The 2018 MVMA Conference will be held November 13-14, 2018 at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Biloxi, MS. The conference program can be found here.

Reserve a room at the Golden Nugget using the conference rate by clicking here.

Know someone that exemplifies excellence in the right-of-way vegetation management industry?

Nominate that individual for the 2018 Sam Pitman Excellence in Vegetation Management Award. Send a one to two page letter that documents the outstanding attitude, work ethic and overall performance of that nominee to John Byrd, Department of Plant & Soil Sciences, Box 9555, Mississippi State, MS 39762 or attach letter to an email and send to jbyrd@pss.msstate.edu. Nominations are due September 15.

If you need to become a Certified Pesticide Applicator...

If you intend to take the pesticide applicator certification exams, testing will be done after lunch on November 14. Use the online form at to order study manuals. Pay online with a credit card, send a check, or indicate that you will pay with a purchase order. The General Standards (required for all category exams) manual costs $30. The right-of-way, forestry, or aquatic category manuals are $30 each. If you need assistance, please call the Mississippi Pesticide Safety Education Program at 662/325-5829..

Register Online

Register online with a credit card using the link above. This will help eliminate the congestion that normally occurs at the registration desk. If you prefer not to use a credit card, you can print the registration form, fill it out and bring it with you to the registration desk at the conference.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

AM

9:00
Visit with Vendors
8:00 - 12:00
Core and ROW certification training
Dr. Victor Maddox, Senior Research Associate, MSU
Dr. John Byrd, Professor, MSU

PM

Lunch on your own

Moderator

12:55 - 1 :00
Welcome, Eric Pigg, President, MVMA
1 :00 -1 :30
Industry Update
1 :30 - 2:30
IVM Issues on Roadside Rights-of-Way Daniel Rogers, MDOT
2:30 - 3:00
Visit with Vendors

Moderator

3:00 - 4:00
IVM issues on Utility Rights-of-Way Jonathan Howell, 4-County EPA and Brad Morris, Cooperative Energy
4:00 - 5:00
Threatened and Endangered Species in Mississippi Heather Sullivan, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
5:00 - 5:45
What’s that plant? Southeasternflora.com John Gwaltney, Forestry Suppliers, Inc.
5:45 – 6:30
Visit with Vendors
6:30 -
- Dinner at Golden Nugget
- The Sam Pittman “Excellence in Vegetation Management” Award, Sam Pittman
- Officer Elections

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

AM

7:00 - 7:30
Devotion, Daniel Rogers
7:30 - 8:00
Business Meeting, Eric Pigg, President, MVMA

Moderator

8:00 - 8:30
Right-of-way IVM Research Update Dr. Victor Maddox, Senior Research Associate, MSU
8:30 -9:00
Windage: Considerations for Sniper and Sprayer Operations Lt. Col. Matt McKee, US Army Special Forces
9:30 - 10:00
Visit with Vendors
10:00 - 11:00
Fred Whitford, Extension Safety Specialist, Purdue University
11:00 - 12:00
Technology for Safer Roadside Rights-of-way Vegetation Management Jim Green, Alamo

PM

1:30 -
ROW and General Standards Testing, Mississippi Department of Agriculture & Commerce