History of the Imported Fire Ant and Invasive Pest Ant Conference

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This conference is attended by researchers, teachers, extension agents and specialists, industry personnel, and regulatory personnel.  The purpose of the conference is to exchange information on the biology and management of imported fire ants and other invasive ant species.  The first Imported Fire Ant Conference was held in 1963 (Lofgren 1987).   Proceedings of the conference are available for most of the conferences held since 1984.  The conference venue traditionally rotates among states in the imported fire ant infested area.

Table 1.  Dates and Locations of the Annual Imported Fire Ant and Invasive Ant Pest Conferences.

Year

Dates

Location

1963

Oct

Gulfport, MS

1965

Feb

Gulfport, MS

1965

Nov

Starkville, MS

1967

March

Biloxi, MS

1968

March

Biloxi, MS

1969

March

New Orleans, LA

1970

April

Gainesville, FL

1971

March

Gulfport, MS

1972

March

Athens, GA

1973

March

New Orleans, LA

1974

March

Brownsville, TX

1975

March

Gainesville, FL

1976

March

Gulfport, MS

1977

March

College Station, TX

1978

April

Raleigh, NC

1979

May

Baton Rouge, LA

1980

March

Gainesville, FL

1981

March

Biloxi, MS

1982

March

Austin, TX

1983

March

Starkville, MS

1984

March 27-28

Gainesville, FL

1985

 

Puerto Rico

1986

April 3-4

Austin, TX

1987

April 15-16

Baton Rouge, LA

1988

May 4-5

Athens, GA

1989

April 18-19

Biloxi, MS

1990

April 2-3

College Station, TX

1991

March 19-20

Atlanta, GA

1992

April 20-24

San Juan, PR

1993

June 15-18

Charleston, SC

1994

May 9-11

Mobile, AL

1995

May 2-4

San Antonio, TX

1996

April 16-18

New Orleans, LA

1997

April 14-16

Gainesville, FL

1998

April 6-8

Hot Springs, AR

1999

March 3-5

Charleston, SC

2000

April 5-7

Chattanooga, TN

2001

Feb. 28-March 2

San Antonio, TX

2002

March 24-26

Athens, GA

2003

March 30-April 1

Palm Springs, CA

2004

March 21-23

Baton Rouge, LA

2005

March 22-24

Gulfport, MS

2006

March 28-30

Mobile, AL

2007

April 23-25

Gainesville, FL

2008

March 24-26

Charleston, SC

2009

April 6-9

Oklahoma City, OK

2010

April 19-22

Little Rock, AR

2011

April 4-7

Galveston, TX

2012

April 16-18

Nashville, TN

2013

April 8-11

Virginia Beach, VA

2014

May 5-8

Palm Springs, CA

2015

April 6-8

New Orleans, LA

2016

May 22-25

Albuquerque, NM

2017

May 16-18

Mobile, AL

 

References Cited:

Lofgren, C. S.  1987.  A quarter century of imported fire ant research meetings, pp. 1-6 in M. E. Mispagel (Ed.), Proceedings of the 1987 Annual Imported Fire Ant Conference, Baton Rouge, LA.

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