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How Biocontrol Agents are Approved and How to Access Them for Your Invasive Species Management Needs
Classical biological control of weeds is an important management tool to control invasive species across large landscapes. This webinar intends to provide a brief history of biocontrol to include the processes in place for testing, screening, evaluating, and approving introductions in the U.S. Additionally, accessibility of these agents for private landowners and government agencies will be discussed to include generalities of that process, where they might go to collect biological control agents, tools to identify agents that have proven to be successful in providing management of certain species, and what new ideas are available that landowners may be unaware of.

Aug 19, 2020 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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John Kaltenbach
Biological Control Specialist @Colorado Department of Agriculture
John has been with the CDA for 12 years, the last 6 years with the Palisade Insectary Biological Control Program. John is the director of Front Range operations for the Insectary and works mainly in the Front Range and eastern Colorado areas. The Insectary imports, rears, establishes, and colonizes new beneficial organisms for control of specific plant and insect pests and evaluates their effectiveness. John has a B.S. in Entomology from the University of Wyoming and 3 years post-graduate education at the University of Arizona. He has 30 years of experience working in entomology, including plant pest management, regulation and control with USDA, APHIS, PPQ; as an Entomology Research Assistant at the University of Arizona and University of Wyoming; two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer promoting and implementing Integrated Pest Management in Guatemala. John is a member of NAISMA and Colorado's Emerald Ash Borer Response Team.
Joseph Milan
Biological Control Specialist @Bureau of Land Management
Joseph “Joey” Milan is a Boise, Idaho native. Joey graduated from the College of Idaho with a BS in Biology and the University of Idaho where he completed his MS in Entomology. Upon completion of his MS, Joey began working at his present position as a Biological Control Specialist with the BLM. At his present post, he serves as the interagency coordinator for biological control, assisting weed control practitioners in their Integrated Weed Management approach by providing technical assistance and monitoring of past releases as well as organizing new collections and additional potential release sites.