2019 Texas A&M Greenhouse & Nursery Symposium

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Greenhouse and Nursery Symposium

We are particularly excited about our annual Greenhouse and Nursery Program held here in Overton, TX. We have a great line-up of speakers, including one many of you may be familiar with. Dr. Karl Steddom worked as a plant pathologist with Texas A&M before starting a career in remote sensing technologies, precision agriculture, and other ‘tech’-related ventures in agriculture with the company AGERpoint. We will also have some familiar faces coming back to deliver some topics time-relevant to our green industry personnel in Texas. See below for more details and we hope to see you here on December 3rd, 2019.


December 3, 2019
Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Lunch is included.


Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center,
1710 N. FM 3053, Overton, TX


This annual program always features at least one employee from the Texas Department of Agriculture to provide training on how to stay compliance of TDA, EPA, and OSHA pesticide applicator requirements. In the past, there have been additional TDA members that have joined us, providing growers with many opportunities to ask questions and develop a relationship with our regulatory agency during lunch or breaks.

This year, we have a total of 5 speakers and will be providing 4 CEUs (in application) for Ag Pesticide Applicators. See below for speaker and topic details.


Pesticide Calibration and best application practices
Dr. Mark Matocha, Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

How to remain compliant of TDA, EPA, and OSHA regulations
Ms. Katherine Newton, Pesticide Inspector (Region 2), Texas Department of Agriculture

Plant pathogen recognition and diagnostics
Dr. Kevin Ong, Professor & Director of the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Texas A&M University

Precision Agriculture – When is it coming to horticultural crops?
Dr. Karl Steddom, Chief Agronomist, AGERpoint

Crop scouting strategies in an IPM program
Erfan Vafaie, Extension Program Specialist IPM, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

This workshop is specifically designed for greenhouse ornamental and nursery growers, although some of the material may apply to greenhouse or outdoor vegetable growers, forage, and orchards.

Registration Fee

$25, which includes:

  • 4 CEUs (pending) (1 L&R, 2 IPM, 1 General)
  • Lunch

*Bring your applicator license to the meeting to register for CEUs.



  • Bayer
  • BioWorks Inc.
  • BWI Companies
  • Corteva AgriScience
  • Harrell’s
  • Helena Agri Enterprises
  • ICL Specialty Fertilizers
  • KBW Supply
  • OHP
  • Syngenta
  • Texas Nursery and Landscape Association

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