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Announcing the Western Forum on Pest Management 2022

What: The Western Forum on Pest Management, Western Committee on Crop Pests, and Western Committee on Plant Disease, 2022

When: Wednesday October 26th, Thursday October 27, and Friday October 28, 2022

Where: Holiday Inn and Conference Center, 9816 107 St., Grande Prairie, Alberta

IN PERSON is back! The Western Forum on Pest Management, Western Committee on Crop Pests and Western Committee on Plant Disease (WFPM/WCCP/WCPD) annual joint meetings resume in person for 2022.

On behalf of your WFPM executive and local organizing committee for the 2022 Western Forum on Pest Management please consider this your invitation to attend our annual meeting hosted this year in Grande Prairie, Alberta, October 26th, 27th and 28th. The arrival reception is on the evening of Wednesday, October 26, details TBA.

Note that Day 1 (Thursday, October 27) of the WFPM meeting consists of concurrent sessions providing updates on Entomology (WCCP) or Pathology (WCPD) issues from 2022.

On Day 2, Friday, October 28th we have the WFPM business meeting and a panel discussion on Peace Country agriculture with topics and issues of interest for all attendees.

Plan now to attend the BEST Entomology & Pathology update meeting for western Canada of the year, as our annual meetings never fail to meet this mark.

 

WFPM, WCCP, and WCPD Reception

October 26, 2022, Come and Go Registration and Reception Wednesday Evening from 8-10:00 pm in Salon B at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center

Western Committee on Crop Pests (WCCP)

October 27, 2022, Agenda

Western Committee on Plant Disease (WCPD)

October 27, 2022, Agenda

WFPM, WCCP, and WCPD Joint Business Meeting

October 28, 2022, Agenda

 

WFPM, WCCP, and WCPD Venue

Holiday Inn and Conference Center

9816 107 St. Grande Prairie, AB, T8V 8E7

T: (780) 402-6886 | F: (780) | 402-6835 |Web: http://higrandeprairie.com/

Hotel rate: $139/night + tax for 2 Queen room (when booking room, refer to “Block reserved for WESTERN FORUM)

Hotel rooms are difficult to book on short notice in Grande Prairie so attendees are strongly encouraged to book now using the meeting venue of the Grande Prairie Holiday Inn and Conference Center for accommodation (see above). A block of hotel rooms at our preferred rate (see above) will be released after September 26th , 2022, so please book right away to ensure that you receive a room at the best rate at the meeting venue.

 

WFPM, WCCP, and WCPD Registration

WFPM/WCCP/WCPD participants can now register online at the link below.

Registration link

 

Meeting agendas will be posted on the WFPM, WCCP, WCPD web pages.

 

Graduate Student Sponsorship Program for attendance at the WFPM

The Western Forum on Pest Management started awarding Student Travel Bursaries to encourage grad student participation at our annual meeting in 2017.  Despite the short notice we’d like to continue this in 2022.
Please forward this email to graduate students or supervisors you may know.

This year 4 travel bursaries, intended for a BC, AB, SK and MB student are available to be awarded to cover attendance and travel costs.  Travel to Grande Prairie will likely still require travel costs for AB students and interested students are encouraged to attend and apply if offsetting travel and accommodation costs would facilitate their attendance and understanding of the scope of the annual Western Forum meeting.


Background: This offering provides free registration and includes conference meals for graduate students studying plant pathology or entomology or a related field at Universities located in the four western provinces. There are four travel awards available; assumed to be one for each of BC, AB, SK, & MB in 2022. Each award has a maximum value of $750 based on a travel budget submitted by the graduate student applicant. It is generally expected that the full sum of the award will be awarded to offset travel, accommodation, meals and incidental costs not included in the conference registration. Awards will be based on both student merit and financial need in order for students to attend, awarded at the discretion of the selection committee. 

Application process: A graduate student applying for a WFPM Travel Award must submit the following application documents to Meghan Vankosky by email at  Vankosky, Meghan Meghan.Vankosky@AGR.GC.CA.
1) a copy of their CV; 2) a half page overview of their research project; 3) a brief budget for travel; and 4) a short recommendation letter from their supervisor.
Please submit as quickly as possible as this meeting is next week.  Tentative deadline of Oct 24th, 3:30pm MST.

Keith Gabert                                                               
2022 Chair Western Forum on Pest Management

www.westernforum.org