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THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL - MTGF/MNLA Pesticide Recertification Workshop

Additional seats were recently added for this workshop. We anticipate they will sell out quickly.

When: Friday, November 18, 2016
Where: North Metro Event Center
1000 Gramsie Road
Shoreview, Minnesota  55126
United States
Contact: 651-633-4987

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This is the last opportunity to renew your license in 2016. Register now before the class fills up!  SPACE IS LIMITED!

You may choose to renew your license for either:

Category A & E
Category A, E & P


Licensing Information:  

If you have questions regarding your pesticide applicator license, contact the Minnesota Department of Agriculture at 651-201-6615. Click Here for a link to the MDA website and information on Minnesota Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicator Licensing.

SCHEDULE (Category A, E and P:  8:00 AM - 4:30 PM; Category A & E:  10:00 AM - 4:30 PM)

Applicators registered for Categories A, E & P,  please arrive at 7:45 am to check in.

8:00 AM—9:45 AM:  Session I. Category P—Vertebrate Pest 

John Loegering, University of Minnesota
This session meets MDA’s pesticide applicator recertification requirements for Category P (Vertebrate Pest Control). In this session, we will review approaches to vertebrate pest management as well as discuss effective techniques to managing various pest species.

Applicators registered for Categories A and E, please arrive at 10:00 am to check in.

10:15 AM—10:45 AM:  Session II. MDA’s Pesticide Applicator Licensing

Alison Rossow, MN Dept. of Agriculture
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will review the basics of pesticide application licensing, certification, recordkeeping and posting turf applications.

10:45 AM—11:45 AM:  Session III. Safety in Transporting Pesticides

Ed Carroll, Hennepin Technical College
The experts at Hennepin Technical College will address safety as it relates to transportation of pesticides including load securement issues and other vital information.

11:45 AM—12:30 PM: Break for Lunch

12:30 PM—1:30 PM:  Session IV. Exposure vs. Toxicity and Pesticide Safety

Dean Herzfeld, University of Minnesota
Fear of toxicity often drives perception of risk for making decisions in using and handling pesticides. Instead, research shows it is not toxicity, but exposure to people, that places people at risk for harm. For pesticide applicators this has real-world consequences for adopting safety practices. This presentation will discuss how safety practices to reduce pesticide exposure lead directly to reduction in potential for short and long -term health problems.

1:45 PM—2:45 PM:  Session V. Being a Good Citizen/Steward of the Environment

Heidi Heiland, Heidi’s Lifestyle Gardens and GrowHaus
What does this mean for John Q. Public? What does this mean for our original green industry? Learn and share new opportunities to take your approach to our ecological world into the new generation.

3:00 PM—4:00 PM:  Session VI. Breakout Sessions (Choose 1)

Managing Turfgrass with Fewer Inputs (Turf/Golf)
Jon Trappe, University of Minnesota
In this session, Trappe will discuss some of the challenges faced by turfgrass managers as chemical inputs become more limited and solutions to those challenges. Topics will include low-input turfgrass species, endophyte-enhanced turfgrasses, and pollinator-friendly lawns.

Life After Neonics (Greenhouse/Nursery)
Vera Krischik, University of Minnesota
Learn about the new pests in greenhouse/nursery production and what is the best IPM approach. What are the new insecticides and which pests do they manage? Learn about new frontiers in thrips and spider mite management.

How to Manage Landscape Plants Without Neonicotinoids (Landscape/Arborist)
Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota
The role of neonicotinoids in the decline of pollinators has been hotly debated and has led to discussion of banning this class of insecticide in Minnesota. In this talk we will discuss what options landscape professionals will have if/when neonicotinoids are no longer available for treating ornamental landscape plants. 

4:00 PM—4:30 PM:  Session VII. Breakout Sessions (Choose 1)

Calibration of Turf Equipment
Sam Bauer, University of Minnesota

Calibration of Greenhouse/Nursery Equipment
Chad Giblin, University of Minnesota

Calibration of Landscape/Arborist Equipment
Gail Nozal, S & S Tree & Horticultural Specialists


Meet Our Speakers:

John Loegering has worked on wildlife issues in urban and residential settings for over a decade. He is a regular contributor on wildlife-related topics to the Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, and White Earth Summer Science & Math Academy programs. He conducts research on the ecology and management of forest songbirds. During the academic year, he teaches courses in wildlife ecology and management, ornithology, mammalogy, and fisheries at the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and H.T. Morse Distinguished Teaching Professor.


Alison Rossow has worked in the Minnesota Department of Agriculture since 2007 and more recently the Licensing and Certification program. She is the recertification coordinator for turf and ornamental pesticide applicator programs. She holds her B.S. in Botany and in Geography and has worked across areas of plant cold tolerance research, nursery and greenhouse, interiorscapes, and invasive species and forestry management. Beyond recertification workshops, her focus is data management for reflecting educational standards in pesticide applicator certification.


Ed Carroll is a retired Lieutenant from the Minnesota State Patrol. While at the Patrol he acted as the State Director of Pupil Transportation Safety, Passenger Carrier Enforcement Coordinator (motor coach), T.A.C.T. grant coordinator (ticketing aggressive cars and trucks, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), and the Coordinator of the FMCSA Strike Force campaign involving the National Passenger Carrier Enforcement project for the State of Minnesota. Ed also acted as the Coordinator of the Emergency Vehicle Operation Course (EVOC), as well as the Coordinator of Non-Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (NEVO). He developed, designed and coordinated the Police Interdiction Technique known as (PIT) then trained all state troopers in this method of stopping police pursuits, and developed driving programs used in Construction Truck Operators Training (CTOT). Ed is currently an Adjunct Instructor for Hennepin Technical College specializing in Workplace and Transportation Safety.

Dr. Dean Herzfeld has been Coordinator of the Pesticide Safety & Environmental Education program, University of Minnesota Extension for almost 30 years providing state and national leadership in education for certified and other pesticide applicators. He grew up on a mixed crop/dairy farm in Lake Elmo, MN, was a crop consultant for farmers near Morris, MN and a regional extension Crop Pest Management specialist for Western Minnesota. Herzfeld has a B.S. in Integrated Pest Management, M.S. in plant Pathology and a Ph.D. in Work, Community and Family Education with a focus on educational design and public ethics for educational outcomes in safety and environmental extension education. Dr. Herzfeld is a past president of the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators and past member of US EPA's Certification and Training Assessment Group for pesticide applicator certification. His expertise includes health, safety and environmental education in the use of pesticides, instructional design and business plans for educational programs and pesticide personal protective equipment.

Heidi Hensel Heiland (Triple H as her cowboy husband calls her) is the Chief Experience Officer for her landscape gardening company, Heidi’s Lifestyle Gardens (HLG), whose seeds were planted in 1979 at the age of 17. With help from her professional team she creates award winning ecoscapes and nourishing encounters with nature for her customers by bringing them holistic consultation, design, installation and site management. This spring they opened GrowHaus, a garden center on a 5-acre footprint, which is a regenerative hub for growing, learning and thriving. Complete with greenhouses, plant displays, workshop spaces and demonstration gardens, GrowHaus provides a destination for homeowners and homesteaders alike. After graduating from the Constance Spry Flower School in England, Heiland continued her education and became a Certified Professional through MNLA and is one of only three female past Presidents in their 90 year history. Beyond these credentials, Heiland holds a certificate in Horticultural Therapy through Colorado State University, has her PDC for Permaculture Design, and is a Professional Master Gardener (ask her what that means). She is past President of Wayzata Garden Club as well as actively involved with Lake Minnetonka Garden Club. Additionally, she strives to educate the public with monthly segments on the local NBC affiliate, Kare 11’s EarthKare. Shei is blissfully married, with three kids, three grandkids, a golden retriever that is her constant companion and some free range chickens. She is a cradle Episcopalian, loves to ski and play racquet sports. She feels blessed that in the prime of her life she is making a difference and passionate about her profession. HLG perennially gives back up to 6% of their proceeds to non-profits in our local community.

Vera Krischik is a tenured Faculty in the Entomology Department of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota. One of the goals of the College is to develop viable food and agricultural systems, while maintaining healthy natural resources. Vera Krischik obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, held a Post Doc at the University of Maryland, was a researcher at the New York Botanical Garden (NSF sponsored Visiting Professor for Women), and was an IPM coordinator at USDA, Washington DC. Since 1995, Krischik has been a professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota. She teaches two courses: ENT 5009, Pesticide Use and Misuse and ENT 4015, Ornamental and Turf IPM. She was author on three books: one published in 1991, the first USDA grain insect management manual, still being published today, a second book in 1991 by John Wiley entitled "Microbial Mediation of Plant Insect Interactions" and another published in 2004 by the MN Agricultural Experiment Station on "IPM of Midwest Landscapes", 316 pp. She has partnered with MDA, DNR, MNLA, MTGF, and watershed districts for her outreach and research programs and publications. She has developed a plant restoration for beneficial insect’s bulletin and poster in cooperation with the DNR and Ramsey Watershed District. She teaches at least five large workshops each year on proper pesticides use in cooperation with MDA and MNLA. She has trained 8 graduate students and 1 post doc. She is director of CUES: Center for sustainable urban ecosystems that promote IPM of greenhouse/nursery and landscapes, online at In 2010 and 2014 Krischik received an LCCMR grant” on Mitigating Pollinator decline”. An outreach a poster on the right plants for bees, a protecting bee bulletin, pesticide and bee bulletin, and an online workshop are available at the CUES Website under “Pollinator Conservations” at

Jeff Hahn has a Master’s degree in entomology and has worked for the University of Minnesota Extension for 32 years as an Extension Entomologist. Hahn specializes in urban insects, especially those found in landscapes, gardens, and structures. He provides insect information to many audiences, including arborists, professional applicators, Master Gardeners, home gardeners, and extension staff.




Sam Bauer is an Extension Educator at the University of Minnesota. Bauer's research and extension objectives revolve around environmentally sound management strategies to improve the performance of turfgrass on golf courses, sports fields, general grounds, and home lawns. He has extensive working experience in turfgrass management in the United States, including degrees from the University of Minnesota emphasizing in turfgrass science.


Gail Nozal has over twenty years experience in urban forestry and arboriculture. Her experience includes presentations on tree care and urban forestry topics at the local and national level. She holds a Bachelor and a Masters Degree in Urban Forestry from the University of Minnesota.



Morning coffee and lunch are included. Parking is free.

Looking for Continuing Education Credits?
• MNLA-CP: 3 points
• ISA: Cat. A, E & P = 7 points; Cat A & E = 5
• GCSAA: 0.70 points

MNLA/MTGF General Event Refund Policy:

MNLA/MTGF will gladly make a full refund of your registration fee if cancellation notice is received more than two business days prior to the event. If cancellation is received in the two business days prior to the event, a 50 percent refund will be given. No refunds will be given for no-shows or cancellations made the day of the event. Cancellations may be made in writing, by fax, or by telephone call received at the MNLA office during normal business hours.

John Loegering has worked on wildlife issues in urban and residential settings for over a decade. He is a regular contributor on wildlife-related topics to the Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, and White Earth Summer Science & Math Academy programs. He conducts research on the ecology and management of forest songbirds. During the academic year, he teaches courses in wildlife ecology and management, ornithology, mammalogy, and fisheries at the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and H.T. Morse Distinguished Teaching Professor

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