As the new year rolls over, I’d like to remind everyone of the 124th annual Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association and UVM Apple Program annual meeting that will we held at the American Legion hall in Middlebury, VT on February 13. There are still a couple of agenda items we’re wrapping up, so stay tuned for a complete agenda to arrive shortly. This year’s slate of talks and discussions should be especially eye-opening, as we’ll hear from (relatively) new UNH entomologist Dr. Anna Wallingford on insect pest management; learn about decision support systems from UMASS Extension specialist Elizabeth Garafalo; and have a robust discussion on the future of apple cultivars in a post-McIntosh (I’m saying that deliberately to provoke discussion) world from New England Apple Association’s Russell Powell. VTFGA President Eric Boire has again pulled together a great list of vendor supporters, and we’ll have opportunities to hear the latest from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. Keep your eyes peeled for registration materials.
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