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EDGE Expo urban agriculture conference set at Gwinnett Civic and Cultural Center By Sharon Dowdy

The Georgia Urban Ag Council will host the third annual EDGE Expo for landscape professionals on Dec. 11-12 at the Gwinnett Civic and Cultural Center in Duluth, Ga.

The expo is designed to educate green industry professionals by providing updates on the industry, demonstrations of the latest timesaving equipment, opportunities to network and presentations on the latest research from university scientists.

Industry experts and researchers from across the Southeast will share the latest information on everything from landscape management to tips on how to work smarter next spring.

Researchers from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will present workshops on the most common beneficial and pest insects found in Georgia landscapes, how to identify and treat plant diseases, chemical control of common landscape weeds, identifying plant stressors, the latest turfgrass research, building healthy soil and much more.

Experts from Chattahoochee Technical College and North Carolina State University will share their knowledge, too, along with landscape company owners and marketing specialists.

This year’s expo also includes presentations from local, national and consulting experts in Wednesday’s Visionary Views session. The day begins with an informal networking session and continues with data from a “Lawn and Landscape” magazine survey, the latest on the housing market and tips on how to market green industry products and services.

Training for Georgia’s pesticide applicator’s general standards and Category 24 (ornamentals and turf) will be available on Dec. 11, and the exam will be given the morning of Dec. 12.

The Association of Professional Landscape Designers, Georgia Certified Landscape Professional, Georgia Certified Plant Professional, Golf Course Superintendent Association of America, the International Society of Arboriculture, the Irrigation Association, Planet Landscape Industry and Sports Turf Management Association are offering continuing education credits for those who attend the expo.

Registration for the expo is $145 for Georgia Urban Ag Council members before Nov. 25 and $175 after. For nonmembers, the cost is $175 for both days before Nov. 25 and $205 after.

One-day fees for members are $95 for Wednesday, which includes lunch, and $55 for Thursday. Nonmembers pay $125 for Wednesday only, and $75 for Thursday only. After Nov. 25, these fees go up $30.

A highlight of the expo is the tradeshow, where landscape-related companies and associations will show off their latest products. The trade show is set for 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Dec. 11.

The fee to attend the trade show and luncheon only on Wednesday is $20 for both Urban Ag Council members and nonmembers. There is no charge to only attend the trade show.

For more information or to register, call (800) 687-6949, or e-mail events@urbanagcouncil.com. The website is www.edge-expo.com.

(Sharon Dowdy is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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