JCCC 5th Annual Horticultural Sciences Day


Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
Hudson Auditorium

7-8:40 a.m. (Breakfast – Atrium, booth setup RC 101)

All lectures will be in Hudson Auditorium,
Nerman Museum.

There is no registration fee for the general public, JCCC faculty, staff and students to attend lectures on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. However, online registration is highly encouraged. If you wish to order lunch ($15/person), you may do so when you register for the conference.

All businesses, government agencies and Kansas State University will set up booths in RC 101.

Note: Please do not bring food or beverage into Hudson Auditorium; it is not allowed.

9-9:10 a.m.  Welcome Address
Dr. Joe Sopcich, president JCCC
9:10-9:25 a.m. Industry Overview
Dalton Hermes, CEO Hermes Landscaping and Nursery Inc.
9:30-10:20 a.m. 21st-Century Horticulture: Innovations, Trends and Challenges
Dennis Patton, Johnson County K-State Research and Extension, horticulture agent

Kansas State University has identified grand challenges for the future of our state, country and world – growing population, a supply of fresh water, a healthy population, strong communities and developing tomorrow’s leaders. Where does horticulture, especially ornamental horticulture, fit into the future based on these issues? Does it have a place? How must we reposition ourselves to be a vital part? What changes do we need to make to remain relevant in society? These thoughts and more will be discussed about the growing future of horticulture.

10:25-10:40 a.m. K-State Olathe – Expanding Educational Opportunities and Boosting Economic Growth in Greater Kansas City
Dr. Prema Arasu, CEO and vice provost, Kansas State University Olathe
10:45-11:35 a.m. Forensic Entomology
Robert D. Hall, PhD, JD, associate vice chancellor, Office of Research, University of Missouri, Columbia

An issue frequently raised in death investigations is time-since-death. While forensic pathologists can use well-established signs, the precision of these erodes as putrefaction of the body occurs. Insects are a fundamental part of nature’s decay process and an understanding of the biology of necrophagous arthropods can provide useful information on how long an individual has been dead. Such data has been used forensically for many years and continues to be of interest in judicial circles.

11:40-11:50 a.m. Horticulture Scholarships Information
John Stewart, Johnson County Master Gardeners
11:50 a.m.-noon Suburban Overview
Matt Stueck, vice president, Suburban Lawn and Garden
Noon-1 p.m.  Lunch break
$15 a person, Capitol Federal Conference Room

Register for lunch

1-1:10 p.m. More Than Just a Job, Passion for Horticulture Can Lead to a Career
Ben Cecil, operations manager, Loma Vista Nursery
1:15-2 p.m. Waters of the United States: Then and the Proposed Rule
Dr. Eliodora Chamberlain, U.S. EPA Region 7, Watersheds, Wetlands, Stream Protection

Dr. Chamberlain will compare the similarities and differences between the Clean Water Act’s definition of “waters of the U.S.” and the new “waters of the U.S. proposed rule.”

2:10-3 p.m. Waterwise Gardening, Every Drop Matters!
aul Zammit, Nancy Eaton director of horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden, Canada

s we continue to experience changes in climate and seasonal fluctuations in rainfall, it is key to plan and plant a garden that is water wise. Join Paul as he explores how both plant selection and cultural practices can help to ensure the best use of this precious resource.

3-3:20 p.m.  Break
3:20-4 p.m.  Impact of Invasive Species on Horticultural Cropping Systems
Dr. Raymond Cloyd, professor of entomology, Kansas State University

Invasive species continually enter the U.S. every year. These invasive species, without their normal array of natural enemies, may directly and indirectly impact the ecology and dynamics of horticultural cropping systems by changing the flora and fauna, out-competing and/or displacing native species, and increasing the use of pesticides.

4:10-5 p.m. U.S. Import and Export of Plant Materials: Industry-Wide Trends and Challenges
Laney Campbell, national operations manager, Export Certification and Trade Program within USDA APHIS PPQ
5-6 p.m.  Trends in Integrated Weed Management
Scott S. Marsh, state weeds specialist, Plant Protection and Weed Control Program, Kansas Department of Agriculture

The use of multiple methods of control have been found to be more successful at controlling noxious and invasive weeds than relying on a single method. This presentation will cover various methods and how to use a multi-pronged approach for more effective weed control.


Carl D. Perkins Program Improvement Grants
Ball Horticultural Company
Johnson County Master Gardeners
JCCC’s College Now and Career Pathways
JCCC’s Marketing and Communications
Hermes Landscaping and Nursery
Kansas Studies Institute
Loma Vista
Ryan Lawn and Tree
Suburban Lawn and Garden

Important notes: 

There is a registration fee of $30 per booth for businesses to set up booths. Universities, colleges and government agencies are exempt from this fee.

All proceeds from the 2015 Horticultural Sciences Field Day will go to the JCCC Horticultural Sciences Scholarship fund. If you would like to create a scholarship with the name of your business,
email Lekha Sreedhar.

Contact Us

Phone: 913-469-3104
Campus Mailbox: 29
Location: CLB 241
Dean: Csilla Duneczky

For questions about:

Lekha Sreedhar, ext. 3763

Science Resource Center

Location: CLB 112A
Phone: 913-469-8500, ext. 2473
Coordinator: Suneetha Menon

Spring 2015

7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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No students will be admitted into the SRC without their current JCCC ID card. 

The SRC is closed when classes are not in session.

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