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Bamboo Conference Set for Farmingdale State

Conference to address mounting concern over spread of the species to unwanted areas.

Farmingdale State College will host a conference next month to address the mounting concern over bamboo growth on Long Island. 

The conference, entitled "Bamboo – Every Plant Has Its Rightful Place," is being held in cooperation with other northeast-based “Green Industry” partners, will be held Oct. 19 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Little Theater in Roosevelt Hall.

Planting of bamboo, and its use in designed landscapes, is a controversial topic on Long Island and elsewhere in the Northeast.  Many “running” bamboo species spread into unwanted areas, often resulting in disputes between property owners, college officials said. 

At least eight Long Island municipalities have banned the planting of bamboo, and other communities are proposing bans. 

The conference brings together academics, horticulturists, growers, designers and practitioners, politicians and dignitaries to discuss this issue. The conclusion will examine legislation that has been enacted and/or proposed within Long Island communities that indiscriminately ban all bamboo from being planted. 

Admission to the full-day conference ranges from $25-65 with a discount for students.  Professional CEU credits are offered. 

The afternoon panel, which will provide an update on legislation within Long Island communities, is free and open to all beginning at 3:15 pm.

This conference is sponsored by Farmingdale’s Department of Ornamental Horticulture, the American Bamboo Society (ABS), LI Nursery and Landscape Association (LINLA) and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County.

For further information, contact Michael Veracka, Assistant Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ornamental Horticulture at Farmingdale State College, (631) 420-2113 or michael.veracka@farmingdale.edu.

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