Annual Conference

February 21 and 22 (Tuesday and Wednesday) at Virginia Crossings (just north of Richmond): 1000 Virginia Center Parkway, Glen Allen 23059

– Legislative and Regulatory Issues Affecting Our Industry, including an optional trip to Virginia’s General Assembly

– Pesticide, Fertilizer Certification and Recertification PLUS Much More


LAST YEAR – Legislative Day
6:30 to 7:45 Fellowship Breakfast
8:00 to 12:00 Legislative and Regulatory Issues
8:00 Welcome
8:10 Regulatory Challenges to Our Industry: A Look at National Issues and the Experiences of
Other States. (Bob Mann, NALP)
9:15 EPA Regulatory Update (Cameron Douglass, Office of Pest Mgt Policy)
10:00 Break
10:15 H-2B Status – (Karla Segundo, NALP)
11:00 VDACS’ New OnLine Pesticide System (Liza Fleeson Trossbach, VDACS)

Visits to General Assembly are canceled because of COVID restrictions.

12:00 LUNCH
1:00 – 4:15 Legislative and Regulatory Issues
1:00 Virginia’s General Assembly Update (Virginia Agribusiness Council)
1:45 New Rules for Certified Fertilizer Applicators (Larry Nichols, VDACS)
2:15 Developing Partnerships in a Challenging Regulatory Climate (Lindsay Thompson, )
3:30 Partnering With Environmental Groups: Lessons from the Field (Cindy Smith)
4:15 END
1:00 – 4:00 Sod Grower’s Track
Sod Growers Keynote Speaker – open to all conference attendees
Mike Baker- New Seed/Combs Ag Consultant
“Seed Money: Volatility, Costs, and Availability of Grass Seed Explained”
2:00 – Q&A with Mike Baker – open to all conference attendees
2:30 – Break
3:00 – Virginia Sod Growers Annual Meeting- VSG Members only
Follow Up Q & A with Mike Baker
Old & New Business and Elections of Directors

LAST YEAR – 2nd Day
Pesticide Recertification: 3A, 3B, 5A, 6, 8, 10, and 60 (8:00 – 4:15)
Guy Mussey (VCE), Ed Olsen (VCE)

Pesticide Certification Review and Exam ((focus of the review is on the Core. Persons must have letter from VDACS to take exams)
Laura Maxey Nay, VCE
Review: 9:00 – 12:00
Exam: 1:00 – 3:00

Fertilizer Certification and Recertification
Karen Carter
Review: 9:00 – 12:00
Exam: 1:00 – 3:00


Check out videos from sponsors of the 2021 Conference
Finch Services
Southern States
SiteOne Landscape Supply’s Three Short Videos: ONE, TWO, and THREE
Genesis Green Supply
McGill Premium Compost
VTC Environmental Institute