Stage Set for 2019 International Fruit Tree Association Conference

Stage Set for 2019 International Fruit Tree Association Conference

Registration for the 2019 International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) annual conference and tours is open. Registration includes two full days of educational presentations, plus two days of orchard tours with 14 stops, a welcome reception hosted by IFTA’s Young Professionals, an evening reception hosted by Midwest Apple Improvement Association, a social event at the ARTISANworks in Rochester, networking lunches, and breakfast.

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Education Sessions

Jesse Reader, Agriculture Sector Specialist with Robert Bosch Australia, will present the Robert Carlson Lecture, “Tickets Please! The train leaves in 30 minutes…” on Monday, Feb. 25. Nick Dokoozlian, VP Viticulture, Chemistry, and Enology with E&J Gallo Winery, will present the Wallace Heuser Lecture, “Harnessing the Power of Agriculture Technology for Specialty Crops” on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Sessions include topics on canopy selection, controlling bitter pit in ‘Honeycrisp’ apple, crop load management, nutrient management, and implementing new technology on your orchard.

Orchard Tours

Tourgoers head to the East and West of Rochester, where topics will include multileader trees, vertical canopy systems, robot ready orchard systems, grafting, hail netting trials, ‘SweeTango’ apple production, ‘EverCrisp’ apple production, harvest platforms, and more.

Women’s Network Dinner

IFTA Women’s Network is hosting a networking dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 27, and all members both women and men are invited. This is a night to highlight some of the amazing women in the tree fruit industry. The special guest is Kaari Stannard, President of New York Apple Sales and Chair of the U. S. Apple Association. Registration for this event is separate.

For detailed session information and to register, visit the IFTA Conference site. Hotel registration at the Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown is separate, and room rate information also can be found at the IFTA Conference site.