2020 Virtual Symposium

December 9th, 2020
8.00am - 12.00pm

virtual online event with recertification credits


Provisional Credit 2020 CEU Summary

Virtual Agenda (click here to download pdf version)

8:00 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.
Welcome, Layout of Virtual Format, and President's Remarks
Dorie Berry, President NCVMA Board

8:20 a.m - 8:50 a.m.
The Who, The What, and The How of Native Bees
Hannah Levenson, Graduate Research Associate, Tarpy Laboratory, Dept of Entomology

During this session, attendees will learn about the diversity of native bees found in North Carolina and how these species can differ in their habitats and behaviors. Mrs. Levenson will also assist attendees with understanding what can be done to support these important organisms, as well as what is already being done, through examples of ongoing research throughout NC and beyond.

8:50 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
North Carolina Department of Ag and Consumer Services Resources
Dwight Seal, North Carolina Department of Agriculture

During this discussion, conference attendees will learn how to navigate the NCDA&CS website to check on important updates involving pesticide regulation, license requirements and status, as well as recertification credits and guidelines. Also included will be a demonstration by Mr. Seal on how to renew your license online as well as time for questions and answers to ensure requirements are clear given the uncertain times of this year.

9:20 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.           Highlighted Sponsor

9:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.           Highlighted Sponsor

9:40 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. Adjuvants vs. Surfactants
Chris Williams, Helena Chemical Company

With over 25 years of experience in the herbicide industry, presenter Chris Williams will share his knowledge and experience in discussing the importance of adjuvants with regard to a successful vegetation management program and various types of adjuvants. Also discussed will be factors of adjuvants such as label requirements, recommendations, restrictions, and voidance, as well as, the difference between adjuvants and surfactants and options of various types of surfactants.

10:10 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
Digital Cooridor Management: "Turning Technology Solutions to Programmatic Execution"
Rafael Estevez, ECI Consulting, Southeast Region Manager

Many electric and gas utilities struggle with adopting, implementing and maintaining technology solutions to drive business excellence. Seeing the need, ECI launched a new turnkey technology service for utility partners called Digital Corridor Management (DCM). DCM is a combination of remote sensing, data analysis and virtual inspection that allows our expert field staff to identify and locate work required for vegetation and asset management programs more safely and efficiently.

10:40 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.
Forestry Ethics
Gueth Braddock, Bayer, Customer Marketing Manager

The understanding and review of ethics in the forestry profession will be discussed as it pertains to consulting forestry, industrial forestry, and forest management prescriptions. The need for professional foresters to apply ethics in their daily activities is for the good of the landowner and the forestry profession. Common codes of ethics and real-life scenarios will be reviewed allowing the participants to leave with a belief in the credibility of their license and a belief in the importance of providing sound forest management recommendations.

11:10 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. 
      Highlighted Sponsor

11:20 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
      Highlighted Sponsor

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Keeping Safe from Ticks and Tick Diseases and Conditions
Marcia E. Herman-Giddens, PA, DrPH, Scientific Adviser, Tick-borne Infections Council of North Carolina, Inc.

Attendees will learn about the increase of ticks and tick species and the emergence of tick-borne disease in NC. They will understand the basic issues regarding tick identification and disease diagnosis, testing, and treatment. Most importantly, attendees will learn how to keep themselves safer when engaging in vegetation management and what to do when they do get a tick bite.

12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Wrap Up and Attendance Roll Call
Dorie Berry, President NCVMA Board

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