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Speaker: Dr. Erfan Vafaie, Extension Program Specialist IPM

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    My Educational Programs / Sessions @ Nursery/Landscape EXPO

    TDA CEU Session: Growing Strong with Best Management Practices for Insect and Disease Control
    Wednesday, August 9 -- 2:35 PM - 3:35 PM

    Best Management Practices to maintain disease and pest-free plants by promoting healthy plants and a beneficial environment. Take-Away Bullet Points: 1. Importance of plant sanitation and cultural practices as best management practices to maintain low disease and insect pressure. 2. Common and practical sanitation practices to reducing pathogen load and insect populations between or during crop cycles. 3. Cultural practices that can be detrimental to plant health or promote insects, such as broad-spectrum pesticides, over-fertilization, over/under irrigation, or poor soil drainage. 4. Soil fungi or bacteria that have proven efficacy in promoting healthy roots and ultimately plant health to increase resilience to plant disease. Erfan Vafaie, PhD, is a dedicated entomologist who works closely with growers to understand and manage insects and pathogens in greenhouse and nursery crops. He is a sought-after trainer who has shared his expertise with growers, master gardeners, landscapers, and academics throughout the USA and Canada. Erfan's training topics have included integrated pest management in greenhouses, management of specific invasive or common insect pests, crop scouting strategies, how to develop effective biological control programs, and Texas Certified Clean Nursery training. Previously, Erfan served as an Extension Program Specialist in IPM for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, where he focused on helping greenhouse, nursery, and ornamental growers with a combination of research and training. In his current role as Technical Services Manager for BioWorks Inc., he continues to support growers by providing guidance on pest management strategies, assists with selecting the right product for the job, and provides hands-on training to use products right.



    My Show Floor Education Demos @ Nursery/Landscape EXPO

    Demo: Propagation Station – Proper Application and Use of Pesticides in the Greenhouse
    Friday, August 11 -- 9:30 AM - 10:10 AM

    Explore different pesticides available to treat common greenhouse issues and gain tips on proper spray application techniques to use. Located in Hall 2 near the TNLA PAC Lounge. With Dr. Erfan Vafaie with BioWorks, Inc. Erfan Vafaie, PhD, is a dedicated entomologist who works closely with growers to understand and manage insects and pathogens in greenhouse and nursery crops. He is a sought-after trainer who has shared his expertise with growers, master gardeners, landscapers, and academics throughout the USA and Canada. Erfan's training topics have included integrated pest management in greenhouses, management of specific invasive or common insect pests, crop scouting strategies, how to develop effective biological control programs, and Texas Certified Clean Nursery training. Previously, Erfan served as an Extension Program Specialist in IPM for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, where he focused on helping greenhouse, nursery, and ornamental growers with a combination of research and training. In his current role as Technical Services Manager for BioWorks Inc., he continues to support growers by providing guidance on pest management strategies, assists with selecting the right product for the job, and provides hands-on training to use products right.

    Demo: Propagation Station – Biosolutions for the Greenhouse
    Friday, August 11 -- 1:40 PM - 2:20 PM

    Biocontrols in the Greenhouse continue to provide many benefits including improving pest control. In this demo gain examples of different biocontrol measures you can use at your growing facility. Located in Hall 2 near the TNLA PAC Lounge. With speaker Dr. Erfan Vafaie with BioWorks, Inc. Erfan Vafaie, PhD, is a dedicated entomologist who works closely with growers to understand and manage insects and pathogens in greenhouse and nursery crops. He is a sought-after trainer who has shared his expertise with growers, master gardeners, landscapers, and academics throughout the USA and Canada. Erfan's training topics have included integrated pest management in greenhouses, management of specific invasive or common insect pests, crop scouting strategies, how to develop effective biological control programs, and Texas Certified Clean Nursery training. Previously, Erfan served as an Extension Program Specialist in IPM for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, where he focused on helping greenhouse, nursery, and ornamental growers with a combination of research and training. In his current role as Technical Services Manager for BioWorks Inc., he continues to support growers by providing guidance on pest management strategies, assists with selecting the right product for the job, and provides hands-on training to use products right.


         

    Dr. Erfan Vafaie, Extension Program Specialist IPM
    at Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center at Overton

    Mr. Vafaie joined the AgriLife team in 2013 as the extension program specialist in integrated pest management. With a background in entomology, biological control and experience in farming, Mr. Vafaie’s goal is to deliver training in practical, economic and sustainable means of pest management. Mr. Vafaie’s interests include banker plants, trap plants, natural predators, parasitoids and cultural practices to reduce insect pest pressures. In addition to grower education, Mr. Vafaie aspires to fill the gap in public knowledge about general farming practices, pesticide tolerance and insect damage tolerance.


    Texas A&M AgriLife - Urban agriculture & forestry, water & land resources, healthy living
    The Texas A&M AgriLife Center at Dallas is a scientific research campus and headquarters for public teaching. Texas A&M AgriLife researchers and extension specialists at Dallas work to advance three areas: urban agriculture and forestry, water and land resources, and healthy living.



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