David Franklin from ICL (Osmocote)
David Franklin has worked in the Victorian Nursery and Landscape Industry for the last 30 years, the last ten years with the ICL technical sales team as a regional sales manager. Prior to 2008 he owned and operated a wholesale plant production nursery along with other technical roles in the turf industry and plant marketing at Norwood Industries. David’s wealth of practical growing experience provides added depth to the knowledge and skill he brings to his role with ICL.
Rohan Davies from BASF
Currently looking after NSW, VIC, SA and TAS for Technical Services for BASF. Rohan’s background covers roles in the technical aspects of fertilisers, marketing and sales, through to agronomy with a recent focus on crop protection in broadacre, horticulture and functional crop care. Rohan will cover two new insecticides that could provide real options to control insects, when Imidacloprid is not available.
OCP Sales Manager for Victoria and Tasmania. Jason has an extensive history from tertiary schooling at the University of Tasmania majoring in Agricultural Science, leading onto the Victorian Strawberry industry as their IDO for many years specializing in pest and disease control. With his role at OCP, he now advises growers on how to best manage their crops with lower toxicity chemicals.
Jason Hingston from OCP (Organic Crop Protectants)
Angelica Cameron from IPM Industries
Angelica Cameron is an entomologist that joined IPM Technologies in 2013. She has since become an IPM specialist with experience assisting farmers and advisors to develop and implement highly successful IPM strategies. She currently works across Australia and New Zealand on a variety of projects aimed at increasing uptake of IPM in crops ranging from intensive horticulture to broad-acre crops. Angelica lectures in entomology and plant protection at the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University and in 2018 she received the “Researcher of the Year” award from the South Australian vegetable industry.
Angelica will cover the principles of IPM and give examples of how they have supported nurseries to transition from routine spray programs using neonicotinoids and other board-spectrum insecticides to successful IPM programs with minimal insecticide use. Angelica will discuss biological, cultural and chemical alternatives to neonicotinoids and how these alternatives can be integrated and applied in diverse nursery environments.