On July 15th and 16th, our department hosted the First Annual Buprestid/ Cerambycid Training Workshop for insect surveyors (such as CAPS and USDA) to help them perform their work more efficiently and effectively. Twenty-three trainees from as far away as California and Oregon learned better trapping techniques and were given identification keys and information. Funded by the Farm Bill, the workshop will move around the country, being offered in a different state each year so that all who are interested in learning more about these wood borers have the opportunity to attend. The 2016 training will be in Florida.
Key organizers for the workshop were Gino Nearns, PERC Collections Manager and Bobby Brown, USDA-APHIS Insect Identifier. When asked to pull together this workshop, they planned the entire event, including the venue, agenda and training materials. Larry Bledsoe, current Indiana CAPS Survey Coordinator, also attended this workshop.