2022 Agenda

Pre-Conference Day

Monday, February 28, 2022

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Exhibitor Set Up

7:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Biocontrols USA 2022 Field Tour

Limited Seats Available • Additional Fees Apply

Attendees at the Biocontrols USA Conference & Expo will have the opportunity to participate in an optional field tour with a series of stops that will provide a deeper understanding of biocontrol practices, and help them improve their use of biocontrol tools. The tour will visit fruit, vegetable, and greenhouse ornamental operations as well as research field. Expect to see demonstrations and learn how each host operation successfully incorporates biological products in their Western U.S. production systems.

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.

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 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.

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
New Approaches to Application: The Technology of Biocontrol

Application of biological products in the field or in the greenhouse requires a different focus than with more traditional products. That said, there are new tools and techniques available to help you make decisions and use your biologicals more effectively.

In this session, you will learn about advances in application technologies that will ensure you’re making the right application at the right time and achieving the best possible results for your crop.

10:50 am – 11:00 am

Biological Solutions to Your Most Important Pests  

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.

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 – 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.

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.

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? In this session, you will 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.

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.

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.

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. Our industry expert will leave you with an understanding of how this biological control can reduce SWD populations and damage to your fruit crops.

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. Our industry expert 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.

Biological Solutions to Your Most Important Pests: Vine Mealybug

Find out how mating disruption is a key element of sustainable controls.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Be Wary of the Biological Black Market

The rising popularity of biological products is attracting less-than-ethical parties who are selling unregistered products. Industry experts have been collecting and analyzing samples to learn what’s actually in these black-market products. They’ll share their startling findings and offer advice on how you can avoid purchasing these products and endangering your crop.

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.

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 – 1:00 pm

Registration Hours

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Biocontrols USA Expo Floor Open

8:00 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
New Biological Techniques

Biologicals have come a long way in the past 10 years. Today, it’s a fast-transforming sector from analyzing what your crops need to novel methods of control. Join us for the latest updates.

Also included will be a mini session on Biological Solutions to Your Most Important Pests.

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.

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.

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.

12:00 pm

Conference Adjourns

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Workshop

Stay tuned. Details to follow on this three-hour session designed to help you produce a high-quality crop more efficiently and effectively in 2022.