Joint Winter Meeting

A Cooperative effort by NHLA, NHPGA, and UNH Cooperative Extension

January 16, 2019
Grappone Center, Concord, NH
8:00 am to 3:30 pm

Online registration  /  Brochure PDF

Vendor information and registration

Directions to the Marriott Grappone Center


Registration, Refreshments, Visit Vendor Booths
A chance to network and dsicuss current issues

Hiring and Working with Millenials (Webster Room) – Jonathan Ebba with UNH Horticulture students

Potential NHLA/NHPGA Merger (Pierce Room) – Linda Zukas

Meet and Greet with Commissioner of Agriculture Shawn Jasper (Ballroom)

9:30-9:45 Welcome and Announcements
9:45-10:00 Introductory Remarks
Shawn Jasper, Commissioner of Agriculture, NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food

New Hamsphire Workforce: Outlook and Opportunities
Pam Szacik, Director of Employment Service Bureau of New Hampshire Employment Security – In addition to the labor outlook in NH, Pam will discuss new state initiatives that may help our industry in finding and retaining new sources of labor, including Medicaid, opioid recovery and mature citizens.

11:00-12:00 *What's On the Shelf?
Dr. Cheryl Smith, Plant Health Specialist, UNH - Cheryl will provide an update on new pests/diseases of concern, and new products for nurseries, greenhouses, garden centers and landscapes.
12:00-1:15 Lunch Buffet and Announcements; Visit Vendors



Improving Labor and Production Efficiency in the Green Industry
Gerson 'Gary' Cortes, FlowVision, LLC – Many in the green industry are looking for ways to improve their profitability. Many growers, garden centers, and landscapers of all sizes have turned to Lean Flow techniques to increase profitability, through improved productivity, increased payload, and improved quality.

CONCURRENT B (Webster/Pierce Room)

Dealing with Nuisance Wildlife
Carrie Stengel, NH Department of Wildlife Services – Squirrels, chipmunks and deer, oh my! Wildlife can be disruptive in many facets of the green industry. Join Carrie as she describes best management practices for nuisance wildlife in the landscape, nurseries and garden centers.

2:15-2:30 Break: Visit Vendor Booths


*Ticks, Lyme Disease and Other Bad News
Dr. Abigail Mathewson, Public Health Program Manager for NH Department of Health and Human Services – How can you protect yourself when you're out there in the world full of ticks?! Dr. Mathewson will cover basic vector biology/life cycle information, discuss the risk of tick-borne diseases, and explain the best prevention methods.

CONCURRENT B (Webster/Pierce Room)

Panel Discussion: Business Success Over the Years
George Pellitieri, Owner, Pellitieri Associates; Robbi Woodburn, ASLA, Principle, Woodburn & Company Landscape Architects, LLC; Suzanne Maze, Owner, Black Forest Nursery; Rick Simpson, Owner, Rolling Green Nursery. Join us for this panel of successful industry leaders who will share with us the stories behind their business successes and offer key pointers for aspiring landscape professionals.


*One Pesticide Credit will be awarded for each of the talks indicated, pending State approval. Be sure to sign the registration sheet at the beginningand pick up your certificate at the end of the session.

2 NHCLP Credits awarded for attending Conference.

Registration Details

Pre-Registration Deadline: January 7. No refunds after this date.

Cost: $65.00 per person if paid in full by January 7, 2019. Price includes lunch.
After the 7th and at the door the cost will be $80 per person.
Walk ins are accepted on a space-available basis and and lunch is not guaranteed.
Note: a reservation made is a reservation guaranteed. No shows will be billed. Thank you for your understanding.

RSVP by January 7, 2019
Online registration

Please use this form to reserve exhibit space and for registration. Questions about vendor displays and arrangements should be directed to Jon Batson,

For any questions or special arrangements not limited to dietary, physical access, or other accommodations, including the ability to pay, please contact Cathy Neal at Ten working days are needed to facilitate special needs requests.

This program is a collaborative effort among the
NH Landscape Association, NH Plant Growers Association,
and UNH Extension.

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

University of New Hampshire, U.S. Department of Agriculture and N.H. counties cooperating.