ALABAMA VEGETATION MANAGEMENT SOCIETY

ANNUAL MEETING FEBRUARY 26 & 27, 2019

BRYANT CONFERENCE CENTER, TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA


2019 Conference

It seems like only yesterday that we finished the 2018 Annual Conference. Now we are only five months away from the 2019 Conference.

The Conference Information, including registration forms, are located on this website. So, you can register any time between now and mid February. Please make sure all of the information is correct and legible.

We will again be in Tuscaloosa, at the Bryant Conference Center. The Capstone Hotel is at near capacity, so we will have other hotels on the website soon that will offer reasonable rates for AVMS attendees..

This year we are asking all registered attendees and guests to please have your name badge visible at all times. This helps us recognize those who are registered and paid.

Hope to see you in February.


Monday, February 25, 2019

5:00 to 7:00 PM Exhibit Hall:
An Evening with the Exhibitors
Sponsors TBA

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Registration opens at 6:30 AM

6:30 AM Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
Sponsor TBA

8:00 AM Welcome and Board Nominations
Brian Conary–AVMS President

8:30 AM Pesticide Toxicity
Dr. Fudd Graham – Auburn University

9:15 AM What Happens to herbicides on the ROW?
Dr. Thomas C. Muller – University of TN

10:00 AM Break with Exhibitors
Sponsor TBA

10:45 AM Alabama Wildlife
Charles “Chuck” Sykes – Director of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries

11:45 AM Lunch
Sponsored by TBA
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

1:00 PM ADAI SCAN IN

1:15 PM Evaluation of Vegetation for Stream and Floodplain Projects
Dr. Eve Brantley – Auburn University

1:45 PM Regulatory Issues
Jack Ingram - ADAI

2:30 PM Break with Exhibitors
Sponsor TBA

3:15 PM Utility Safety
Michael Kelley - AREA

4:00 PM Tree Care in Construction Zones
Chris Francis – Chris Francis Tree Care

5:00 PM Adjourn
ADAI SCAN OUT

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

6:30 AM ADAI SCAN IN
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
Sponsor TBA

7:00 AM Non-denominational Devotion upstairs in
the Lackey Room: Michael Kelley - AREA

7:30 AM Advanced Tree Pruning
Chris Francis – Chris Francis Tree Care

8:30 AM Glyphosate: Is it Safe?
Dr. Thomas C. Mueller – University of TN

9:15 AM Break with Exhibitors
Sponsor TBA

9:45 AM Drone Mapping Technology
Dr. Beau Brodbeck – AL Co-op Extension

10:30 AM Pattern Testing Large Droplet ROW
Application Heads
Dr. John Byrd- Mississippi State University

11:15 AM Silent Auction Results
AVMS Business meeting

11:45 AM Adjourn
ADAI SCAN OUT
Dr. Beau Brodbeck was born and raised in Guatemala, Central America until moving to Fairhope, AL where he enrolled in Faulkner State. He eventually transferred to Auburn University and earned his B.S. and M.S. from the School of Forestry and Wildlife Management where his research focused on the disjunctions between the growing number of small timberland holdings and a large consolidating forestry industry unable to provide forest management to small timberland owners. He currently serves as Alabama Cooperative Extension Specialist in Urban and Community Forestry.
Dr. Thomas C. Mueller is a Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Tennessee. He received his B.S. from the University of Illinois in Agronomy, his M.S. from the University of Kentucky in Crop Science, and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in Crop Science. His primary research areas are environmental fate of pesticides (especially herbicides) in soils, water systems, and in the air (via drift), and the confirmation and subsequent control of herbicide-resistant weeds. Dr. Mueller has served on an US-EPA Scientific Advisory Board, has served as an associate editor for Weed Science and Weed Technology, has served on the executive board for the Weed Science Society of America as Secretary, and was named a fellow of the WSSA in 2014.
Charles “Chuck” Sykes is a Choctaw County native who took his passion for the outdoors and earned a Wildlife Biology degree from Auburn University in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Science. After graduation, he worked as a guide and/or general manager for several prominent commercial hunting lodges in Alabama. Mr. Sykes assimilated the hands-on knowledge from the field with scientific instruction for the classroom to create a fullservice natural resource consulting firm in 1999. Since then, Mr. Sykes has managed hundreds of thousands of acres across the nation. In 2012, Mr. Sykes accepted the position of Director of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries in the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. He currently oversees the

Dr. Eve Brantley is an Associate Professor with the Auburn University Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences. She also serves as the Alabama Cooperative Extension System Water Resource Specialist. Eve has worked on water education and project implementation at the watershed, basin, and regional
Jack Ingram was raised in Houston County and attended Wallace College for Criminal Justice. Jack has been employed at the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries for the last 17 years where he serves as an Agriculture and Consumer Protection Specialist with Pesticide Management. Before that, he worked 7 years for Terra International as a Certified Crop Advisor. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter and does a little hunting on the side.
Michael Kelley has served at the Alabama Rural Electric Association (AREA) since early 2006 where his primary focus has been to conduct monthly safety meetings and RESAP inspections for Alabama’s 22 member cooperatives, as well as cooperatives in Florida. Prior to moving to AREA, he served as a line man and safety coordinator in the Utility Industry. He has coordinated with Alabama and other states during times of disaster; his restoration campaigns include Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav, and Rita.

Chris Francis is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, Alabama state licensed in all four horticultural categories, and ALNLA Certified Landscape Professional. He also holds the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification and AUFA Urban Forestry Certification. Chris has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from University of South Alabama and is working on a master's degree in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry from University of Central Lancashire. He is a practicing and consulting arborist at Chris Francis Tree Care.
Dr. Fudd Graham holds a B.S. in Animal Science and a Ph.D. in Entomology. Currently he is employed by the Auburn University Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology as a coordinator of the Alabama Fire Ant Program and the Pesticide Safety Education Program
Dr. John Byrd serves as an extension and research professor at Mississippi State University in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. His focus is on weed control in noncroplands and forages. He has authored numerous publications addressing weed control in various agricultural and home environments. His hobbies include collecting “cats”.

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