The 2017 Interpera Congress will head to the Pacific Northwest this summer as pear industry researchers, experts, growers, and marketers from around the world will gather in Wenatchee, WA, June 15-16. This is the 10th meeting of this worldwide pear conference and the first to be held in the U.S.
The two-day conference will feature presentations from world experts on topics like emerging pear varieties, high-density planting, rootstock, harvest and packaging house mechanization, integrated pest management successes, export trade flows, and successful practices for building demand for pears in consumer markets.
“The attendees will learn about the latest innovations in new pear varieties, mechanization and growing practices with tours of high density and traditional orchards set in the beautiful valleys of the region,” says Kevin Moffitt, co-host of the conference and president and CEO of Pear Bureau Northwest. “It is an honor and an excellent opportunity to host the collaboration of world thought leaders in one of the premier pear-growing areas in the world.”
The first day of the congress will be held in the state-of-the-art Wenatchee Conference Center culminating in a reception and dinner at the nearby Chateau Faire Le Pont winery and restaurant in Wenatchee, WA.
Highlights of the program field day include tours of orchards with high-density pear planting and an opportunity to see a leading fresh-cut apple slicing operation. Lunch will be served in an orchard alongside the Wenatchee River.