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North American Strawberry Growers Association Annual Meeting & Conference

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January 18 - January 20, 2021

The North American Strawberry Growers Association (NASGA) will be meeting virtually for three days January 18-20, 2021.

Three shortened days of presentations will be followed by a live Question and Answer period with speakers.  Each day will end with panel discussions, and participants will be encouraged to actively participate to create a great networking opportunity. Break out rooms can be an option if there is enough interest.

The conference program will feature several speakers and include topics on strawberry production, pest management and marketing.  For greenhouse strawberry producers, talks on substrates, pest management, industry outlook and food trends may be of particular interest. This year’s grower profile features a propagator who grows plants for the greenhouse and is also a greenhouse strawberry producer.

Below is a list of speakers and topics they will be presenting.  Titles may change as the final conference agenda is confirmed.

Monday January 18th

11:00am EST Grower Profile – Marc Van Gennip, Genson Plants, Netherlands

11:40am EST Cyclamen Mite Management – Justin Renkema, Agriculture Canada

12:00pm EST NASGA Annual Meeting

12:30pm EST Neopestalotiopis: An Emerging Strawberry Disease– Natalia Peres, University of Florida

1:00pm EST Insecticide Efficacy in Strawberries – Sarah Zukov, Strawberry Center, Cal Poly

1:30pm EST Panel Discussion – Strawberry Varieties – Kim Lewers USDA-ARS, Steve Knapp, University of California, Courtney Weber, Cornell University, Beatrice Amyotte, Agriculture Canada

Tuesday January 19th

11:00am EST Industry Outlook Post COVID 19 – David Magana – Rabobank

11:20am EST Crown Size in Relation to Yield – Marc Bolda, University of California

12:00pm EST Optimizing Soil Nutrition – Noel Garcia – TPS Lab

12:30pm EST Effectively Monitoring Plant Nutrients and Solutions to Meet Those Needs – Marc Bolda, University of California

1:00pm EST Panel Discussion – Managing Employees and Customers during COVID 19

Wednesday January 20th

11:00am EST Food Trends in Light of COVID 19 – Sylvain Charlebois- Dalhousie University

11:30am EST Substrate Strawberry Production Basics – Eric Boot – BVB Substrates, Netherlands

12:00pm EST Caliente Mustard as a Bio-fumigant – Joe Gies, Gies Farm, Moss Lake, WA

12:30pm EST Robotics and Ultraviolet Light – the progress and future of non-chemical treatments – Adam Stager, TRIC Robotics

1:00pm EST Panel Discussion- Scott Thompson – Sunflower Mania


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