Our next conference will be in January or February, 2020. The date, program, and location are not yet set. Contact NCMGA to make sure you are on our E-mail list to receive more information!.
Annual Conference 2019: Saturday, March 16, 2019
8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Bladen County Extension Office, 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown, NC 28337
Registration fee (includes lunch): $35/person for NCMGA members, $50/person non-members.
To Register: Full registration and payment will be taken on-site; payment by check or cash only. To be sure to be included in meal counts, please call 919-222-1841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, March 12 to pre-register.:
8:30-9:00 am Registration
9:00-9:15 Welcome – Ervin Lineberger, NCMGA President
9:15-9:30 Report from the NC Wine and Grape Council – Whit Winslow, Executive Director; Report from the NC Winegrowers Association – Chuck Johnson, Shadow Springs Vineyard, Hamptonville, NC
9:30-9:45 NCMGA Revitalization Project – Debby Wechsler, consultant
9:45-10:15 Keynote – Mark Friszolowski , Childress Vineyards, Lexington, NC
10:30-10:50 Variety Highlights – Terry Bland, Retired NCSU, Dept. of Horticultural Science
10:50-11:10 Diseases – Bill Cline, NCSU Dept. of Entomology and Plant Pathology
11:10-11:30 Insects – Whit Jones , Cottle Farms, Faison, NC
11:30-11:50 Weeds – Kira Sims/Katie Jennings, NCSU Dept. of Horticultural Science
11:50-12:10 Problems Observed in 2018 and Extension Resources – Mark Hoffmann, NCSU Dept. of Horticultural Science
12:10-1:10 Lunch, visit with exhibitors
1:10-1:40 Fresh Market Post-harvest Handling and Marketing Standards – Penny Perkins-Veazie, NCSU Plants for Human Health Institute
1:40-2:00 Seedless Muscadine Grape Update – Jeff Bloodworth, grape breeder, Gardens Alive!, Hillsborough, NC
2:00-2:30 Wine-making panel – Mark Friszolowski, Childress Vineyard, Lexington, NC; Nadia Hetzel,Cypress Bend Vineyards, Wagram, NC; others TBA
2:30-2:45 New development in muscadine markets – Grower Panel
3:00 pm: Membership meeting of the NCMGA. If you are not a current member, you can join or renew at the meeting.