Good Fruit Grower

November 2011

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GOOD TO GO For a complete listing of upcoming events, check the Calendar at IFTA to meet in Chile High-density fruit pro- duction and high profits will be the focus of the International Fruit Tree Association's annual meet- ing scheduled for January 8-11 at the Grand Hyatt Santiago Hotel in Santiago, Chile. The conference will include a one-day field tour to see innovative tree fruit producers in the Rancagua area, as well as educational sessions and an awards banquet. Three optional postconference tours will be offered to fruit-growing areas in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. For information, check the Web site at NOVEMBER November 2–11 Sustainable Ag Expo, Paso Robles Event Center, Paso Robles, California. For information, visit November 6–8 Irrigation Show, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California. For information, e-mail or visit November 8–9 Northwest Cherry Research Review, Hood River Inn, Hood River, Oregon. Contact Kathy Schmidt, (509) 665-8271, ext. 2, or e-mail November 10 Wine marketing seminar, Red Lion Inn, Pasco, Washington. For registration infor- mation, phone Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers at (509) 782-8234. November 11–13 Tilth Producers of Washington annual conference, Yakima, Washington. For more information, go to November 17 Stone Fruit Research Review, Snipe's Restaurant, Sunnyside, Washington. Contact Kathy Schmidt, (509) 665-8271, ext. 2, or e-mail November 17–18 Washington State Grape Society Annual Meeting and Trade Show, Church of the Nazarene, Grandview. Call (509) 786-7888 or go to November 29 Winter Technology Research Review, Washington Cattlemen's Association building, Ellensburg, Washington. Contact Kathy Schmidt, (509) 665-8271, ext. 2, or e-mail DECEMBER December 1–2 Cumberland/Shenandoah Fruit Workers Conference, Hampton Inn and Conference Center, Winchester, Virginia. Contact Dr. Greg Krawczyk, Pennsylvania State University Fruit Research & Extension Center, (717) 677-6116, or visit December 5–7 Washington State Horticultural Association Annual Meeting and Trade Show, Wenatchee Convention Center, Wenatchee, Washington. For information, call (509) 665-9641 or visit Food safety focus at grape meeting F ood safety, high-density Concord grape plantings, exotic pests, and more. The Washington State Grape Society has a full lineup of topics to keep grape growers abreast of the latest viticulture research and regulations during its annual meeting, November 17-18 in Grandview. Keynote speakers Gina Nicholson, food safety and quality manager for The Kroger Company, Ohio, and Kris- tine Rogers of Portland's Kroger/Fred Meyer, will address food safety requirements and their impacts on the grape industry on Thursday morning in their talk "Selling Food Safety from the Top Down—A Grower and Consumer Responsibility." Nicholson is currently implementing wireless electronic temperature monitoring systems at Kroger stores and is developing a food safety and quality culture campaign to enhance food safety behavior of Kroger associates at all 2,500 stores. Other presentations during the two-day conference and trade show include an economic snapshot of Wash- ington's grape industry, a new Concord grape sustain - ability program, practical solutions for pesticide safety, techniques to maximize disease control, new and emerg- ing weeds, the impact of grapevine leafroll disease on production and quality, and the latest research on monitoring and controlling leafroll virus vectors. Visit for registration information. Wine market opportunities M ike Veseth, economics professor at the University of Puget Sound and author of Wine Wars: The Curse of the Blue Nun, the Miracle of Two Buck Chuck, and the Revenge of the Terroirists, will lead a seminar on Novem- ber 10 to provide Washington's wine industry with busi- ness decision-making information, such as where growth opportunities are in the wine world and what it will take for a vineyard or winery to survive. The seminar will be held at the Red Lion Hotel, Pasco, Washington. Contact the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers for registration information at or phone (509) 782-8234. 40 NOVEMBER 2011 GOOD FRUIT GROWER December 6 and 7 GRAS2P First Aid Training Classes, Wenatchee Convention Center (Apple Harvest Room, upper level), Wenatchee, Washington. For more information or to register, contact Shae Eldredge, phone (509) 665-9641, or e-mail December 6–8 Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo, DeVos Place Convention Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan. For information, go to December 8 GRAS2P Audit Readiness Workshop for GlobalGAP/SQF v.4, Wenatchee Convention Center (GrandApple Ballroom South), Wenatchee, Washington. To register, call Shae Eldredge, (509) 665-9641, or e-mail December 8 Washington Wine Economic Forum, Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick, Washington. $125 includes continental breakfast, lunch, and wine tasting. For information, call (509) 782-1108, or e-mail JANUARY January 3–4, 2012 Pasco Real Ag Convention and Trade Show, TRAC Center, Tri-Cities, Washington. For information, visit January 5–6 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Embassy Suites Hotel, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact John Strang, (859) 257-5685 or e-mail

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