The International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) will be holding their 56th Annual Conference and Intensive Workshop Feb. 23-March 1, 2013 in Boston, MA. The theme for this year’s conference is “Insights into Innovative Orchard Technology” and will highlight technology advances in the industry.
The optional pre-conference Intensive Workshop will offer participants the choice of two educational tracks:
• “Strategies For Improving Production Practices” (including flowering, pollination, modeling, and fruit set)
• “Best Management And Marketing For Pick Your Own Orchards.”
The Annual Conference sessions on Monday and Wednesday will feature top researchers and scientists who will share information on new tree fruit varieties, mechanization and automation systems, and climate change issues. The conference Field Learning Tours on Tuesday will provide attendees the opportunity to get out of the classroom for a day of hands-on practical learning including visits to area pick your own orchards.
Much like the Intensive Workshops, the Field Learning Tour will feature a two-track approach at each stop, one for production topics in the field and a second for business and marketing at pick-your-own orchards.
Participants can also attend the optional two-day post-conference tour to orchards in New York state and a visit to the Hudson Valley Research Lab in Highland, NY. The post-conference tour departs Boston on Thursday morning, February 28, and returns to Boston around noon on Saturday, March 2.
Registration is open on the IFTA website, www.ifruittree.org, and includes options for attending the Intensive Workshop and the post-conference tour as well as the Annual Conference. Attendees will also have the option of choosing the “whole fruit pie” which includes: Intensive Workshop, full conference, awards banquet and post-conference tour, all for a discount.
For more information and updates about the conference speakers and topics, visit the IFTA website.