February 16, 2018 - March 8, 2018 February 16-27 & February 25-March 8
In 2018, the International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) marks its 60th anniversary (http://ifruittree.org/Portals/0/Docs/ifta_history.pdf) by holding its annual conference in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, with pre-and post-conference study tours across both the south and north islands. Dr. Gregory Lang, MSU Horticulture, will be one of two American invited speakers at the conference, which is expected to draw 250 participants from around the world. Dr. Lang will be presenting results from his state-of-the-art sweet cherry orchard training systems research at MSU, as well as results from complementary trials that he coordinates with collaborating scientists across the U.S. and Canada.
The International Fruit Tree Association (http://ifruittree.org/About.html) was founded in Hartford, MI, in 1958 by visionary MSU Horticulture faculty, such as Dr. Robert Carlson, and progressive Michigan growers, such as MSU Horticulture alumnus and first IFTA President, Wallace Heuser. From its humble origins in a southwest Michigan barn to its current international reach, the IFTA advances the development of fruit-growing knowledge and innovative orchard technologies through the funding of world-class research, and nurtures a global community of tree fruit growers, nurseries, consultants, extension educators, and scientists through annual conferences and study tours in important fruit-growing areas around the world.