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


Howard Peavey, President
Alabama Dept.of Transportation

Doug Wood, Vice President
Bayer VM

Dr. John Byrd, Treasurer
Mississippi State University

John Reynolds, Executive Director

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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Click here for more details on the speakers (pdf)

Please note: Those wishing to attend the equipment demonstration on Tuesday 11th please meet in front of the registration desk at 7am for coffee and danish, and to pick up your badge and directions.

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: Sponsor TBA
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 NRVMA

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 DeAngelo Brothers, LLC
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: Sponsor TBA
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: Sponsor TBA
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 Dow AgroSciences

Thursday Sept 12 2018

7:30 - 1:00 PM Registration Open
8:00 - 8:45 AM Mixing Chemicals: Is There a Right Order? Dr. Fred Whitford, Purdue University
8:45 - 9:45 AM Break with Exhibitors: Sponsor TBA
(Exhibitors may break down)
9:45 - 10:30 AM Glyphosate: The Most Widely Used Herbicide in the U.S. Is it Safe? Dr. Scott Sensemen, University of TN
10:30 - 11:15 AM Out of the Tank and on the Roadside: What Happens to Herbicides on the ROW’s? Dr. Thomas C. Mueller, University of TN
11:15 - 11:45 AM Break: Sponsor TBA
11:45 - 12:30 PM Topic Recap (clicker event): Dr. Fudd Graham, Auburn University
12:30 - 1:00 PM Business Meeting
1:00 - 2:00 PM Lunch (on your own)
2:00 - 5:00 PM Board / Planning Committee Meeting for 2019 Conference

2018 Agenda

Register Now for the NRVMA Conference

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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 .

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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.

NaturChem is a leader in the vegetation management industry, bringing the latest technology and chemistry to a wide array of markets. We serve the electric, railroad, telephone, chemical, manufacturing, forestry and many other commercial market segments. Our services are also provided to all levels of government including Federal, State, County and Municipal entities. The services provided by NaturChem enable our customers to operate more cost effectively, keep their employees and the public safe, and comply with local, state and Federal regulations. We believe NaturChem provides the very highest quality service in the industry while providing a uniquely broad base of services.

Applewood Seed
Roadside, Inc

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?

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Planned Exhibitor Booth Layout

Exhibitor Booth Layout


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

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