The 2019 MVMA Conference will be held November 19-20, 2019 at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Biloxi, MS. The conference program can be found below or downloaded here.

Reserve a room at the Golden Nugget using the conference rate by clicking 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 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 ( to make certain the correct number and type of exams are available for testing.

Register Online

Register now for the 2019 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 19, 2019


Visit with Vendors
8:00 - 12:00
Core and ROW certification training Dr. Victor Maddox, Senior Research Associate, MSU
Dr. John Byrd, Professor, MSU


Lunch on your own

Tim Roark - Moderator

12:55 - 1 :00
Welcome, Eric Pigg, President, MVMA
1 :00 -1 :30
Industry Update
1 :30 - 2:30
Aquatic Vegetation Management Gray Turnage, Research Associate, MSU
2:30 - 3:00
Visit with Vendors

Nolan Thorne - Moderator

3:00 - 4:00
Glyphosate Rulings Dr. John Byrd, Extension/Research Professor, MSU
4:00 - 5:00
Glyphosate Update Dr. Steve Williams, Bayer
5:00 - 5:30
Glyphosate and cancer; understanding epidemiology Dr. Geoffery Kabat, Cancer Epidemiologist, Genetic Literacy Podcast
5:45 – 6:30
Visit with Vendors
6:30 -
- Dinner at Golden Nugget
- The Sam Pittman “Excellence in Vegetation Management” Award, Sam Pittman
- Officer Elections
- Introduction of candidates
- Janie Walters, Champion Communications

Wednesday, November 20, 2019


7:00 - 7:30
Devotion Daniel Rodgers, MDOT & Lay Methodist Minister
7:30 - 8:00
Business Meeting, Eric Pigg, President, MVMA

Jamie Wallace – Moderator

8:00 - 9:00
Right-of-way IVM Research Update Dr. Victor Maddox, Senior Research Associate, MSU
9:00 -9:30
UMV for Right-of-Way Mowing Stephen Tews, Spyder Slope Mowers
9:30 - 10:00
Visit with Vendors

Morgan Butler - Moderator

10:00 - 11:00
UAV Right-of-Way Inspections Jeremy Cooper and Corey Hartup, Cooperative Energy
11:00 - 12:00
New Technology for Safer Rights-of-way Vegetation Management Dr. Joby Czarnecki, Assistant Research Professor, MSU


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