VALENCIA, Spain — Insects Limited and Roca Defisan hosted the 9th Fumigants & Pheromones Conference and Workshop on March 3-5 in the Mediterranean coastal city of Valencia, Spain. This international conference on stored product protection was well attended with more than 200 pest managers representing 43 countries.
The conference theme was “Reducing Customer Complaints” the opening speaker was Dr. Pedro Palomo, with the Grain & Feed Trade Association (GAFTA). There were 20 invited international speakers who shared their stored product experiences, new technologies, and replacements for methyl bromide in structures and quarantine applications. The first conference day ended with a Gala Dinner where attendees were entertained with Spanish food and Flamingo Dancers.
The third day of the conference took place at the busy Port of Valencia for a hands-on practical workshop consisting of eight stations that ranged from new fumigation techniques to advanced pheromone trapping to a visit to 500-year-old organic grain silos – all with the idea of implementing these strategies to Reduce Customer Complaints.
David Mueller, conference organizer, said, “It made me smile to watch the groups from the various countries get together and exchanges ideas and friendships.”
The 10th Fumigants & Pheromones Conference will be in Indianapolis in May of 2012.