Please join us for the 2018 edition of the MALCP Winter Lawn Care Conference. Discover new agronomic and pesticide insights in our Technical Seminar, while the Business Seminar Workshops are ideal for any GreenIndustry (Lawn Care, Landscaping, Irrigation, etc.) business owner and/or managers. In addition, you can meet with a host of exhibitors featuring a variety of products and services.

This is a great opportunity for everyone in the Lawn Care and Green Industries – Lawn Care Professionals, Sports Turf Managers, Golf Course Personnel, Landscapers, Municipal / Institutional Groundskeepers.

We look forward to seeing you.

Conference Highlights:

  • Business Seminar includes a hot lunch buffet served on-site and features a comprehensive legal roundtable hosted by Associate Industries of Massachusetts Vice President and attorney Tom Jones, discussing an overview of various new legal issues facing business owners and decision makers, along with a presentation by Sarah Petrie, Assistant AG with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office on consumer contracts and the collection of consumer accounts.
  • Technical Seminar features an update on using the recently implemented MDAR E-Portal for pesticide licensing and other issues, along with presentations related to several aspects of turfgrass insect pests and their management. 5 Pesticide Recertification Credits have been approved for Core (L), Dealer (D) and Category 37 (Turf).
  • Optional on-site Lunch Buffet available for Technical Seminar participants (Pre-Registration Required).
  • Vendor Exhibitor Area featuring a variety of products and services. Vendors available during pre-Conference Continental Breakfast, morning Coffee with the Vendors break, as well as during the Lunch Session.
  • Lunch Session will include Ice Cream Social along with Free Door Prize Raffle drawing for all participants, held in the Vendor Exhibitor Area prior to beginning of afternoon sessions.

Technical Seminar Agenda


8:15 to 10:00 Harnessing beneficial soil organisms for enhancing resistance to Turfgrass Pests
Dr. Kyle Wickings
This seminar will introduce participants to beneficial soil organisms and the services they provide in the turf root zone related to biological pest control, thatch decomposition, and nutrient cycling. We will discuss unique challenges to enhancing populations of beneficial soil organisms in turfgrass, and highlight the roles of proper pest scouting, diagnosis, and management interventions in minimizing unintended impacts of pesticides on beneficials. The seminar will also introduce opportunities for using insect pathogens for managing root-feeding pests in turf.

10:00 to 10:20 Coffee with Vendors Break

10:20 to 11:10 Ants, Wasps, Ticks and Armyworms – Biology and Management
Dr. Stan Swier
The Lone Star Tick, the Fall Armyworm, varieties of lawn and fire ants, as well as wasps are all part of current Lawn Care and Landscape conversations. This presentation will focus on proper pest identification within these categories with and include a variety of management and control techniques, including cultural, biologic, conventional and IPM.

11:10 to 11:30 Update on Using the New E-Portal for Pesticide Issues Bob Mann

11:30 to 12:45 Lunch and visits with vendors

12:45 to 2:30 “IPM and the effects of a Changing Climate”
Dr. Richard Cowles
Understanding climate change is integral to understanding the management of landscape insect pests, including those that feed on turf. This presentation will explore the fundamental scientific principles behind climate change and describe how these changes can influence the biology and management of white grubs, chinch bugs, turf lepidoptera, and billbugs.

2:30 to 3:00 Issuance of Credits

Business Seminar Agenda


8:15 to 10:10 Todays Legal Environment Roundtable

Tom Jones ESQ, Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Welcome to the challenging world of 2018 as employers face new and changing laws, rules and costs! This year we will be discussing some of the key issues for the upcoming year, including:

• Intense new scrutiny on employer’s workplace sexual harassment policies and practices.
• Reasonable accommodation requirements that have been expanded to include medical marijuana and pregnant workers.
• Changes to the hiring process due to the new pay equity law, CORI regulations and yet another new I-9 form.
• Employers’ new costs due to the recently amended Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) charge.
• Possible law changes on the horizon as the state weighs possible changes to the minimum wage and paid family leave.

Join us for an interesting conversation as we explore how these and other key employer topics on your mind that may impact your business in 2018.

10:10 to 10:30 Coffee with the vendors

10:30 to 11:30 Legal Roundtable

11:30 to 12:45 Lunch and Dessert with vendors

12:45 to 1:30 Legal Roundtable

1:30 to 2:30 Massachusetts Consumer Protection Law – Consumer Contracts and the Collection of Consumer Accounts

Sarah Petrie, Assistant Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau

• Bring your questions.

Registration Information

(Pre-Registration Deadline is Friday, January 19, 2018)


MALCP Member $135.00 per person ($145 Non Member pp) – Includes Hot Buffet Lunch


MALCP Member – $90.00 pp for first 2 attendees, $80.00 pp for each additional attendee from same facility.

Non-Member$100.00 pp for first 2 attendees, $90.00 per person for each additional attendee from same facility.
An optional Hot Lunch Buffet served on-site is available for an additional $35.00 per attendee (Pre-Registration required)

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