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SALT Draws Large Number of Landscape and Horticulture Professionals
Training Event is a Huge Success

Over eighty industry professionals attended the Southeast Area Landscape Training (SALT) held February 7, 2013, at Okefenokee Technical College (OTC).  The event featured horticulture and landscape experts who shared the latest information on pesticide regulations, turf management, and landscape solutions.

Andy Brannen, OTC vice president for economic development, and Mark Deal, OTC horticulture instructor, welcomed speakers and participants to the OTC Waycross Campus and to the event.

Partners for this year’s event included the University of Georgia College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, the Georgia Green Industry Association, University of Florida (UFL) Africanized Honey Bee Extension & Education Program (AFBEE), the UFL IFAS Extension, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Georgia Grown, Georgia Environmental Protection Division—Coastal Office, and the Georgia Department of Agriculture and Commerce.

The highly successful educational training program was sponsored by the OTC Economic Development Division of the Technical College System of Georgia and the OTC Horticulture Club, along with Epic Apps Solutions, Super Sod, Ewing Irrigation Products, Phillips Turf & Ornamental, FIS Outdoor, CBR Rentals, and Jerry J’s.

“The event has become a premiere training opportunity in Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida for landscape professionals and horticulture related industry workers,” stated Jason Rubenbauer, continuing education director for OTC. Participants commented on the advanced level of training and described speaker presentations as some of the most interesting, informative, and relevant to today’s economic and workplace environments.
For more information about future horticulture-related training, contact Jason Rubenbauer at (912) 287-5856 or Mark Deal at (912) 338-5284.

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The February 7, 2013, Southeast Area Landscape Training (SALT) at Okefenokee Technical College featured a number of horticulture and landscape experts who shared the latest information on pesticide regulations, turf management, and landscape solutions. OTC officials Andy Brannen, Mark Deal, and Jason Rubenbauer (not shown) welcomed the following SALT presenters: (Front to Back, L to R): Chris Adams of the Georgia Department of Agriculture; Dr. Svoboda “Bodie” Pennisi, UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Associate Professor;  Willie Chance, UGA County Extension Agent & Urban Agriculture Outreach Coordinator; Alice Vick of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (Coastal Office); Thomas MacFie, owner of, consultant and instructor with Soil Science, Inc.; Larry Figart, University of Florida (UFL) Duval County Extension and Urban Forestry Agent; Bob Boland, UGA Extension Agent (Brantley County); Vic Dove, Sales Executive with Super Sod, a division of Patten Seed Company; David Szczepanik, OSHA Compliance Officer - Savannah Area Office; Dr. William Kern, Jr., UFL Urban Entomology Associate Professor in the Entomology & Nematology Department at the Ft. Lauderdale Research & Education Center.

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Also presenting were Jade Chancey (right), CEO of CICP, Inc; Keith Hughes (left), also with CICP, Inc.; and Erin Harlow (not available for photo), UFL Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences with the Duval County Extension Office.

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Dr. William Kern, Jr., University of Florida Urban Entomology Associate Professor in the Entomology & Nematology Department at the Ft. Lauderdale Research & Education Center delivered a presentation on “Living with Africanized honey bees in the outdoor workplace” as part of the SALT agenda. Dr. Kern’s presentation is part of the UFL Africanized Honey Bee Extension & Education Program (AFBEE).

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