2019 Schedule

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Three sessions will occur durring each time slot, please come prepared for the session you would like to attend. 

9 a.m. 

Breaking the myths about herbicides
Fred Whitford, Purdue University


Discussions among scientists and the public have focused on the real, predicted, and perceived risks that pesticides pose to people and the environment. Each use of a pesticide poses some level of risk, so it is not surprising that scientists, the regulated community, government officials, and the public need a realistic understanding of the risks associated with pesticide use. We must analyze how risk is assessed, identify the risks, and determine an appropriate level of concern. There are significant risks associated with leaving certain pests uncontrolled; and, in some cases, pesticides are the only viable alternative. There is little doubt that the proper use of pesticides improves our quality of life, protects our property, and promotes a better environment. We must understand both the benefits and the risks of pesticides in developing integrated pest forest and wildlife management strategies. Although it may be difficult to convey to the public a sense of balance among pesticide benefits and risks, this issue is central to America’s discourse on the continued use of pesticides. Making an informed decision—whether public policy or individual choice—is impossible without evaluating the benefits of use alongside the risks.