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Tuesday
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Description: Advances in SWD management practices to minimized fruit infestations

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Description: This project aims to dispel consumer misconceptions about farming and farm practices to restore confidence in our food systems.

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Description: Severe prebloom leaf removal dramatically affects the source-sink balance in grapevines, leading to a
reduction in fruit set. In this study, carried on for two consecutive years, the impact of defoliation at bloom was evaluated with the objective to assess the capacity of developing inflorescences to attract photosynthates from adjacent shoots subjected to varying source/sink manipulations. In Pinot noir trained to a bilateral cordon, untreated vines (UT-UT) were compared to a treatment where shoots on one-half of the vines were subjected to the removal of 10 basal leaves at bloom (UT-LR). Another set of vines underwent sink removal (inflorescences and shoot apex) at bloom on half of the shoots by hand thinning (TFR-UT). A final treatment consisted of removing 10 basal leaves on half of the shoots and removing sinks on the other half of the canopy (TFR-LR). Following treatment application, shoot leaf area retained was ~40% of the total in UT-LR and TFR-LR. UT-LR reduced the whole canopy leaf area available per inflorescence by ~44% when compared to UT-UT. TFR-LR did not affect this balance. In UT-LR, fruit set was significantly reduced (-36% as compared to UT-UT), whereas it was unaffected by TFR-LR and TFR-UT. Independent of treatments, fruit set in both seasons was correlated with whole-canopy leaf area per inflorescence at bloom and not with the single shoot leaf area retained after early leaf removal.

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Description: Steps to reduce postharvest spoilage in asparagus

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Description: controlling DM

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Description: Many retailers believe that pricing is the product of a formula. While it’s true that formulas can be a great place to start, they shouldn’t be the end. This session is designed to help professionals understand all the components of pricing, beginning with costs but going beyond formulas.

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09:00 AM
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Description: Growers will learn how to diagnose common plant problems by properly sampling for: insect and disease presence, ethylene damage, water quality, and leaf tissue analysis. Stop guessing this season and start confirming!

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09:20 AM
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Description: Alternative production systems that minimize labor needs, maintain productivity, and are economically viable.

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09:25 AM
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Description: An introduction to the Michigan Pollinator Initiative and services that are offered.

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09:30 AM
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Description: An overview of when, where, and how to apply for permits for managing wildlife in orchards.

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Description: Management of crown diseases in asparagus seedbeds

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Description: worker protection

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09:30 AM
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Description: A variety of marketing techniques are utilized to sell agriculture products. Whether you are at the grocery story engaging a consumer about gene editing or at the farmer’s market selling organic produce, it is important that we keep our integrity in-check and promote agriculture in a positive light. Develop techniques that allow you to more effectively communicate with consumers and alleviate their fear of our food systems.

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09:30 AM
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Description: Unlike most fruit production, wine grape cultivation is on the rise in Michigan, particularly in the Southwest and Norwest portions of the State. Finding the best locations to plant Vinifera grapes has typically been a completely field-based enterprise due to limited availability of precise data. Through a grant from the Michigan Horticulture Society, RS&GIS utilized expert knowledge in the industry, along with modern data and techniques, to create a precise Vinifera suitability dataset useful for grape production planning. This presentation will discuss data, scoring rubric, geospatial modeling techniques and results.

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09:40 AM
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Description: Transforming small farms into highly productive unites requires controlling production risks: climate, insect problems and market fluctuations. A new approach to blueberry production.

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10:00 AM
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Description: This presentation will show you how to identify the signs and symptoms of winter injury and the secondary pests and pathogens that are known to be common as a result in a variety of tree fruits grown in Michigan.

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Description: Pathology (sustainability and vine health)

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Description: Research on the influence of Nitrogen rate and timing on asparagus yield

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Description: meeting requirements of FSMS

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Description: Join Kari to learn about finding balance in the plant fight club of combo containers. Audience will explore the pros and cons of flower, herb, and veggie contemporary containers.

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10:00 AM
Location: Grand Gallery D
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Description: Join food safety and organic certifiers, buyers, and farmers for a panel discussing how to communicate your certifications, or lack thereof, with potential buyers.

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10:30 AM
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Description: An introduction to the parasitoid that attacks brown marmorated stink bugs and the work that has just begun to rear and release it for the long term suppression of this important new invasive pest of apples and peaches in Michigan.

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10:30 AM
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Description: Entomology (sustainability and vine health)

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Description: Research on the impact of delayed termination of rye cover crops on asparagus emergence date as well as differneces between varieties.

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10:30 AM
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Description: information on parthenocarpic pickle production

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01:30 PM
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Description: Knee injuries and arthritis are very painful and make it difficult for many growers and farmers to do their work. How can I check orchards and fix irrigation if I cannot walk well? How can I plant vegetables or pick produce if I cannot kneel? Learn how to improve knee health with physical therapy and about special tools and equipment accommodations and that can help get the job done in spite of knee pain. Attendees can receive free joint pain screenings from Davenport University occupational therapists at the AgrAbility booth to get personal advice about knee pain.

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02:00 PM
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Description: Modern food safety guidelines (FSMA, GAP, etc.) require growers to monitor and manage wildlife on the farm to prevent contamination of agricultural products. Wildlife also represent an economic risk to producers experiencing crop damage and loss. As with other pests, an integrated wildlife damage management strategy is most effective, but wildlife present a higher than normal level of management complexity as valued natural resources represented by passionate stakeholder groups. Attend our session to learn about resources available from MSU Extension to help growers mitigate wildlife damage on the farm.

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Description: This new disease is causing a stir in the field corn world. Learn what you need to know about tar spot here.

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Description: Viticulture (protecting fruit quality)

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Description: The utility of anaerobic soil disinfestation to suppress soilborne diseases and weeds in protected vegetable production systems is summarized.

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Description: Information on how different sanitizers impact the storage life of carrots after harvest

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Description: MSU faculty will share the latest on their findings from research projects supported by the Western Michigan Greenhouse and Metro Detroit Flower Growers Associations. Learn about how signs influence willingness-to-purchase, speeding up production time with LEDs, wood fiber substrates, increasing shelf life of annuals, nutritional monitoring of herbs, and the impact of the 2019 MSU Trial Gardens internship.

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Description: This presentation will discuss the characteristics and types of systemic insecticides that have been used and are currently available for use in horticultural cropping systems. The presentation will cover the targeted insect pests of systemic insecticides, and also address the issues associated with the direct and indirect effects (or supposed effects) of systemic insecticides on pollinators.

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02:10 PM
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Description: This session will provide a brief overview of the first year of produce farm inspections conducted under the Produce Safety Rule by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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02:30 PM
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Description: Pathology (sustainability, vine health and fruit quality)

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02:40 PM
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Description: Research on the efficacy of different in-row weeding tools for weed control and their impact on carrot stands.

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02:40 PM
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Description: This session will focus on how we have used online sales to boost produce sales at our retail farm market through special events that include option to pre-order produce online.

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03:00 PM
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Description: Learn the origin of corn and how it further developed into sweet corn. Also find out why you have to separate the various types so they don�t pollinate each other.

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Description: Entomology (sustainability and vine health)

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Description: Research on the types of aster yellows that are found infecting Michigan carrots, and which are assocaited with different symptoms including woody root tissue.

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Description: Four Michigan retailers collaborated with MSU researchers earlier this year by using eye-tracking to record the shopper’s journey. Results show how shoppers view plant displays and make product selections. Implications for improving store layout, displays, and the shopping experience will be discussed.

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03:00 PM
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Description: This session will highlight the latest solutions for flower/leaf blights and root rots of floriculture crops based on MSU research. Practical, ready-to-use recommendations will be provided.

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03:20 PM
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Description: Plasticulture can be used to capture the early market for many crops, including sweet corn. A grower panel will discuss their experiences and tips for producing sweet corn on plastic.

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Description: How to retrain merlot grapes following a cold temperature event

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Description: Report on trials looking at the ability of different cover crops to host plant parasitic nematodes and nematicide trials in carrots.

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Description: A case study on possible contamination from the nutrient solution at a hydroponic farm.

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05:00 PM
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Description: Come to this popular "town-hall-style" sessions to share ideas with your farm marketing and agritourism colleagues. We'll hear from you about what worked and what didn't this year, what to try next year, how you might conquer your customer, employee, and marketing challenges, and more. This session continues to grow every year so get there early. Session concludes promptly at 6:30pm.

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Wednesday
09:00 AM
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Description: Michael Marsh of the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) will provide a legislative update on labor issues

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Description: Working towards nutrient dense, biologically active plants with pest and disease resistance

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Description: What can you do on your farm to increase wild bee populations

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Description: Learn about the factors associated with bulb rot in onions and hear about the costs and benefits of using scouting and thresholds to make thrips control decisions, based on a pilot program with NY growers.

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Description: Refinement of peach cover spray programs for economical and enhanced efficacy of preharvest brown rot management programs.

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Description: This presentation will provide participants with the best practices to plan business social media marketing strategies. Participants will learn how to develop messages to attract current and new customers, as well as how to schedule and track the return of social media strategies.

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Description: The plant growth regulator (PGR) toolbox has a wide variety of products to inhibit extension growth of herbaceous ornamentals. Selection of the proper tool depends on your crop and your goals as well as your level of experience. Joyce will cover the basics of the PGRs in the toolbox and how to effectively use them to manage growth during crop production, with an emphasis on herbaceous perennials.

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09:20 AM
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Description: Hear how Washington State is addressing labor housing in cooperative way

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09:30 AM
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Description: How do changing the number of honey bee hives and using commercial pheromones impact pollination in highbush blueberry

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09:30 AM
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Description: Various control tactics and limits of the environment

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09:40 AM
Location: Grand Gallery Overlook G H
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Description: Characteristics of new peach variety releases from Rutgers

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09:40 AM
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Description: Managing Nitrogen fertility in onions

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09:50 AM
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Description: Is anthracnose becoming resistant to some fungicide chemistries

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Description: This presentation will address the controversial issue of using pesticides in conjunction with biological control agents, such as; parasitoids and predators. The presentation will discuss the direct and indirect effects of pesticides (insecticides, miticides, and fungicides) on specific biological control agents along with results from scientific studies conducted under laboratory and greenhouse conditions.

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10:00 AM
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Description: Successful greenhouse crops start with vigorous and healthy young plants. Learn how to properly handle unrooted cuttings from receipt until transplant to reduce losses and propagation time.

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10:05 AM
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Description: Importance of harvest timing and storage conditions to maintain good eating quality of peaches

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10:10 AM
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Description: Richard Raffaelli, COO of Peterson Farms will share how they are develping solutions to labor housing

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10:10 AM
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Description: Learn about the pathogens associated with bulb rot in Michigan onions and hear results of 2019 Stemphylium control trials.

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10:30 AM
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Description: Tips for proper irrigation, weed supression and spacing for hoophouse growing

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10:30 AM
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Description: We'll share how we are refocusing our 145 year old family farm to be sustainable into the future with a focus on direct sales of our diversified farm operation. Technology is being used more and more on our farm to help lower operating costs as we transitioned into vegetable production. We now use geothermal to run our walk in cooler, market display coolers and produce heat removal system. Geothermal heats our transplant greenhouse in the spring. Solar PV provides the majority of the electricity. Technology saves us money....and time...and attracts customers who like to see farms innovate and thrive.

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10:40 AM
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10:40 AM
Location: Grand Gallery CD
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Description: James Averill, Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will provide an update from the Michigan Agricultura Housing Task Force

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10:40 AM
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Description: Hear an update on herbicide research in onions.

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10:40 AM
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Description: Using genetic and genomic resources to develop new blueberry cultivars with improved fruit quality attributes

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10:45 AM
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Description: How peach varieties responded to the low temperature events in Michigan

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10:55 AM
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01:00 PM
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Description: Hear from a panel of diverse growers in MI on what MAEAP Verification has done for their operation.

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02:00 PM
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Description: Introductions and greetings from NCAE

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Description: Strategies for maximizing shelf life of celery

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Description: How do Michigan blueberry growers remain competitive in a global blueberry industry.

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02:00 PM
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Description: As technologies evolve and become more accessible, growers and retailers can use E-commerce (online sales) and E-marketing (online marketing campaigns) to boost sales, build new partnerships, and pursue up- and down-stream integration strategies. Dr. Torres will provide participants with key online marketing tools and applications to draw customers and increase sales.

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02:00 PM
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Description: The plant growth regulator (PGR) Toolbox includes products that can actually improve plant growth and habit. Joyce will cover her work on using PGRs to improve branching and growth management to produce high quality herbaceous perennial plants.

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Description: It is often observed the agricultural industry seems slow to adopt technology. ACRE was told on numerous occasions those with innovations did not ask those in the industry what was wanted, hence slow adoption.

ACRE AgTech is working to overcome this situation, we start our exploration for innovations by asking the ag community. ACRE will be introducing startup companies bringing new ideas to serve the agriculture industry in Michigan. The founders will be pitching their companies to agri-business leaders and investors during this session. All of these companies have innovations that can have a rapid impact and be adopted easily.

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02:05 PM
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Description: Liam Stein (Immigration Program Analyst) and John Rotterman (Supervisory Immigration Program Analyst) of the Office of Foreign Labor Certification will discuss Application processing trends and proposed rule changes.

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Description: Local populations of carrot weevil can cause major damage in celery and celeriac, learn about the biology of this pest and efficacy of insecticides for its control.

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Description: Update on management options for Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) in Michigan Blueberries

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Description: Research on machine harvesting technologies for fresh market blueberries in the Pacific Northwest.

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Description: Learn about investigations into pathogens assocaited with celery plant death.

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Description: When to water (or not) is one of the key ways to improve quality and reduce shrink. Your biggest challenge is finding a way to teach your team to make the correct watering decision. Will has developed some easy-to-implement techniques to help you train your team to improve their watering decision making.

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03:00 PM
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Description: Each year, hundreds of cultivars of flowering annuals and herbaceous perennials are trialed and displayed by participants of the Michigan Garden Plant Tour. Daedre will present the “best of the best” of the MSU Trial Garden in 2019. Heidi will present highlights from the other four tour sites: Four Star Greenhouse, Mast Young Plants, Raker-Roberta’s Young Plants, and Walters Gardens.

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03:05 PM
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Description: Farm labor contractors (FLCs) are third parties who can provide needed workers to agricultural operations. FLCs are federally licensed by the US Dept. of Labor. Ten states, including Wisconsin and California also require state licensing. Under the federal Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA) agricultural employers are considered joint employers with the FLC they contract. The California Farm Labor Contractor Association was created in 2009 to help California FLCs improve their best practices and understand and comply with changing regulatory requirements. CFLCA also provides advocacy and consulting services to their membership and the general industry.

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03:20 PM
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Description: Herbicide strategies for controlling weeds in blueberries

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03:20 PM
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Description: Agritourism is the intersection where agriculture and tourism meet; when a farm opens its doors to the public and invites visitors to enjoy their products and services.
Sometimes local government ordinances severely restrict these activities from occurring by enacting regulations regarding hours of operation, parking, building codes and in some cases, a strict prohibition of these activities on agriculturally zoned property.
In this session the following will be studied:
• Planning & Zoning
• What Right to Farm does & doesn’t do
• Sampling of state agritourism laws
• Model agritourism ordinances
• How to engage with local governments

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03:30 PM
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Description: Beautiful cut flowers bring customers in, long-lasting flowers keeps them coming back.� Learn the most important techniques for making your cut flowers last as long as possible.

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03:30 PM
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Description: Hear results from research screening different oilseed radish varieties for their ability to support plant parasitic nematodes that damage celery.

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03:30 PM
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Description: Different cover crop species and varieties serve different purposes. Dr. Kim Cassida from Michigan State University will be presenting results from cover crop variety tests, including biomass production, ground cover scores, weed control, winter survival, and ease of termination. This information can assist growers in making cover crop choices that best fit their production system.

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03:40 PM
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Description: Update on the recent activities of the Michigan Blueberry Commission

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Thursday
09:00 AM
Location: Grand Gallery Overlook C
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Description: Kickoff the chestnut session and provide outline

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Description: Understand equipment needs as well as knowledge of agronomic practices and markets.

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Description: All season intensive farming using high tunnels, greenhouses, equipment, less than 2 acres field production and an emphasis on farmer and employee quality of life.

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09:00 AM
Location: Grand Gallery Overlook B
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Description: This training will focus on the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development grant opportunities facilitated by the Agriculture Development Division for specialty crop projects. The presentation will cover a wide range of topics, highlighting the scope of successful grant projects, the grant cycle process, and provide attendees with opportunities to ask questions and engage with the MDARD grant programs.

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09:00 AM
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Description: Come and learn from the donut king, Andy Barret. He will share his broad knowledge base of donut mixes, what makes a high quality donut, trends in the donut business, and the most common problems that his customers run into.

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09:10 AM
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Description: How to establish the orchard and maintenance.

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09:30 AM
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Description: Dreams are dreamt, legacies are built and fighting ensues. Learn communication tips, ideas for a successful business model and ways to maintain relationships through the succession planning process. Gain insight and share in the humor of Paige’s experiences surviving 3 farm family transitions.

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09:40 AM
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Description: Cost of establishment and maintenece for chestnuts in Michigan.

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09:45 AM
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Description: Managing weeds is the greatest challenge to farm organically. Learn some approaches and cautions.

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09:55 AM
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Description: Harvest options and postharvest handling.

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Description: This training will focus on the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development grant opportunities facilitated by the Agriculture Development Division for value added expansion and rural development. The presentation will cover a wide range of topics, highlighting the scope of successful grant projects, the grant cycle process, and provide attendees with opportunities to ask questions and engage with the MDARD grant programs.

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10:00 AM
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Description: Organic landscaping, seed saving and sales, variety trials and breeding, hardy perennial plant nursery, crop production and community education are diverse income streams at Nature and Nurture based on passion, experience, and local priorities.

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10:15 AM
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Description: Current market, cooperative and direct sales considerations.

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10:15 AM
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Description: Choosing to certify is. Commitment but consider your market demand first.

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10:20 AM
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10:30 AM
Location: Ballroom D
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10:30 AM
Location: Grand Gallery Overlook C
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10:30 AM
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Description: Are you a producer of a raw commodity? We have a couple of grant programs to tell you about. Have you wondered how to get grant funds for your value-added project? Do you want to increase your revenues and customer base?

Our Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) may be what you are looking for. Another topic in this session with be the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Have you been contemplating a solar project on your farm?

Or do you have energy efficiency improvements you are considering for your business? We will be going over the types of projects and eligibility requirements for both of these USDA Rural Development programs.

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10:30 AM
Location: Grand Gallery CD
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11:00 AM
Location: Grand Gallery Overlook E
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Description: Learn from their experiences and ask your questions