Hello MidSouth APMS members! 2017 was an interesting and exciting year with multiple hurricanes impacting the MidSouth region, exotic/invasive species continuing to spread and rumors of change in government of “Making Aquatic Plant Management Great Again”. In all seriousness, problematic plants and algae continue to plague our water resources and the members of this Society do a great job to combat these nuisances to provide excellent recreational opportunities as well as clean sources of water. As a member of this Society, please don’t hesitate to share what you deal with or are having problems with in your job. Someone has probably dealt with it or could provide a suggestion or solution with the vast knowledge and experience our membership holds.

Another successful Midsouth Annual Training Conference is in the books! The conference held in Birmingham, Alabama, originally scheduled for the week of September 11th was postponed due to Hurricane Irma. However, with a diligent Board of Director’s, very willing sponsors, exhibitors and presenters and an AWESOME meeting planner (drum roll . . . Mr. Bill Torres) the meeting was rescheduled for the week of November 6th and turned out GREAT! I personally want to Thank all of the sponsors, exhibitors, presenters and attendees for your participation and continued support of the Midsouth APMS. Without all of you the MidSouth APMS would not be what it is today.

With feedback from YOU, the next training conference location and date has already been chosen so mark your 2018 calendar for November 5th-7th to be in Chattanooga, Tennessee at the Embassy Suites – Chattanooga Hamilton Place. This time of year seemed to work better for many of our members with less conflict with those pesky “work” duties. The Society is always looking for willing volunteers to participate on the Board of Directors and committees. If you’ve thought about getting on the Board, please get with a current Board member and they can share their experience and insure your name is on the ballot for 2019.

Congratulations to our student scholarship winner, Eryn Molloy, from North Carolina State University. She will be giving a presentation on her research at next year’s conference. Student participation at our annual conference is one of the Society’s primary objectives, so please let students know about us and ask them to participate. The Society provides a small award for presenting and travel stipends are available.

In closing, I Thank You for allowing me to the President of such a great Society. I’m excited for what 2018 will bring. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please direct them to Scott Jackson (scott.jackson@syngenta.com) and he will be happy to take care of them . . .

I look forward to seeing everyone in 2018!!

Jeremy Slade

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