LEXINGTON, Ken. — The 50th anniversary of the University of Kentucky Pest Control Short Course, originally planned for this November, has been put on hold until 2021.
The Short Course, which has been in operation for 49 years, provides training and education for PMPs across the nation. Zachary DeVries, new urban entomologist at UK, recently announced the cancellation of the conference out of consideration for the health and safety of attendees during the global pandemic.
“This decision does not come lightly and has been made to ensure all our attendees are able to continue working and protecting the health and well-being of those they serve,” DeVries wrote in a letter
to the conference’s mailing list. “We hope that you can take this time that you would normally be immersed in pest control education, learning new techniques and networking with others in the profession, and spend it with your family, friends, and loved ones as we all work to get through these tough times together.”
As a temporary replacement for the Short Course, University of Kentucky’s Department of Entomology will be offering a series of online webinars available for credit. That being said, the webinars are temporary and will not replace the Short Course itself.
DeVries said plans for the conference’s 50th anniversary are already in the works, and the event is scheduled for Nov. 9 -11, 2021.
The 2019 Short Course included speeches on the topics of “Cockroach Control House of Learning,” “Lessons of a Lifetime” in rodent control and “Troubleshooting Tricky Pest Problems.” It also recognized the retirement of Dr. Mike Potter, who managed the course for 29 years (click here for a review of last year's event).