2019 North Carolina Peach Growers’ Annual Meeting Agenda

— Written By

N.C. Cooperative Extension, Moore County Center, Carthage

TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2019

PRESIDING…Mr. Stephen Greene, President, NC Peach Growers’ Society

 8 a.m.        Registration, Coffee, and Doughnuts

 9 a.m.        Welcome & Opening Remarks

Mr. Stephen Greene, President

 9:05 a.m. Peach Fertility and Potential Calcium Impacts

 Dr. Kristen Hicks, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Raleigh

 9:25 a.m. What is IR-4 and how does it benefit NC Peach Growers

                        Mr. Roger Batts, NC State University, Raleigh

 9:45 a.m.     Update on Weed Management in the Orchard

                        Mr. Wayne Mitchem, Regional Orchard Floor Management                                        Specialist, NC State University, UGA, and Clemson

10:05 a.m. Peach Breeding and Variety Update

                        Dr. Ksenija Gasic, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

10:40 a.m.   BreakVisit Exhibitors

PRESIDING…Mr. Taylor Williams, NCCES Agent, Moore County

10:55 a.m. Assisting Growers with Disabilities: Beneficial Tools

                        Ms. Beatriz Rodriguez, NC AgrAbility, N.C. A&T University,

11:15 a.m.      Farm Bill Update and Political Happenings in Agriculture

Ms. Debbie Hamrick, Director of Specialty Crops, NC Farm Bureau                            Federation, Raleigh

11:35 a.m.      Social Media Marketing

                        Ms. Stacy Sprenz & Ms. Kristen Baughman, Tabletop Media Group,                          Raleigh

Noon        Lunch: Recognize Exhibitors & Special Guests

Mr. Stephen Greene, President

1:10 p.m.  Introduction of 2018 Peach Queen

Mrs. Jan Williams

Remarks from 2018 NC Peach Queen, Ms. Leanna Grace Caddell

Visit Exhibitors

 1:40 p.m.        Business Meeting of the NC Peach Growers’ Society, Inc.

PRESIDING…Mr. Brad Thompson, NCCES Agent, Montgomery County

 2 p.m. Insect Management Update

Dr. Jim Walgenbach, Entomology, NC State University, Mills River

Mr. Brad Thompson*, NCCES Agent, Montgomery County

2:25 p.m.          Disease Management Update

Dr. David Ritchie, Plant Pathology, NC State University, Raleigh

2:50 p.m.          What potential buyers need to facilitate a buying opportunity  –                          Buyer Panel

Ms. Paige Burns – Moderator

3:30 p.m.           Adjourn