Pre-Conference Tour

Biocontrols USA West Field Tour

The Pacific Northwest is one of the nation’s leading regions supporting biological control and sustainable production methods. Join the Biocontrols Field Tour to see firsthand how these tools and techniques are being put to use in specialty crop production by some of the region’s leading growers and researchers.

This full-day bus tour, held the day before the start of the 2019 Biocontrols USA West Conference & Expo will allow you to see biocontrol in action at stops including an Oregon State University Research and Extension Center, a greenhouse ornamentals grower, a vegetable grower, and fruit grower, a hops grower, and more. Each stop on this day-long tour will  provide lessons you can put to work immediately in your own operation.


The program for the Biocontrols USA West Conference is built with the needs of specialty crop growers like you in mind.

This day-and-a-half conference offers a mix of general and breakout sessions. You will learn about the latest developments in biological pest management techniques and technologies, and have advance access to information on biocontrol products you need to know for 2019. This year’s conference — the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest — will deliver biocontrol strategies and tools you can put to immediate use in your own operation, with crop- and topic-specific educational tracks, including:

  • Vegetables
  • Tree Fruit
  • Grapes and berries
  • Greenhouse ornamentals
  • Protected production of vegetables, cannabis, and more
  • Organic production
  • Biostimulants

Hear first-hand from the industry’s leading researchers, suppliers, and growers successfully using biological tools, both during the conference program and in face-to-face networking opportunities throughout the event.

Post-Conference Workshop

Cannabis Production: The Biocontrols Basics

Dealing with insect pests in cannabis is not like pest management in any other crop. Many insects love to feed on the plants’ leaves, stems, and roots but as growers, you are very limited in how you can control these problems. In this half-day workshop, attendees will learn to identify the most common pests found in cannabis. We will focus on not only the different life stages of the pests but also the damage they cause and how to scout for them. Management tools from biological control agents to biopesticides and cultural practices will be covered.  This will be a very applied session with the pest management knowledge needs of cannabis growers in mind, providing tools you can take back to your facility and implement right away.

Presenter: Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, Buglady Consulting