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Posted on behalf of Gary Wyatt, U of M Extension:

We have scheduled three Invasive Species classes in southern MN in October and November to reach rural residents and rural leaders. We would love to have Master Gardeners attend to meet their continuing ed credits and learn more about invasive species.

Please note the news release regarding our three invasive species classes.  
NR.Invasive Species.Fall2013.pdf

If you have questions please contact me.

Gary J. Wyatt

Extension Educator, Agroforestry

University of Minnesota Extension

1961 Premier Drive, Suite 110

Mankato, MN  56001-5901

507-389-6748 or 888-241-3214

507-381-3092 (cell)

CE Opp: IPM3 Online Classes

A great opportunity to dig deep into Integrated Pest Management education!

Extension Master Gardeners may apply these classes toward their CE hours.

Integrated Pest Management 3 (IPM3)
All IPM3 online courses are now open for registration. Visit
for course information and registration details.

Mark E. Ascerno, Professor Emeritus and Co-Chair
IPM3 Training Consortium
Department of Entomology
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN 55108
Voice:  612-624-9773

Visit the IPM3 website:

Follow IPM3 on Facebook:  IPM3 on Facebook

This sounds cool! Most of us like to photograph gardens, and here's an online class through Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania (awesome!). Below are details.

Intermediate Digital Garden Photography
Sept. 9 - October 14, 2013
100% online class

Class contact:
Douglas C Needham, Ph.D., Education Department Head
Longwood Gardens

P.O. Box 501, Kennett Square, PA 19348-0501
+1 610.388.5249; c +1 610.563.8988;

We are offering a fully online course in digital garden photography, September 9 - October 14, 2013. The course would be very appropriate for persons who are already comfortable with a DSLR camera (digital single lens reflex camera) and are looking to take their garden photography to the next level by discovering and applying sophisticated approaches to composition, exposure, lighting, and post processing.

 Participants will learn and practice new techniques in weekly assignments and share and discuss the images they shoot through direct interaction with our skilled instructor and their classmates. Toward the end of the course we will focus on some of the popular software that's being used by amateurs and professionals alike to process and enhance their work.  Gardens can be anywhere; participants will be able to take the images they need in their own locations. Anywhere in the world!

 Specifically, the course will address:

  • Advanced composition, keyed toward garden photography
  • Concepts in exposure
  • The photographic workflow
  • Macro photography
  • The garden photographer's toolbox
  • The modern photographer's software

We welcome college students and Master Gardeners to enroll in Intermediate Digital Garden Photography.

Douglas C Needham, Ph.D.
, Education Department Head
Longwood Gardens

P.O. Box 501, Kennett Square, PA 19348-0501
+1 610.388.5249; c +1 610.563.8988;
"Tree Squirrel Management" presented by Stephen M. Vantassel, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
A webinar will be held Friday, Aug. 16 at 11:00 AM (CST) on Tree Squirrel Management. Squirrels can cause significant damage to human interests as they prepare for winter. Learn what works and what should be avoided in dealing with them. Details at 

Pre-registration is NOT necessary. Attending this webinar may count as CE hrs for U of MN MGs.

Stephen M. Vantassel, CWCP, MNI, ACP
Project Manager-Wildlife Damage Management
University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources
Twitter- @svantassel

P1050461.JPGGrowing Squash, Cucumbers and Pumpkins with IPM
Presented August 2, 2013

This webinar was recorded and the following links will take you to the introduction and the three content segments. The questions and answers were recorded at the end of each segment.

Each segment (except the introduction) counts toward 1/2 hour of CE hrs for Extension Master Gardeners. The introduction does not count for CE hrs due to its short length.

Each section includes a presentation followed by questions and answers.

AFTER the webinar, participants are asked to complete a short POST TEST, which will help us measure learning and the impact of the webinar. Please complete the post test and the webinar evaluation at the links given below. We are very interested in topics for future webinars and appreciate your ideas and suggestions.

Questions? Please contact Mary Meyer, UMN at

WEBINAR: Growing Squash, Cucumbers and Pumpkins with IPM

1. Introduction by Mary Meyer, UMN (2 mins)

2. Plant Selection, Growing and Management by Rhoda Burrows, SDSU (24 mins)

3. Diseases of Squash, Cucumbers and Pumpkins by Michelle Grabowski, UMN (28 mins)

4. Insect Pests of Squash, Cucumbers and Pumpkins by Celeste Welty, OSU (25 mins)

Post test:

Feedback and evaluation:

Dr. Scott HygnstroP1030278.JPGm will be giving a webinar entitled "Dealing with Deer." Dr. Hygnstrom will provide actionable information to resolve human-deer conflicts.

Webinar will occur on Friday June 21, at 11:00 am to Noon Central time.

Pre-registration is not required. Simply show up at at the appointed time.

The webinar will be recorded and posted here:

Presented courtesy of the Wildlife Damage Management CoP.

Webinar contact:
Stephen M. Vantassel, CWCP, MNI, ACP
University of Nebraska-Lincoln - School of Natural Resources
414 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege St.
Lincoln, NE 68583-0974
402-472-8961 central

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Here is a MG continuing education opportunity: the 2013 Midwest Extension Compost School, June 3-5, 2013.

The 2013 Midwest Composting School is a collaborative effort between the University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, University of Wisconsin, Illinois State University, MPCA, Carver County, and the Minnesota Compost Council.

Please see the following website for more details, instructor info, and registration / fee information:

Note: There is an optional Special Up-Date Session for previous compost school graduates on June 6, 2013. This session will focus on new: rules, technology, operations, and issues facing the compost industry. Some MGs have attended the compost school in prior years.

Attendance at this event may be counted toward Master Gardener continuing education hours.

If you have questions, please contact:
Tom Halbach
Professor and Extension Educator, Waste Management and Water Quality
Phone: 612-625-3135     
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