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2021 New Hampshire Fruit Growers' Association Annual [Virtual] Meeting

Thu, 03/11/2021
9:30am - 3:30pm

The New Hampshire Fruit Growers' Association Annual Meeting is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Fruit Growers' Association and UNH Cooperative Extension. 2.5 Pesticide Recertification Credits available. Any program questions, please contact Extension Field Specialist, and if you have registration questions, please contact Administrave Assistant, This free zoom meeting does require pre-registration through zoom.


9:30      Welcome and Overview of Meeting

Jeremy DeLisle, Extension Field Specialist, UNH Extension, Boscawen, NH

9:45 – 10:30      Thoughts for Preparing for the 2021 Chemical Thinning Season

Dr. Duane Greene, Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, University of Massachusetts

10:30 – 11:00     Fireblight – Impacts from 2020 and Strategies Looking Forward, Orchardist Panel

-  Steve Wood, Poverty Lane Orchards, Lebanon, NH

-  Harry Ricker, Ricker Hill Orchards, Turner, ME

-  Giff Burnap, Butternut Farm, Farmington, NH

11:00 – 12:15     Optimizing Fireblight Management Using Plant Growth Regulators and Defense Elicitors

-  Dr. Kari Peter, Associate Research Professor, Tree Fruit Pathology, Penn State University

-  Dr. Kerik Cox, Associate Professor, Plant Pathology, Cornell AgriTech

-  Dr. Srdjan Acimovic, Senior Extension Associate, Cornell AgriTech

12:15 – 1:00     Lunch Break

1:00 – 1:15      Commercial Member Introductions

Kitt Plummer, NH Fruit Growers’ Association – President

1:15 – 2:00      NH Fruit Growers’ Association Annual Meeting

Kitt Plummer, NHFGA President; Madison Hardy, Vice President; Samantha Fay, Secretary; Paul Franklin, Treasurer

  • 2020 Annual Meeting Minutes
  • 2020 Treasurer’s Report
  • 2021 Treasurer’s Budget
  • Research Fund Report
  • U.S. Apple Council Report
  • Labor Rules Report
  • Nominating Committee Report
  • Other Business

2:00 – 2:30      U-Pick and Retail Adaptions – Creative Solutions in Response to COVID – 19

-  Giff Burnap, Butternut Farm, Farmington, NH

-  Dan Hicks, Sunnycrest Farm, Londonderry, NH

-  Amy Franklin, Riverview Farm, Plainfield, NH

2:30 – 3:30      Where Did The Time Go and What’s Ahead?

Dr. Cheryl Smith, Plant Health State Specialist and Director of the UNH Plant Diagnostic Lab, will reflect on her career and pose considerations for growers looking ahead.

3:30      Closing Remarks and Adjourn