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Green industry is focus of Owens Community College workshop

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP — 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, Oregon Road, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 3 in the college’s Audio/Visual Classroom Center.

The regional workshop will feature presentations on insects and pesticides, tree and plant care, landscape and workplace safety topics by industry professionals from The Ohio State University Extension, The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, American Safety and Health Management Consultants Inc., PUCO Transportation Department and Owens Community College.

Attendees will learn about sustainable landscape ideas, the appeal of certain plants, types of oak trees that thrive in Ohio’s landscapes, herbicides and new insecticides and miticides.

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.

Owens faculty member Matt Ross will serve as the Northwest Ohio Green Industry Summer Session keynote speaker and will 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 registration cost for the workshop is $15. People also can register the day of the event for $25. For information or to register, call 419-354-9050.

Source: www.thenews-messenger.com

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