Tickets Available for Today's MoGIA 2017 Conference Speakers-Only Sessions

Southeast faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the speakers-only sessions of the Missouri Green Industry Alliance's (MoGIA) 2017 Summer Professional Conference today, June 21 in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center at Southeast’s River Campus. The conference is hosted by Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Agriculture, Charles Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse and the Charles Nemanick Alternative Agriculture Garden. Tickets are $10 at the door, and allow admittance to the speaker's programs and sponsor/vendor tables from 8 a.m to 12:30 p.m. Heather Holm Holm’s keynote presentation titled “The Native Pollinator – Native Plant Connection” is scheduled at 9:45 a.m. today, June 21. Holm is a biologist, landscape designer and consultant specializing in native plant landscapes and landscape restorations. She is the author of “Pollinators of Native Plants” and her recently published book “Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide.” In additional to taking part in native bee research projects, Holm informs and educates audiences in the Midwest and Northeast through her writing and many presentations about the fascinating world of native bees and the native plants that support them. Guy Sternberg Sternberg will give presentations titled “Chinkapin Oak: Our Most Versatile Oak and its Friends” at 8:45 a.m. today, June 21, and “Believe In Miracles: Maclura Pomifera” at 11:15 a.m. June 21. Sternberg served on the staff of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for 32 years and currently is the owner and manager of Starhill Forest Arboretum which holds the most extensive oak genus (Quercus) living reference collection in North America. He has worked with the National Famous and Historic Tree Program to promote awareness and appreciation of special historic trees and is the tree consultant and propagator for Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois, the setting of Abraham Lincoln’s tomb. He is the principal author of the reference books “Landscaping with Native Trees” and “Native Trees for North American Landscapes.” Sternberg is a tree consultant, writer, lecturer and photographer. He and his wife, Edie, have propagated and grown thousands of species of trees, both native and non-native, at Starhill Forest. He was the first president of the International Oak Society and is a life member of the International Dendrology Society, International Society of Arboriculture and American Forest.