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David Headrick to Discuss Pest Management at WiVi Central Coast

Posted on March 14, 2013

There are all types of pests that plague the vineyards. Bug pests generally get most of the attention but there are other members of the animal kingdom that also need to be addressed in a good pest management program. David Headrick, assistant professor in the Horticulture and Crop Science Department at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo will address gopher, squirrel and bird pest management issues in "Exploring the Wild Kingdom: Effective Pest Management Programs," a viticulture breakout session on Wednesday, March 20 at WiVi Central Coast. Headrick will join Judit Monis of Eurofins STA Laboratories and Walt Bentley of the University of California Cooperative Extension in the discussion. Seminar tickets are available for advance purchase at

David Headrick received his doctorate from the University of California, Riverside where he studied biological control of weeds and became a specialist in tephritid fruit fly ecology and behavior. His research on this agriculturally important group has resulted in more than 70 published articles, book chapters and technical reports. He is co-author of A Dictionary of Entomology, published by CAB International, now in its second edition.

Headrick gained practical experience in biological control working as a post-doctoral research associate at U.C. Riverside and continues this research at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. He has traveled extensively, studying invasive pests and their natural enemies, and successfully imported several species of beneficial predators into California to aid several major agriculture industries in invasive pest management.

Headrick has taught Vertebrate Pest Management for more than 12 years, overseeing undergraduate research on the topic and working with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation on the knowledge and expectations for the Pest Control Advisor’s License Exam.

About WiVi Central Coast 2013

California's Central Coast is quickly becoming one of the world's most popular and celebrated wine regions. Since December 2009, 95 new wineries popped up in the Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz counties. In 2012, nearly 7 million cases of wine were produced in the region. This burgeoning area faces many unique issues in its wine-growing and winemaking efforts, and WiVi Central Coast 2013, a new symposium and trade show hosted by Wine Business Monthly and Precision Ag Consulting, has been created to address those topics.

WiVi will be held March 19-20, 2013 at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California. It is the only trade show and symposium to address the issues facing the Central Coast wine industry, one of the fastest growing regions in the country. For more information, visit

Region: Central Coast

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