The CT Agricultural Experiment Station is hosting two events that could be of interest to CTPA members. This coming Wednesday, on August 4th, the Experiment Station is hosting its 111th Annual Plant Science Day. This all-day event will be taking place at Lockwood Farm in Hamden, near Sleeping Giant State Park. There is no charge to attend and individuals may receive 3.25 pesticide credits towards any category of their pesticide license.
Full details, including the Plant Science Day Program, are available on the Station web page. Among the several talks to be given are an update on beech leaf disease, a discussion of deer in your garden, a presentation on container and raised beds gardening and a talk on industrial hemp. One of the highlights of Plant Science Day, however, is the opportunity to visit individually with the Station Scientists. Station researchers are on hand to describe directly, often through field demonstrations, what they have been up in their research and to answer questions regarding topics of interest to attendees.
Plant Science Day runs from 10 am to 4 pm. To obtain ceu’s, attendees must arrive and register by 10 am, with credit sheets to handed out at 3:30 pm. Otherwise, there is no need to register in advance – just come on out and plan to spend a few hours while enjoying the day!
The second event, to take place on Thursday, September 2nd, is the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Experiment Station’s Valley Lab in Windsor. During this event, there will talks on boxwood blight and armored scales by Rich Cowles, updates on the biological control of hemlock woolly adelgid by Carole Cheah and on forest management by Jeff Ward, and on beech leaf disease and also a tour of the Valley Lab hopyard, led by Jim Lamondia. The day will include catered food, an overview of the history of the Tobacco Station, as the Valley Lab was originally known as, and the symbolic groundbreaking on the renovation of the Valley Lab’s main building.
This event will occur on the Valley Lab’s property in Windsor. The Valley Lab Centennial Program has been posted. Pesticide credits will also be available. Again, there is no charge. Further details will be announced as they become available.
Here is the link for further information on the Valley Lab.