IPM Accreditation

Deadline – January 31, 2012 to submit IPM desk review information

Click here for important information from the IPM Council of Canada regarding submission of 2011 desk review materials.

Public Meetings completed before December 1, 2012:

It is anticipated that the vast majority of some 700 required public meetings to be held around the province before December 1, 2012 will be a positive public relations event to present data on pesticide use for 2011. However, some golf industry members having expressed some angst at the thought of public “exposure” and the potential of disruptive activist activity at these meetings has spawned sources of support from a few quarters.

The NGCOA Canada is preparing to provide limited, broad opportunities in preparation for public meetings through March and possibly beyond.

Opportunities include a 5 minute video to be used as a general introduction to start meetings. This video sponsored by the Ontario Allied Golf Associations will be available to members in good standing. We are considering a workshop breakout session to address public meetings during Spring Warm Up meetings in March.

Other sources for more detailed support include:

  • An OGSA presentation of the video and a seminar session on preparing for and executing public meetings during their annual conference (9 am - Jan 20) – see link under “Continuing Educational Credits”.
  • Consultation services through the Guelph Turfgrass Institute’s new division, the GTI Solutions Group.
  • John Bladon (The Chimera Group) at jbladon.chimeragroup@rogers.com or at 519.574.2013
  • Tim O’Connor (O’Connor Golf Communications) at tim@oconnorgolf.ca or at 519.341.4778
  • Regional workshop proposals, personal coaching etc. - Teri Yamada of TY Environmental Strategies teri@tyenviro.com 416.919.3832

Using Pesticides in 2012
After April 22, 2012 you will not be able to use pesticides unless you have achieved Level 2 Accreditation Status that includes the successful completion of an onsite audit. While audits are being conducted on an ongoing basis, golf courses do not have to request an on-site audit.

On-site audits will be scheduled in the following order of priority:

  1. Golf courses that have successfully completed three desk reviews or are already IPM Accredited - Level 2 and are scheduled for renewal.
  2. Golf courses that have successfully completed three desk reviews.
  3. Golf courses that have successfully completed two desk reviews and registered in 2009.
  4. Golf courses that have successfully completed one desk review and registered in 2010.
  5. Golf courses that have successfully completed one desk review and registered in 2011

You will be contacted by an auditor to schedule the on-site audit at a mutually convenient time.  

Further information is available at:
IPM Accreditation Program (IPMAP) - http://www.ontarioipm.com/IPM/
c/o University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus 866.385.4762 or 519.674.1538

IPM Council of Canada website – public display of course status, usage reports as well as data entry
http://www.ipmcouncilcanada.org/epar/Default.aspx

Continuing Educational Credits:

Landscape Ontario's Congress 2012
Date: Monday January 9 - Pre Congress educational workshop
Managing Turf, Trees and Expectations (while this one day symposium is directed to landscapers, attendance at this event qualifies for 8 CEC's from the IPM Council of Canada)
Registration: $95 before December 16 – $115 December 17 onwards
Location: Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON
Click here for symposium agenda and to register

Ontario Golf Course Management (OGSA) Conference & Trade Show
Date: January 18 - 20, 2012
Location: Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON
Credits: 9.5 IPM CEC’s (Jan 18 - 5.0 CEC, Jan 19 - 3.5 CEC, Jan 20 - 1.0 CEC – see session details)
Click here for conference details and to register

 

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