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Farming with Beneficial Insects for Pest Control

Friday, February 8, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Stone House, Silverwood County Park
771 Silver Lane, Edgerton, WI 53534

Science-based pest management strategies to integrate beneficial insects back into crops, orchards and gardens for natural pest control.

Skills & Objectives
• The importance of beneficial insects — predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests.
• Overview of ‘conservation biological control’ and integrated pest management (IPM).
• Become familiar with the most common beneficial insect groups.
• How to recognize the habitat needs of beneficial insects and identify habitat deficiencies.
• Planning for habitat improvements — site prep, insectary plantings, hedgerows, beetle banks…
• Best management practices to minimize potential negative impacts of farm practices on predators, parasitoids, and pollinators.
• USDA conservation programs — technical and financial assistance to enhance diversity on farms.

Instructor Bio
Thelma Heidel-Baker is a beneficial insect conservation expert for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and is dedicated to finding ways to bring pollinators and other beneficial insects back to the farming landscape. She has extensive research experience in biological control and integrated pest management (IPM) in agricultural cropping systems and entomology degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S) and University of Minnesota (Ph.D). She actively incorporates insect conservation practices into her family’s pasture-based dairy farm in Sheboygan County, WI.

Location & Logistics
The Stone House at Silverwood Park. Silverwood Park is located in southeast Dane County in the town of Albion, approximately 3 miles east of I-90 Exit #160 on Highway 106. The address is 771 Silver Lane; Edgerton, WI 53534.

Please bring a sack lunch and refillable beverage container. Please carry in shoes to wear indoors to protect the wooden floors this recently restored historic building. Coffee/tea and snacks provided.

Cost & Registration
This short course costs $25. You can register at https://tinyurl.com/SWcourse
Contact registration@silverwoodpark.org with questions regarding scholarships or any other concerns.

Presented by Friends of Silverwood Park
With a grant from the John A. Johnson Environment Fund, Madison Community Foundation
Sponsored by the Xerces Society and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
In partnership with Dane County UW Extension, WI Farmers Union, & Fairshare Coali