Owens to host green industry seminar

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Area residents and business professionals within the landscape, garden center, tree care and turf
industry interested in expanding their knowledge about horticulture are invited to attend the 2011
Northwest Ohio Green Industry Summer Session at Owens Community College on Wednesday.
Presented by Owens Community College in conjunction with the Ohio State University Extension/ABE Center,
the workshop will occur from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the college’s Audio/Visual Classroom Center. Owens
is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township. The event is open to the public.
The regional workshop will feature various presentations on insects and pesticides, tree and plant care,
landscape, and workplace safety topics by industry professionals from Ohio State University Extension,
Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, American Safety and Health Management
Consultants Inc., PUCO Transportation Department and Owens Community College.
Attendees will have the opportunity to receive details about sustainable landscape ideas, the appeal of
certain plants and why gardeners enjoy them, various types of oak trees that thrive in Ohio’s
landscapes, herbicides, and new insecticides and miticides and their unique modes of action.
Other workshop sessions will include bio-based insecticides, working with and educating clients about
uncommon landscape and turf problems, interesting plant pest problems of 2010 and implementing an
effective safety program, among other topics.
In addition, Owens faculty member Matt Ross will serve as the Northwest Ohio Green Industry Summer
Session keynote speaker and provide attendees with a presentation on the growing movement of urban
agriculture specific to the recent changes in the landscape of de-industrializing communities.
The pre-registration cost for the workshop is $15. Individuals can also register the day of the event for
$25. For additional information or to register, call the Extension office at (419) 354-9050.

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