Good Fruit Grower

December 2011

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January 17–19 Indiana Horticultural Congress and Trade Show, Wyndham Indianapolis West, Indianapolis, Indiana. For information, visit January 19-20 Upper Midwest Regional Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference, St. Cloud, Minnesota. For information, call (763) 434-0400 or e-mail January 24–26 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium, Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, California. For information, visit January 24–26 Apple/Apple Crop Protection Research Review, Red Lion Hotel, Pasco, Washington. Contact Kathy Schmidt, (509) 665-8271, ext. 2, or e-mail kathy@treefruit January 24–26 Empire State Fruit and Vegetable Expo, Oncenter Convention Center, Syracuse, New York. For information, e-mail or go to www.nysaes January 24–26 Northwest Ag Show, Portland Expo Center, Portland, Oregon. For information, call (503) 769-7120; January 27–28 Iowa Fruit & Vegetable Growers and Marketers Conference, Ankeny, Iowa. For information, call (515) 294-4430. January 31 Tree Fruit Day, Olympia, Washington. Growers visit with state legislators. For more information, e-mail Lynette Smith at January 31–February 2 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention, Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania. For information, call (717) 677-4184 or e-mail, or go to Grape meeting focus is sustainablility T he Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers annual meeting, scheduled for February 7-10, will focus on sustainable management practices important to the long-term viability of growers and wineries. Winerywise, the new online Washington Guide to Sus- tainable Winemaking Practices, will be unveiled during the three-day convention and trade show at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Pasco. Mythbusting, a popular session from previous meet- ings, will examine the controversial subjects of high alco- hol wines and wine critic scores, led by Steve Heimoff, wine editor of Wine Enthusiast magazine. The session will also look at whether low yields are better for making superior wines, with comments from Nick Dookozlian, vice president of viticulture for E & J Gallo Wines. A session targeting professional development of the next generation of wine industry leaders will be presented by Rhonda Hilyer, who developed Success Signals, a for- malized approach to understanding and interpreting dif- ferent communication styles, improving relationships, and minimizing potential conflict. Educational programs will equip growers with the lat- est insect management strategies, scouting, and controls for vineyard pests and diseases. A seminar on the Merlot variety, which includes a tast- ing of different Merlot wines, will feature Doug Frost, a Kansas City author who is both a Master of Wine and Master Sommelier, one of three in the world. Gubernatorial candidates Attorney General Rob McKenna (Republican) and Congressman Jay Inslee (Democrat) will speak at a luncheon sponsored by GrapePAC, the wine grape industry's political action committee. Other events include an industry awards luncheon, research poster session, and a silent and live auction during the Industry Unity Dinner. For registration information, visit: or call (509) 782-8234. GOOD FRUIT GROWER DECEMBER 2011 67 CnePit coni etron® Acutg ad Pyolot www.ewigot r.o Te Cer Sltouin h la n n arl Sfae frgi u rd nsfwaecm 18 07 29 6 wr o Aruteclr -0 -3 -4 4 o.

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