The 2021 MVMA Conference will be held November 16-17, 2021 at the The Mill Conference Center at MSU. The conference program can be found below or downloaded here.

Know someone that exemplifies excellence in the right-of-way vegetation management industry?

Nominate that individual for the 2019 Sam Pitman Excellence in Vegetation Management Award. Send a one to two page letter that documents the outstanding attitude, work ethic and overall performance of that nominee to John Byrd, Department of Plant & Soil Sciences, Box 9555, Mississippi State, MS 39762 or attach letter to an email and send to jbyrd@pss.msstate.edu. Nominations are due September 15.

If you need to become a Certified Pesticide Applicator...

If you intend to take the pesticide applicator certification exams, testing will be done after lunch on November 20. Call (662) 325-2085 to order the study manuals. The General Standards (required for all category exams) manual costs $30. The right of way, forestry, or aquaqic category manuals are $30 each. Text Dr. John Byrd by phone at (662) 418-4537 or email (jbyrd@pss.msstate.edu) to make certain the correct number and type of exams are available for testing.

Register Online

Register now for the 2021 MVMA Conference! You may pay by credit card on Eventbrite or pay with check at the door to avoid those fees. Please make the check out to MVMA. Otherwise, click below to download a registration form to print and bring to the meeting. Please register on Eventbrite if possible.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

AM

9:00
Visit with Vendors
8:00 - 12:00
Core and ROW certification training Dr. John Byrd, Professor, MSU

PM

Lunch on your own

Moderator

12:55 - 1:00
Josh Webb, President, MVMA
1:00 - 1:30
Industry Update
1:30 - 2:30
Chainsaw safety Tim Chenault
2:30 - 3:00
Visit with Vendors

Moderator

3:00 - 4:00
Hack and squirt for Chinese tallow and callery pear control Dr. David Russell, Assistant Professor and Extension Weed Specialist, Auburn University
4:00 - 5:00
Mowing versus Spraying Travis Rogers, Corteva
5:00 - 5:30
Johnsongrass movement across the US Duffy Neubauer, The Starkville Civil War Arsenal
5:45 – 6:30
Visit with Vendors
6:30 -
- Heavy hors-d’oeuvres
- The Sam Pittman “Excellence in Vegetation Management” Award, Sam Pittman
- Officer Elections
- Introduction of candidates

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

AM

7:00 - 7:30
Devotion Daniel Rodgers, MDOT District 1 Agronomist & Lay Methodist Minister
7:30 - 8:00
Business Meeting, Josh Webb, President, MVMA

Moderator

8:00 - 9:00
Aquatic weed control update Dr. Gray Turnage, Assistant Research/Extension Scientist, MSU
9:00 -10:00
Herbicide resistance management Logan Martin, Corteva
10:00 - 10:30
Visit with Vendors

Moderator

10:30 - 11:00
ROW Complaints overview Laura Voller, MDAC-BPI
11:00 - 12:00
Challenges to register and keep herbicides Dr. John Byrd, Extension/Research Professor, MSU

PM

1:30 -
ROW and General Standards Testing, Mississippi Department of Agriculture & Commerce