.



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