Published on 09/11/08

Video access makes green industry conference convenient

University of Georgia

The green industry is using technology to help its professionals save gas and stay up-to-date. The Georgia/Florida Green Industry Update Video Conference will be held Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Live presentations will be offered in Savannah, Ga., at the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens; Jacksonville, Fla., at the Duval County Extension Office; and Quincy, Fla., at the North Florida Research and Education Center.

Speakers will also be remotely broadcast to Savannah, Jacksonville and Quincy from other locations, including Athens, Ga., and Apopka, Fla. All speakers will be broadcast to all locations via Internet videoconference, reducing or eliminating travel costs for everyone involved.

The conference is recommended for anyone in the green industry. “Staying up-to-date on new production and cultural practices, new plants, new pests and new products is an important part of the job,” said Gary Wade, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension horticulturalist. “The industry update provides the latest information on a wide variety of current topics.”

Speakers for the program include Paul Baker of Oasis Irrigation, Chip Bates of the Georgia Forestry Commission, Allan Armitage of UGA and Bob Stamps, Gary Knox and Terry DelValle of the University of Florida.

Three hours of pesticide re-certification credits in ornamentals and turf will be offered to Georgia participants. Pesticide credits and CEUs will also be awarded to participants from South Carolina and Florida.

Space is limited. For more information or to register, call (229) 386-3416 or visit

Stephanie Schupska is the communications coordinator with the University of Georgia Honors College.