2022 Agenda

Pre-Conference Day

Monday, February 28, 2022

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Exhibitor Set Up

7:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Biocontrols USA 2022 Field Tour

Limited Seats Available

Monday, February 28, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Get ready for an action-packed day touring some of the top growers in and around Salinas, CA! Join us for a six-stop tour to see sustainable operations in action – from vegetable fields to vineyards to greenhouses.

The lineup includes: 

Taylor Farms:
This famed salad and fresh foods grower-packer is rolling out a new sustainability program. It’s already renowned for its food safety and automation systems, so expect great things from this new initiative.

Laguna Mist Ranch:
Take a close look at how this innovative farm manages its organic fertility management and pest control options for organic production.

Double L Vineyard:
View this vineyard’s sustainable insect controls and some of the machinery the operation uses for organic farming. This stop is also a bit of a sneak preview — the high-quality grapes grown at Double L will show up again as you sample the fare at our later stop at Morgan Winery.

Wilbur Ellis Research Farm:
Research stop! You will see a release of beneficial insects to target thrips. We’ll also visit with researchers who will discuss direct-seeded romaine lettuce planted into a reduced-nitrogen trial with six treatments.

Growers Transplanting:
Check out the latest additions in structures and technology at this leading greenhouse operation. Learn about updates to the operation’s sustainability initiatives regarding media and waste and the use of biologicals at the greenhouse.

Morgan Winery:
Visit the tasting room and sample wines made from grapes produced at our earlier tour stop, Double L Vineyard, and other growers throughout Monterey County. Unwind after an information-packed day and compare notes with your fellow tour-attendees.

Additional Fees Apply • Only Open to Those That Qualify for the Grower Rate • 

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Day 1 General Sessions

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration Hours

8:00 am – 6:30 pm

Biocontrols USA Expo Floor Open

8:00 am – 8:30 am

Welcome to Biocontrols USA Conference & Expo

A lot has changed all around us since the last in-person Biocontrols USA Conference & Expo but the world of biologicals hasn’t been standing still. Join Richard Jones, Conference Co-Chair and Corporate Content Director, Meister Media Worldwide, as he welcomes you to the 2022 Biocontrols Conference & Expo in Monterey and sets the stage for a day and half of education on developments in pest management, soil- and and plant-health solutions, application technology and strategies, new biological products, and more.

Richard Jones

Richard Jones
Conference Co-Chair and Corporate Content Director
Meister Media Worldwide

8:30 am – 9:15 am

Keynote Presentation

Biologicals Primed for Explosive Growth

The use of biologicals is growing — and for many reasons. We will kick off the 2022 Biocontrols USA Conference with a dynamic keynote presentation from Pam Marrone Founder/Director of Marrone Bio Innovations and Chestnut Bio Advisors, covering the latest trends in biologicals including the convergence of tech and biology, the increasing number of new startups, and the benefits of biologicals to reduce carbon footprint. This session will drill down on the remaining barriers to using biologicals and how to overcome those barriers.

Pam Marrone
Founder/Director
Marrone Bio Innovations, Chestnut Bio Advisors

9:15 am – 9:45 am

Biological Products You Need to Know for 2022: Session 1

This show favorite returns! Biological tools can be extremely effective no matter what crop you grow, and new biopesticides, beneficials, and biostimulants are available to help solve your most pressing problems. This popular session will showcase many of the new and upcoming biological product introductions you need to know for the 2022 season, giving you an advance look at new products hitting the market.

9:45 am – 10:15 am

Networking Break / Visit the Expo

Take this opportunity to visit the expo floor and learn about the many new products and services you have at your fingertips, follow up with some of the morning’s presenters, or connect with your grower peers to ask questions and share your own experience with biologicals.

10:15 am – 10:50 am

General Session
Application Tips and Technology: How to Use the Tools 

Maximizing the use of beneficial insects and other biopesticide products is paramount to the success of your operation’s biocontrol program. To ensure these tools are used correctly, they must be applied correctly.

Hear from our experts as they discuss how mechanized application compares to traditional hand application, how drones increase application uniformity, and provide tips on the best options available to apply these products to your crops.

Scott O.

Scott Ockey
Moderator
Field Development Manager-Western U.S., Certis Biologicals

Gina C.

Gina Colfer
Key Account Manager – Organics
Wilbur Ellis Co.

Chandler Bennett

Chandler Bennett
President and Founder
Parabug

Michael Brownbridge
Biological Program Manager
BioWorks Inc.  

10:50 am – 11:00 am

Biological Solutions to Your Most Important Pests: Two-Spotted Spider Mite

The focus is on the target in the first of these mini sessions taking place throughout the conference program. Learn from our experts how to identify and use biological tools to manage key insect and disease pests. In this 10-minute session, you’ll learn how to identify Two-Spotted Spider Mite, why it is a problem, and how to manage it.

Suzanne Wainwright-Evans
Owner
Buglady Consulting

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Biological Products You Need to Know for 2022: Session 2

Join us for part 2 of this popular session focused on new introductions of biopesticides, biostimulants, and biofertilizers, then head to the Expo and get more information on the products that will have the most impact on your production this season.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Lunch and the Biocontrols USA Expo

Take a break to refuel for the afternoon, and do a deep dive into the Biocontrols USA Expo to learn more about solutions that will make a difference in your business in 2022.

Breakout Tracks

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Buckle up for four focused tracks, concentrating on different crop groups. Each crop group – Greenhouse, Fruit, Vegetables, and Cannabis and Hemp – will include sessions from respected researchers, growers, and other industry leaders. You’ll hear about the latest breakthroughs and learn about real-world problem solving and more. 

1:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Greenhouse Sessions

The greenhouse market has long been a leader in adopting biocontrol strategies, and that trend is as strong as ever. If you’re growing in a controlled environment, the Biocontrols USA Conference program will provide information on battling your toughest greenhouse pests with sustainable but effective tools, from biopesticides to beneficials to biostimulants.

1:00 pm – 1:35 pm

New Predatory Mite for Greenhouse Vegetable, Ornamental Growers

New biopesticide products are introduced on a regular basis, but it’s just as exciting to learn about new pest predators you can add to your crop protection program.

Researchers at Canada’s Vineland Research and Innovation Centre have discovered a new generalist predator to help control a multitude of pests in greenhouse crops. Learn more about the latest research, what’s next, and how you will benefit.

Brian Spencer

Brian Spencer
President
Applied Bio-nomics Ltd.

1:35 pm – 2:05 pm

Managing Common Greenhouse Vegetable Diseases: A Microbials Approach

Root and crown rots. Powdery mildew. Postharvest fruit rots. Vegetable growers are familiar with all of the ways disease can attack a crop in the greenhouse. In this valuable session, you will learn about research showing how microbial biological agents can keep these disease pests in check – often at levels comparable to synthetic fungicides.

Zamir Punja

Zamir K. Punja
Professor, Plant Pathology
Simon Fraser University

2:05 pm – 2:15 pm

Biological Solutions to Your Most Important Pests: Whiteflies

Learn how to identify Whiteflies, why this pest is a problem, and how to manage it in this 10-minute presentation.

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Julie Graesch
Biological Program Manager
BioWorks Inc.

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Get the Best Results with Biostimulants in Your Greenhouse

Why are some biostimulants applied just once while others require multiple applications to see an effect? Join Ohio State University’s Michelle Jones to learn how the efficacy of biostimulants is influenced by the greenhouse environment and other inputs.

Did you know high fertilizer rates, especially phosphorus, can reduce the effectiveness of mycorrhizae and other microbial biostimulants? Or that growing media composition may also influence whether microbial inoculants successfully colonize and provide benefits to their host plants? You’ll leave this session understanding the best ways you can use biostimulants to enhance plant growth and help with environmental stress in the greenhouse.

Michelle Jones
Professor and DC Kiplinger Floriculture Chair
The Ohio State University

1:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Fruit Sessions

Permanent crops offer their own unique pest and crop quality challenges. In the sessions at this year’s event you’ll learn first-hand how tree fruit, grape, and nut growers are successfully incorporating biological products in their production systems to solve these problems — and how you can too.

1:00 pm – 1:35 pm

New Weapon in the War on Spotted Wing Drosophila

Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) currently requires multiple insecticide applications to keep it in check, but that may be changing with a new sustainable control measure: the parasitoid Ganaspis brasiliensis. After seven years of foreign exploration in Asia and quarantine studies in the U.S. and Switzerland, this parasitoid is ready for release this year. Kent Daane from the University of California, Berkeley, will leave you with an understanding of how this biological control can reduce SWD populations and damage to your fruit crops.

Kent Daane
Professor of Cooperative Extension

University of California, Berkeley

1:35 pm – 2:05 pm

Trending Tools and Tech for Fruit Growers

Are you using all the tools available to you? Learn what’s new and what’s coming in this valuable session. Pam Marrone, Founder/Director of Marrone Bio Innovations and Chestnut Bio Advisors, reviews the various categories of biological products available to fruit growers. The discussion will include new precision technology tools, including automated trapping, being used in conjunction with biologicals in fruit crops.

Pam Marrone
Founder/Director
Marrone Bio Innovations and Chestnut Bio Advisors

2:05 pm – 2:15 pm

Biological Solutions to Your Most Important Pests: Vine Mealybug

Learn how to identify Vine Mealybug, why it is a problem, and how to manage it in this 10-minute presentation.

Kent Daane
Professor of Cooperative Extension

University of California, Berkeley

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Soil Health: Biochar in Wine Grape Vineyards

You’ve heard about the use of biochar as a soil amendment. Now learn about how it’s working in real-world vineyard trials. This session will focus on the results of compost, biochar, and compost plus biochar trials with data from three harvests, evaluating grape harvest weights, grape quality, vine vigor, water/nutrient conservation, and soil characteristics. You will also get economic analysis of compost and biochar amendments, along with an overview of recent biochar industry changes in availability and pricing that have occurred since the 2020 milestone of registering carbon credits.

Josiah Hunt
CEO
Pacific Biochar

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Networking Break

Time to stretch your legs, grab some refreshments and explore the Expo floor.

3:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Vegetable Sessions

Whether your focus is field-grown or the greenhouse, the pressures from insect and disease pests are always evolving and need new solutions. At this year’s Biocontrols USA Conference you’ll learn about the latest biological tools and techniques that are providing benefits for pest management, food safety, and local, sustainable production of high-quality vegetable crops.

3:15 pm – 3:50 pm

Biologicals and Production: The Growers’ Perspective

Crop protection and plant health decisions are among the most important you make as a grower. Your livelihood depends on making the most informed choices you can. The mountains of information available can make things seem overwhelming, but listening to the perspectives of your experienced grower peers is always a good first step. In this session, you will hear from representatives of some of the country’s leading vegetable growers as they discuss how they make decisions about biologicals and how those tools work to serve their operations’ long-term goals.

Carol M

Carol Miller
Moderator
Editor, American Vegetable Grower

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Eric Morgan
Vice President Environmental Science and Resources
Braga Fresh

Kim H

Kim Horton
Organic Agronomist and Entomologist
Grimmway Farms

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Ramy Colfer
VP, R&D, Agronomy
True Organic Products

 

3:50 pm – 4:20 pm

Biologicals: The Whole Systems Approach

A good vegetable crop biological program requires a strong strategy that goes beyond pure pest management. In this session, you will learn steps for building your soil health, how to take advantage of natural habitat and biodiversity, and how to use biological products wisely.

Gina Colfer
Key Account Manager – Organics
Wilbur Ellis Co.

4:20 pm – 4:30 pm

Biological Solutions to Your Most Important Pests

Learn the difference between beneficial insects and pests in this 10-minute vegetable crop session.

Kim H

Kim Horton
Organic Agronomist & Entomologist
Grimmway Farms

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

The Dos and Don’ts of Tank Mixing Biologicals 

Do you want to avoid having beneficial biologicals consume other microbes in the tank? Are you concerned about adding conventional products to the mix and it having no impact on your vegetable crop? Don’t miss this session covering the best ways to use these products, how you can set yourself up for success, and pitfalls to avoid. 

Rob G

Rob Gibson
Global Portfolio Manager
Certis Biologicals 

3:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Cannabis and Hemp Sessions

Cannabis and hemp growers are limited in their pest management toolbox, leaving them without many of the options that growers of other crops have readily available. That makes biological products a critical resource. In this breakout track, you’ll learn about the tools and techniques that are working for growers just like you, and can help you produce a high-quality and highly marketable crop.

3:15 pm – 3:50 pm

Good Microbes and Bad Microbes: Be Aware of What You Buy to Apply

The purpose of applying any crop protection product is to obtain control of the pest or disease that threatens your crop. In cannabis, there is no standard list of approved control products across the country. Instead, individual states where cannabis production has been legalized determine what materials can be used. This leads to a patchwork of regulations, and EPA-registered biological products approved in one state may not be allowed in another.

Unfortunately, many non-registered and non-regulated products are readily available for purchase over the internet. Carrying vague claims as “plant-enhancers,” they often contain microbes with the same name as those found in registered products. However, even though microbes may have the same scientific name, it does not mean they all work the same, nor are non-registered products held to the same quality standards as those that are EPA-approved. So, do you know what you are applying into your crop? Suzanne Wainwright Evans, Owner, Buglady Consulting, and Michael Brownbridge, Biological Program Manager, Disease Control at BioWorks, Inc. will discuss this trend, share some of their findings, and offer advice on how to avoid purchasing these products.

Michael Brownbridge
Biological Program Manager
BioWorks, Inc.

Suzanne Wainwright-Evans
Owner
Buglady Consulting

3:50 pm – 4:20 pm

How One Cannabis Producer Set Up Its Biologicals Program for Success

Tomás Leyva of Greenfield Cannabis Co., a vertically integrated seed-to-solution cannabis company, discusses the program set up, key advantages, common mistakes, and cost of using biologicals to control insects in a high production greenhouse facility.

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Tomás Leyva III
Integrated Pest Control Manager
Greenfield Cannabis Company

4:20 pm – 4:30 pm

Biological Solutions to Your Most Important Pests: Cannabis Aphid

Learn how to identify Cannabis Aphid, why it is a problem, and how to manage it in this 10-minute presentation.

Suzanne Wainwright-Evans
Owner
Buglady Consulting

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

How to Reduce Cannabis Disease with Biologicals

Root-infecting pathogens, bud rots, and powdery mildew are the most damaging diseases affecting cannabis in commercial production and control options have been somewhat limited. Learn about research using biological controls to keep these pests in check. In this session, you’ll find out what works and what doesn’t to help control cannabis diseases in your production.

Zamir Punja

Zamir K. Punja
Professor, Plant Pathology
Simon Fraser University

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The Biocontrols USA Conference and Expo Reception

You’ve learned a lot during sessions and in the Expo throughout Day 1. Begin to tie things together and make valuable new connections in the Biocontrols Networking Reception immediately following the end of Tuesday’s sessions. Relax, grab some refreshments, and talk with speakers, knowledgeable exhibitors, and your peers who are tackling the same issues you are.

Day 2 General Sessions

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

7:30 am – 1:30 pm

Registration Hours

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Biocontrols USA Expo Floor Open

8:30 am – 8:45 am

Welcome to Biocontrols USA Day 2!

Grab a cup of coffee and prepare for another morning of great education with our general session conference program focused on new biological techniques, food safety, and real-world grower perspectives.

8:45 am – 9:30 am

General Session
Sap Analysis: A Diagnostic Approach

Sap analysis measures dissolved nutrients and works by comparing both young and old leaves. Understanding nutrient mobility often gives you time to correct nutrient deficiencies before you see them in the plant. Learn from our experts as they discuss how sap analysis works, the benefits, and the drawbacks. 

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Jenny Garley
Chief Science Officer
NEW AGE Laboratories

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Jeff Glass
Southern Business Development Manager
Agro-K   

9:30 am – 10:00 am

General Session
Risk Awareness, Produce Safety, and Biological Crop Amendments

Biostimulants and biofertilizers can be very valuable tools in your production. But there are simple steps you are responsible for at the grower level to use these products with food safety in mind. Learn how you can avoid food safety issues when using biological products.

Trevor Suslow, Ph.D.
Professor of Cooperative Research and Extension, Emeritus
University of California, Davis

10:00 am – 10:45 am

Networking Break

Take the opportunity for one more visit to the Expo to meet with our top-notch exhibitors, follow up with speakers, and connect with your grower peers.

10:45 am – 11:20 am

General Session
Ask the Experts LIVE!

This interactive session with advice from our roster of biologicals experts will respond to your most pressing production challenges and questions about using biopesticides and biostimulants effectively and profitably.

Gina C.

Gina Colfer
Key Account Manager – Organics
Wilbur Ellis Co.

Suzanne Wainwright-Evans
Owner
Buglady Consulting

Richard S

Richard Smith
Farm Advisor
UCCE Monterey, University of California

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Reed Britt
Consultant/Researcher
Ron Britt & Associates

 

11:20 am – 12:00 pm

Closing General Session
Biologicals and Automation: The Next Big Things

Gear up for a session focusing on where we are with automation, including automated thinning, weeding, and harvesting and how that impacts sustainable growing methods. Find out where this rapidly developing field is heading and how it impacts using biologicals.

Richard S

Richard Smith
Farm Advisor
UCCE Monterey, University of California

12:00 pm

Conference Adjourns

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Workshop: The Evolution of Pest Management in Cannabis
(Additional Fees Apply)

Pest management in cannabis is evolving. This three-hour workshop will focus on proper identification of aphids, thrips, and mites and take a deep dive into management strategies. You will have access to the most up-to-date information on the insect pests cannabis growers are dealing with and learn about the latest control options available. Biological, biorational, and conventional pesticide options will be covered in detail during this can’t-miss workshop.

Suzanne Wainwright-Evans
Owner
Buglady Consulting

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