The National Roadside Vegetation Management Association (NRVMA) 2018 Annual Conference will be held in Chattanooga, TN., September 11-13. The conference will be held at the Marriott Chattanooga Downtown and Chattanooga Convention Center. The conference room rate is $103.00, plus tax. Parking is at a discount rate of $7.00 per 24 hours. Public parking around the hotel is very limited and expensive.

Our Planning Committee has put together and outstanding program this year. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear the latest topics, presented by some of the top speakers throughout the country.
Our Roadside Managers will be able to take valuable educational information back to their workplace and share with their personnel who deal with roadside issues on a daily basis. Our Exhibitors will provide you with the latest in technology and education for various types of roadside issues. There will also be a live equipment demonstration on Tuesday morning, September 11, at a Tennessee Maintenance facility. Please meet in the lobby of the Convention Center at 7:30 AM.

35 Years and Counting...

Celebrating our 35th Anniversary, this is a perfect time to recognize and honor the life of our Founder, Turney J. Hernandez, who passed away on January 1,2018 We will reflect on Turney’s vision and how it has evolved over these 35 years. Several of Turney’s family members will be present at the Awards Ceremony.

We will also recognize past and present recipients of the TURNEY J.HERANDEZ, AWARD OF EXCELLENCE for 2018. Congratulations to the following 2018 winners.

Mark Massey
Limestone County, Alabama
Randy Rankin
Alabama Dept. of Transportation
Daniel Rodgers
Mississippi Dept. of Transportation
Erica Swenson
Texas Dept. of Transportation
Chuck Wills
Missouri Dept,of Transportation

Marriott Chattanooga

Officers and Executive Board


John Reynolds, Executive Director

Howard Peavey, President
Alabama Dept.of Transportation

Doug Wood, Vice President
Bayer VM

Dr. John Byrd, Treasurer
Mississippi State University

Loren Eppler, Past President
DBI Services, LLC

Executive Board

Brandon Dunlap

Amanda Fowler
Texas Dept. of Transportation

David Harris
North Carolina Dept. of Transportation

Dr. Dennis Martin
Oklahoma State University

Mike Smith
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet


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Monday Sept 10 2018
9:00 - 4:00 PM Administrative Set up at Convention Center
10:00 - 5:00 PM Set up Demonstration Area

Tuesday Sept 11 2018

Those wishing to attend the equipment demonstration please meet in front of the registration desk at 7am for coffee and danish, and to pick up your badge and directions.

8:00 - 10:30 AM Field Equipment Demonstration
9:00 AM Registration Begins
10:00 - 4:00 PM Exhibitor Set up
11:00 - Noon Opening Luncheon: Sponsored by all of our Loyal Sponsors
12:30 - 1:15 PM Organic Arsenical Task Force Update:
Charles Grizzle, The Grizzle Company
1:15 - 2:00 PM Drift Reduction Technology Update: Jeff Herndon, EPA
2:00 - 2:30 PM Break: Sponsored by Applewood Seed Company
2:30 - 3:15 PM Weather Patterns / Drift Management: Pam Knox, University of Georgia, Athens
3:15 - 4:00 PM Pattern Testing Large Droplet ROW: Application Heads: Dr. John Byrd, Mississippi State University
4:00 - 5:00 PM Industry Updates
5:00 - 7:00 PM Reception with Exhibitors: Sponsored by NaturChem

Wednesday Sept 12 2018

7:00 - 7:30 AM Registration Opens Prior to Awards Breakfast
7:30 - 9:15 AM Turney J. Hernandez Awards Breakfast: Sponsored by Bayer VM
9:00 – 5:30 PM Registration Re–Opens
9:15 - 10:15 AM Break with Exhibitors: Sponsored by Roadsice, Inc.
10:15- 11:00 AM Update on Federal Weed Management Regulatory Policies: Dr. Lee Van Wychen, Director of Weed Science Society of America
11:15 - 1:00 PM Buffet Lunch in Exhibit Hall: Sponsored by DBI Services, LLC
1:15 - 2:00 PM Mosquitos and Ticks, I’m Sick. Oh My! Dr. Fudd Graham, Auburn University
2:00 - 3:00 PM Break with Exhibitors: Sponsored by Corteva
3:00 - 3:45 PM Opportunities and Challenges in Managing ROW’s for Improved Monarch Butterfly Habitat: Dr. Dennis Martin, Oklahoma State University
3:45 - 4:30 PM Getting the Job Done Correctly and Safely: Dr. Fred Whitford, Purdue University
5:00 - 7:00 PM Reception: Sponsored by Corteva

Thursday Sept 12 2018

7:30 - 8.30 AM Coffee and Danish with Exhibitors
8:30 - 9:15 AM Mixing Chemicals: Is There a Right Order? Dr. Fred Whitford, Purdue University
9:15 - 10:15 AM Break with Exhibitors: Sponsored by Bayer VM
(Exhibitors may break down)
10:15 - 11:00 AM Glyphosate: The Most Widely Used Herbicide in the U.S. Is it Safe? Dr. Scott Sensemen, University of TN
11:00 - 11:45 AM Out of the Tank and on the Roadside: What Happens to Herbicides on the ROW’s? Dr. Thomas C. Mueller, University of TN
11:45 - 12:30 PM Topic Recap (clicker event), Dr. Fudd Graham, Auburn University
12:30 - 1:00 PM Business Meeting

Close of Conference
Thank you for attending!

2018 Agenda

Register Now for the NRVMA Conference

Click Here to register as an attendee (pdf download)

Hotel Details

The deadline for the conference rate at the Marriott is August 19th. Be sure to make your reservations on or prior to this date.

Book your group rate for National Roadside Vegetation Management Association 2018

To make a room reservation use the link above or call Reservations at this number, 1-800-841-1674. Tell them you want to make reservations for the National Roadside Vegetation Management Association Conference September 11-13. If you have any problems contact me at 205-491-7574 or jreynoldsnrvma@charter.net .

Bayer is an inventor company with a long tradition of research. By applying science to the major global challenges, we deliver innovations that address unmet customer and market needs. Our focus on innovation is the key to maintaining or gaining a leading position in every market in which we operate. The success of our Environmental Science business is based on highly innovative products and services and our recognized expertise in the Environmental Science market. This success is built on highly effective Crop Protection active ingredients developed to meet the specific needs of the customers of non-agricultural pest control markets. Innovations offering convenience, safe use and easy application are key to future growth.

At Bayer, our innovative, science-based solutions were designed to keep lines of sight clear and reduce hazards along highways and other roadways. Our diverse portfolio of solutions for weed and brush control – including Method®, Esplanade® and Derigo® – offers the proven efficacy roadside vegetation managers demand and contributes to the safety and security customers expect. Go ahead, set the standard. We’re right there with you.

For more information, please visit BayerVM.com.

Dow AgroSciences has been a trusted resource for more than 50 years.
When it comes to the composition of chemicals, there’s more to a product than just the active ingredient. Dow AgroSciences understands it takes more than just excellent products to be successful. We pursue innovative solutions using sound science and the latest technology to meet the needs of our customers and the demands of the industry. With Dow AgroSciences, vegetation managers and applicators get access to much more than just effective products — they get a partner with an arsenal of experienced specialists.


Corteva AgriScience

DBI Services
DBi Services offers a breadth of maintenance services to a variety of infrastructure owners that is unmatched in the industry. Our customers include government
agencies, railroads, utilities, retail stores, industrial plants, oil & gas companies, homeowners' associations and private individuals - essentially any organization or
individual who has a physical infrastructure requiring regular maintenance. Over our 35+ year history, DBi Services has become one of the largest infrastructure maintenance firms in the world, with customers on multiple continents. Customers drive our business philosophy - we work hard, communicate openly and honestly, have a clear vision, commit to do what we say and have some fun in the process. This philosophy helped DBi Services to achieve our leadership position and enables us to accomplish your goals today and throughout the 21st century.


Since 1987 NaturChem, Inc. has been a leader in providing vegetation management services bringing the latest technology and chemistry to a wide array of markets. We service the governmental, municipal, industrial, and private market segments. A professional application company, our services control vegetation on plant sites, rail ballast and yards, substations, graveled storage yards, tank farms, ditches, canals, lift stations, pipelines, rights-of-way, timber tracts, stormwater, turf management, and communication installations. As our motto states, we are committed to… Using Chemistry in Harmony with Nature.

For any other company details or requests, please contact: Natalie Cobb, 803-957-8989 x3031 ncobb@naturchem.net


Applewood Seed Applewood Seed Company, in business since 1965, is a leading wildflower and garden flower seed producer. They are able to supply high quality seed by maintaining excellent production standards and having their own seed testing facility and test gardens. They specialize in open-pollinated flower seeds of single species as well as seed mixes for a variety of geographic regions and special applications. Their seeds have been purchased by roadside managers for over 25 years. Additionally, their staff is dedicated to pollinator conservation and are involved in research and education for pollinator issues. Products include many regionally appropriate pollinator flower mixtures.

Applewood Seed Company 5380 Vivian Street Arvada, CO 80002
Website: www.applewoodseed.com
Email: sales@applewoodseed.com Phone: (303)431-7333

Roadside, Inc Roadside Inc is the premier provider of vegetation management equipment to right of way vegetation management industry. Through advancements in technology, we can provide our customers with tools and software that make the application of herbicides safer, easier, and more accurate than ever before. Never being satisfied with the status quo, we are constantly looking for new methods and innovative techniques to improve our skill set so that we may provide a better service for our customers. Our entire team is has dedicated itself that principle. With that principle our customers not only get a service provider, they get a powerful vegetation management partner.

Roadside Inc. 2038 Lee Road 137 Auburn, AL 36832
Office 334-887-1373
Fax 334-821-3533

Register Now to Exhibit
at the NRVMA Conference

Everybody who is is anybody will be in Chattanooga between September 11th and 13th - will your business be there?

Click Here to register as an exhibitor (pdf download)

Planned Exhibitor Booth Layout

Exhibitor Booth Layout
1. NaturChem, Inc
2. NaturChem,Inc
3. Truax Compnay, Inc.
4. Applewood Seed Company
7. Nutrien Solutions
9. AutoMax
10. AutoMax
11. Red River Specialties
12. Free Draining Seal
14. ChemPro Services, Inc
16. DETCO Industries, Inc.
18. CortevaAgriscience
20. Roundstone Native Seed,LLC
21. Organic Arsenical Products Task Force (OAPTF)
22. NuFarm
23. Helena Agrisciences, LLC
29. Garrco Products, Inc
30. Roadside Inc.
31. CortevaAgriscience
32. Alamo Industrial


The 35th Annual NRVMA Conference is being held at the Chattanooga Marriott Downtown, Two Carter Plaza, Chattanooga TN 37402, Tel: 423-756-0002

Contact Us

If there are any questions or comments you would like to make, please do contact using the form below, or call us on 205-491-7574 (fax 205-491-2725)