Annual Texas school IPM coordinator conference November 13 & 14

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will once again be hosting the annual School IPM Coordinator annual conference and the meeting of the Texas IPM Association for Public Schools (TIPMAPS), November 13 and 14. This conference is open to School IPM Coordinators from states other than Texas.

Registration

Registration: $100/person

TIPMAPS Dues: $25/person

Register online at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/IPM   OR Register by phone:  979-845-2604

At registration it is very important that if you are requesting continuing education credit that you make sure you tell us your license affiliation (TDA 3a, SPCS #, IPM Coordinator, animal control, etc.) if you leave blank you will receive a certificate of completion, but it may not be the one you need to receive credit.

Lodging

Hotel rooms book early so remember to reserve your room now

Reservations via Telephone:

1-800-843-6664 (Omni Reservation Line)

Texas AgriLife Extension Service – IPM Annual Conference (Group Name)

14500813134 (Group Block Number)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 (Cut off Date)

900 North Shoreline., Corpus Christi, TX 78401 (Hotel Address)

Online Reservations:

Your guest can also can book on line by using your group code: 14500813134 just have them click on this link  http://www.omnihotels.com/ :choose hotel, dates and enter group code to book rooms at your contacted group rate.

Who is TIPMAPS

Texas Integrated Pest Management Association for Public Schools is the first statewide professional association for IPM coordinators in the country.

In addition to providing a venue for communication, education and information sharing TIPMAPS is dedicated to you the IPM professional.

There are 1028 school districts within the state of Texas, each with at least one IPM coordinator. Currently IPM coordinators have little or no means of communicating with one another, nor do they share information efficiently. As a result, they have little political power and receive little professional recognition or status within their districts or agencies serving school districts.

TIPMAPS was formed to give you these and more opportunities. Please add your name to our growing membership and your voice to our already recognized force in Texas.

Since 2009, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension with the support of others has hosted an annual conference for school IPM coordinators, pest management professionals and other interested parties looking to learn more about integrated pest management (IPM). This year we are teaming up with the Coastal Bend Pest Control Association to host the annual day and half conference at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel, in downtown Corpus Christi on the waterfront. This conference is open to anyone needing continuing education credits for structural pest or TDA Ag credits. For school IPM coordinators you can obtain the 6 hours continuing education credits to comply with the state requirements for six credits every three years. This course is also open to public health workers as well, credit can be obtained for TCLOSE or Sanitarians – just be sure to select your type at registration.

This year’s full day speakers all hale from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, except our commodity fumigation speaker who is coming to us from one of our sponsors, Ensystex. Our new urban entomologist from College Station will cover both wood preservation and termite, Dr. Robert Puckett is not new to A&M, just new to Extension. Dr. Mike Merchant will cover mosquitoes and flies. Dr. Casey Reynolds, one of our new turfgrass specialists will cover calibration for your equipment. Dr. Paul Nester, Program Specialist from the Houston area, will share his expertise in fire ants and tawny crazy ants, a pest everyone needs to know how to manage. Dr. Don Renchie will be pulling dual duty on Friday. Dr. Renchie will teach an 8-hour technician new licensee course; and, during lunch will be the guest speaker on the latest laws and rules for TDA and SPCS. Ms. Janet Hurley will cover IPM what every IPM coordinator and pest management professional needs to know to stay in compliance with the school IPM rules in TX, will round out the day.

The Thursday afternoon sessions will have feature concurrent breakout sessions, with speakers from Texas Association of School Boards, Texas Department of Agriculture, U.S. EPA Region 6, Sherman, Killeen, and Springtown ISDs. In addition, a round table discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Mike Merchant, Janet Hurley and others on the topic of bidding for school IPM contracts. New for this year will be an evening session for the TIPMAPS General meeting, followed by an evening with the vendors.

When you register for this event, you will now be able to also join up to be a TIPMAPS member.  The online registration will ask you to complete a form and at the end, you will be asked if you want to join, if you select that box, you will be asked to fill out a separate page that you will need to print and mail to Mary Mays at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office in Dallas. This separate form is to help the TIPMAPS Executive Board collect good information so that they can present you with your membership information at the conference Thursday evening.

All payments go through Texas AgriLife Extension Service, if you need a W-9 form they can be found on the registration website or call 979-845-2604.

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