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Announcing the 2024 NEFC Meeting Line Up

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January 2, 2024

Announcing the 2024 Winter Seminar Series!

Sessions will be held (see specific dates below) from noon to 1:30. Pesticide credit(s) will be available for indicated sessions. Pre-registration is required.

Thursday January 25, 2024

Dr. John Cline, University of Guelph

“New Options for Chemical Thinning- Accede use in peach and Metimetron in peach and apple.”

Couldn't make the live zoom? No worries! You can see teh recording of Dr. Cline's talk here.

Wednesday January 31, 2024

Dr. Beatrice Amyotte, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

“Strawberry Breeding and Cultivar Update”

This session will provide an overview of recent progress from the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada strawberry breeding program located in Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada. Recent work in cultivar development and variety trials will be discussed with specific implications for variety selection in the Northeast. New breeding-related research objectives will also be presented, including the application of genetic markers to develop cultivars with improved disease resistance.

Use this link to register!

Wednesday February 7, 2024

Dr. Macarena Farcuh, University of Maryland

Kristen DeMarree, Donald DeMarree Fruit Farm Inc. Williamson, NY

“Use, Efficacy and Cost of Reflective Ground Cover in the Orchard”

More details coming soon!

Use this link to register!

Wednesday March 6, 2024

Dr. Jaime Piñero, University of Massachusetts, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

“Mass Trapping for Japanese Beetle Management”

Dr. Piñero is an entomologist at University of Massachusetts in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. His research seeks to develop behaviorally-based pest management tools such as attract-and-kill systems that are based on information from insect sensory ecology and behavior.

In this seminar, Dr. Piñero discusses efficacy and implementation of a mass trapping systems for managing Japanese beetle.

Use this link to register!

Wednesday March 13, 2024

Dr. Jessica McBride, University of Connecticut

Jessica McBride, PhD, is Director of Communications at UConn’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources where she oversees public and media relations, branding, social media, marketing, and other strategic activities to raise brand awareness and reputation.

“How to Effectively Engage With the Press”

Working with the media can be a great way for producers to raise awareness of important issues with a broad audience. Unfortunately media training isn’t typically part of business or crop production training. Learn the basics of working with journalists – from tips for a successful interview to becoming a go-to resource for journalists.

Andre Tougas, Tougas Family Farm and Chelcie Martin, Honey Pot Hill Orchard will share their experiences with the press from this year- what worked, what didn't and what they plan to do differntly next time.

Use this link to register!

Wednesday March 20, 2024

Dr. Kerik Cox, Ms. Līga Astra Kalniņa

“BioControl, Forecast Models and Apple Scab- Finding the Sweet Spot”

More details coming soon!

Use this link to register!