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North American Strawberry Growers Association Annual Meeting and Conference

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January 19 - January 23, 2020
San Antonio, Texas

The North American Strawberry Growers Association (NASGA) will be meeting January 19-22, 2020 at the Holiday Inn San Antonio Riverwalk.

The conference will begin on Sunday January 19th with registration and an evening reception. Two full days of presentations are then scheduled for Monday and Tuesday followed by a Farm Tour on Wednesday January 22nd in the Poteet Strawberry growing area south of San Antonio.

The conference program will feature several speakers and include topics on strawberry production, pest management and marketing. Below is a list of speakers and topics they will be presenting. Titles may change as we confirm the final conference agenda

1. Farm Profile – Johanna Storm of Storm Farms in Arlington, TX

2. An Overview of Agriculture in Texas

3. Increasing Texas Strawberry Production – through weed control, fertilizers, bio-stimulants and variety selection, as well as low tunnel usage – Russ Wallace Texas A&M University

4. Strawberry Plant Physiology in Protected Culture – Chieri Kubota, Ohio State University

5. Integrating Living Mulches into Annual Strawberry Production – Steve Poppe, University of Minnesota

6. Managing Strawberry Pests With UV-C Technology – Fumi Takeda, USDA-ARS

7. Plug Plant Production – Fertility, Watering Systems, Pest Management – Panel

8. New Variety Release “Keepsake” Kim Lewers, USDA-ARS

9. Strawberry Nursery Profile – Frederic Laforge, Production Lareault

10. Berry Breeding and Genomic Development – Beatrice Amyotte, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

11. New Growing System SL Spain – Maximizing Space in Tabletop Strawberry Production

12. Soil Health for Optimum Strawberry Production – Amanda McWhirt, University of Arkansas

13. Weed Management in Plasticulture – Edgar Vinson, University of Auburn

14. The Status and Behaviour of Strawberry Diseases

15. History of the Poteet Strawberry Festival

16. What’s Trending in Social Media Advertising

17. Greenhouse Strawberry Production Technologies – Chieri Kubota, Ohio State University

18. Winning Combinations of Day-Neutral Cultivars and Low-Tunnel Films – Kim Lewers, USDA-ARS

19. Efficacy of Biopesticides

20. UV-C Technology and Robotics for Small Scale Strawberry Growers – Fumi Takeda, USDA-ARS and Adam Stager, TRIC Robotics

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