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NDSU Extension Service High Tunnel Conference - March 24 & 25, Fargo

Sponsored by BFG Supply Co., Green-Tech and Poly Tech
When Mar 24, 2017
from 01:30 PM to 07:30 PM
Where Fargo, ND
Contact Name
Contact Phone 701-231-7406
Attendees $40.00/person
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One of my job responsibilities is to offer educational programming for commercial horticulture producers. I know that a fair number of Master Gardeners grow produce for farmers markets or are considering doing so. The NDSU Extension High Tunnel Conference may appeal to you and I am a pleased to announce that registration is now open. The conference is scheduled for March 24th and 25th here in Fargo. We are very fortunate to have sponsors so we are able to offer a registration fee of $40 for the two-day conference. What a great value!

Our keynote speakers are Terry Nennich (retired University of Minnesota Extension Service) and Kathy Demchak (Penn State). Terry Nennich will focus on high tunnel vegetable production while Kathy Demchak will discuss both high tunnel strawberry and bramble production. On both days, we will also offer short, interactive sessions where you can learn important techniques like scouting for insect pests, trellising vine crops, trapping for spotted wing drosophila, tomato grafting, flower arranging for farmers markets, and irrigation. We will also discuss our research from the NDSU high tunnel project. Please see the attached schedule for a full list of speakers and topics. Our topics were selected to appeal to both high tunnel novices and advanced commercial producers.

Registration is online only:  https://epayment.ndus.nodak.edu/C22800_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=22&SINGLESTORE=true

Registration will close on March 8th. The registration link will also give information on a block of rooms at Candlewood Suites, Fargo, if you are looking for accommodations. The discounted rate for hotel rooms is only available through February 22nd.

High Tunnel img.Please feel free to share this information with individuals that are interested. We are advertising this event across a five-state region. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Best,

Esther E. McGinnis
Extension Horticulturist/Assistant Professor 
Department of Plant Sciences

Friday, March 24th, Alumni Center, Atrium 
2:30 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
2:45 p.m.Terry Nennich, Vegetable and Fruit Varieties for the Northern Great Plains
3:30 p.m.Terry Nennich, High Tunnel Plant Nutrition
4:15 p.m.Break
4:30 p.m.Vegetable Grower Panel
5:00 p.m.Dinner
6:00-7:30 p.m.Interactive Stations
   Station 1: Easy Flower Bouquets for Farmer’s Markets
   Station 2: High Tunnel Construction Q & A
   Station 3:Scouting for Insect Pests in High Tunnels
   Station 4: Spotted Wing Drosophila Identification and Trapping
   Station 5: Trellising Techniques
   Station 6: What’s Wrong with My Tomatoes?

Saturday, March 25, Sudro Hall 
8:00 a.m.Continental breakfast
8:30 a.m.Kathy Demchak, Pluses and Minuses of High Tunnel Strawberry Production
9:15 a.m.Kathy Demchak, Bramble Production in High Tunnels
10:00 a.m.Morning break
10:30 a.m.North Dakota High Tunnel Research
   Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, Infrared Technology and Blackberry Production
   Kyla Splichal, High Tunnel Vegetable Trials
   Jacob Kluza, High Value Cut Flowers
11:30 a.m.Kathy Demchak, Tunnel Designs and Northeastern Experiences
12:00 p.m.Lunch—Abby Gold and Heather Kroeker—High Tunnel Community of Practice
1:00 p.m.Don Josko, High Tunnel Covering and Netting Technology
1:45 p.m.Jamie Good, The Low Tunnel Kept My Spinach Alive in -31 Deg.
2:30 p.m.Break
3:00 p.m. Active workshops
   Esther McGinnis, Microgreen Production and Tasting
   Don Josko, Hands-on Irrigation Workshop
   Chiwon Lee, Tomato Grafting Workshop


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