2024 NC Peach Growers’ Society Conference

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Each year the North Carolina Peach Growers’ Society holds an annual conference. This conference is a 2-day event, with a Peach Production Workshop and an Annual Meeting that includes many educational sessions including: food safety, pest management, marketing, and more.

Save the Date

Peach Production Workshop

Monday, January 22, 2024 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sandhills Research Station, Jackson Springs, NC

NCDA Pesticide CEUs:

N : 2.0
O : 2.0
D : 2.0
X : 2.0

Annual Meeting

Tuesday, January 23, 2024 8:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Moore County Agricultural Center, Carthage, NC

NCDA Pesticide CEUs:

N : 2.0
O : 2.0
D : 2.0
X : 2.0

Registration

2024 Registration Form (see registration form for cost and more information)

2024 NORTH CAROLINA PEACH GROWERS’ANNUAL MEETING

Moore County Cooperative Extension Center,
707 Pinehurst Avenue, Carthage
TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2024

PRESIDING………..Mr. Brad Thompson, President
NC Peach Growers’ Society, Inc.
8:00 a.m. Registration, Coffee, and Refreshments

9:00 Welcome & Opening Remarks
Mr. Brad Thompson, President

9:10 “Hands Off” Peach Thinning? Dr. Mike Parker, Horticultural Science, NCSU

9:40 Is H-2A foreign labor right for your seasonal agricultural operation?

Ms. Catherine Watts, Labor Services International

10:10 Freeze Protection Strategy in Peach Trees using Nanocellulose
Dr. Dario Chavez, Horticulture, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

10:40 Break —Visit Exhibitors

PRESIDING………..Mr. Owen Washam
NCCES Agent, Montgomery County

11:00 Orchard Weed Management

Mr. Wayne Mitchem, Regional Orchard Floor Management Specialist, NCSU,
UGA and Clemson

11:30 Updates from NCDA Marketing Division.
Ms. Khaila Daye, NCDA Marketing Specialist

11:45 Grant Opportunities that are available to growers in NC
Ms. Savanah Laur, NCCES Agent, Moore County

12:00 p.m. Lunch: Recognize Exhibitors & Special Guests

NOON Mr. Brad Thompson, President

12:45 Introduction of 2024 Peach Queen

Mrs. Maria Williams
Remarks from 2023 NC Peach Queen, Ms. Marianna Greene

1:00 Visit Exhibitors

1:35 Business Meeting of the NC Peach Growers’ Society, Inc.

PRESIDING……………. …Ms. Savanah Laur
NCCES Agent, Moore County

1:50 Review of Fungicides for Peach Disease Control
Dr. David Ritchie, Plant Pathology, NCSU, Raleigh

2:20 Management Options for the Peachtree Borer Complex
Dr. Brett Blaauw, Entomology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

2:50 Food safety update: regulations and practices that impact your farm operations.
Ms. Elena Rogers, Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture-Fresh Produce Food
Safety

3:10 Adjourn