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


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


Moore County Cooperative Extension Center,
707 Pinehurst Avenue, Carthage

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

3:10 Adjourn