2020 Piedmont Landscape and Green Industry Conference

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center
1192 US 64 W Business, Pittsboro, NC 27312


The Piedmont Green Industry and Landscape Conference provides continuing education and re-certification credits for green industry professionals, including landscapers, grounds and turf managers, and greenhouse and nursery producers.


NC LCLB Landscape contractor (3 Landscape Technical, 2 Business) and 3 N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Pesticide continuing education credits (3 D, L, N X) have been applied for; final confirmation pending.


Register online by February 6, 2020. The registration fee is $15 and includes lunch.


7:30 a.m.-Check-in begins

8 a.m. Welcome

Matt Jones (Horticulture Extension Agent, Chatham County) and Stacey Jones (Area Specialized Agent, Commercial Nursery and Greenhouse)

8:15 a.m. – Keeping Ahead of the Curve – New Plants for Exceptional Landscapes

Mark Weathington Director, NC State University JC Raulston Arboretum

9:30 a.m. – How To Run a Landscape or Small Business In The Green Industry

Paige Moody President, Arbor Enterprises

Paige will discuss how attention to detail and customer service as well as employee retention and mission statements all play a part in profitability. A crucial part of business management is understanding how to read profit and loss statements, income statements, and aging statements. If you don’t know what these terms are this will be a great time to implement them in your business model. 

10:45–11 a.m. – Break

11 a.m. – Pollinators: How to Bee Active

Ryan Adams Extension Associate, Center for Integrated Pest Management, NC State Extension

Through the presentation, we will examine the challenging relationship between turf and pollinators, including: how perception has shaped the turf industry; discussion on why pollinator populations are in decline; current research at NC State University on conservation and habitat; tips to support pollinator conservation and habitat; communicating facts to the community

12:30 p.m. – Lunch (included in registration fee)

1:30 p.m. – Turf Jeopardy!

Matt Lenhardt Horticulture Extension Agent, N.C. Cooperative Extension, Iredell County Center

Game show style presentation with questions to challenge your turf and pesticide safety knowledge.

2:45 p.m. – How the Agricultural Services Program Can Assist Nursery/Greenhouse Growers Recruit Labor 

Tim Dollyhite & Drew Long NC Department of Commerce Division of Workforce Solutions

3:30 p.m. – Wrap-up and evaluations

Persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Ginger Cunningham, County Extension Director, at 919-542-8202 or email ginger.cunningham@chathamnc.org, or in person at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center at least 10 days prior to the event.