2017 OPDMC Meeting – 3rd Announcement

Hi Everyone:

You should receive this message twice today; first from mcgheeps@gmail.com and second from executivedirector@opdmc.org. Gmail limits communications to 100 messages/send and 400/day. OPDMC currently has 400+ members.  Our new domain allows 400 messages/send and 9600 messages/day.  In an effort to streamline communications we will switch announcement communications to executivedirector@opdmc.org if all is successful. I need to determine if the execdir@opdmc account gets blocked or sent to SPAM by your server. Please respond to mcgheeps@gmail.com ONLY IF YOU DO NOT receive the duplicate email from executivedirector@opdmc.org.  Thank you.


The Orchard Pest and Disease Management Conference web site is active. You can access it with this link:


Many thanks to Chris Sater and WSU for getting us up and running!

I. Dates to remember for the upcoming 2017 OPDMC meeting

A. Meeting Times and Dates:

9:00 AM, Wednesday, January 11, 2017 to 12:00 Noon, Friday, January 13, 2017

B. Hilton Hotel Reservations Due:

Thursday, December 15, 2016

You can link to the Hilton hotel:


There are rooms available with either a King or 2 Double Beds for the price of $129.00.

****Please note: You will be given a code at check-in to get free Wi-Fi in your room.****

We will again work with the Paramount hotel across the street for overflow rooms. More information in the next announcement.

C. Titles and Abstracts due by Thursday, December 1, 2016

Please get titles and abstracts in soon so that we may apply for pesticide recertification credits!

**The old site archiving 52 years OPDMC abstracts is still online at:  http://www.tfrec.wsu.edu/pages/wopdmc/

We will be transitioning away from this site in the next few months.  All materials will be transferred to a permanent home at the new site in 2017.

II. Registration (via PayPal)

You can register via our web site: http://opdmc.org/home/#registration

Once you have selected the option of either  “Registration Only $50” or “Registration + Abstracts $60”, you will be taken to “Your Shopping Cart”. You can pay either with a PayPal account or a credit card.  If you want to pay with a credit card, then choose the “Check Out” button. You will then see your order summary (see below). You will still be presented with the option of paying with a PayPal account. If you want to pay with a credit card, then select “Don’t have a PayPal Account” (see below).


III. Keynote Speaker for 2017 OPDMC Meeting – Title to Be Announced

Dr. James R. Miller
Department Entomology
Michigan State University

james-millerMichigan State University Entomology professor James R. Miller was recently elected a 2015 Fellow of the Entomological Society of America for his pioneering research in insect physiology, chemical ecology and behavior that has significantly enhanced insect detection and management.  Among his research accomplishments, Miller and collaborators introduced the field of chemical ecology to the internal standard method for accurately quantifying tiny amounts of natural products; made the wind-tunnel accessible to all as the recommended method for quantifying insect orientational behaviors; produced a classic series of papers on onion fly-onion interactions establishing that resource acceptance is strongly influenced by visual and physical cues in addition to chemicals; originated the rolling-fulcrum model of animal decision making and the push-pull tactic of pest management. Over the past 15 yrs, Miller has focused considerable attention into elucidating the behavioral and physiological mechanisms underlying insect mating disruption using sex attractant pheromones with the aim of increasing efficacy while lowering the costs of this pest management tactic.  Recently, Miller and colleagues published a book toward better pest monitoring. These findings, likely to elevate insect pest management to a new level of precision and efficiency, have been assembled into a book, “Trapping of Small Organisms Moving Randomly – Principles and Applications to Pest Monitoring and Management” by Springer Publishers.

IV. Etcetera

***One very important item. We voted at last years meeting to shorten the meeting to Wed – Thursday.  We  contract with Hilton in 3 year terms to obtain the lowest conference room rates.  The current contract runs through 2018 and we are obligated to room rentals Tuesday, Wednesday, AND Thursday evenings. Due to this oversight during last years vote we WILL continue with the old schedule for at least 2 more years until we negotiate a new Hotel contract or discuss if alterations are possible for the 2018 meeting at this years conference.  I apologize for the confusion.

Personalized Nametags: PayPal registration does not allow us to capture attendees names if these are different from the credit card holder.  i.e., someone else used their credit card to register for you. This often happens with college students or corporations.  Please email your PayPal receipt and a list of registrant names to wopdmc@wsu.edu if you would like pre-printed name tags.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone for a great meeting in 2017.


Peter McGhee