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Free pest and disease management training for apple and pear growers

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Australian apple and pear growers are invited to attend free training in Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPDM) to help preserve orchard health and viability.

Agriculture Victoria entomologist, David Williams,who is recognised nationally and internationally for expertise in IPDM development and adoption, will be the key speaker at nine workshops being held around Australia in August and September.

David will be joined by local experts and fellow entomologist, Christopher Adams, from Michigan State University.

These free workshops will focus on pests and diseases affecting local orchards in each state, including control measures and chemical interactions.

Orchardists will hear case studies of successful IPDM initiatives and be guided through a process of developing their individual IPDM plans for the coming season.

Participants will also have an opportunity to identify a local pest or disease management issue for further study and will be provided feedback on a recently released IPDM manual.

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