Register now for 2020 Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show

Pre-registration is open and agendas are set for the 2020 Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show, held Jan. 14-15 in Acme, Michigan.

Photo by Mark Longstroth, MSU Extension

The 2020 Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show is scheduled for Jan. 14-15 at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, Michigan. Registration opens at 8 a.m. on Jan. 14 and the cost for both days is $45 in advance and $50 at the door. The line is often long at the registration desk, so meeting attendees are encouraged to arrive well before the 9 a.m. start time. Both days will feature educational programs and vendor exhibits.

To pre-register, please visit: 2020 Orchard and Vineyard Show Pre-Registration.

One registration (tree fruit or grape session) will give attendees access to both the tree fruit sessions and grape sessions for both days.

The fruit industry luncheon and the grape luncheon will be Tuesday, Jan. 14. The Cherry Marketing Institute annual meeting and luncheon will be Wednesday, Jan. 15. Wednesday’s luncheon is free to cherry growers if they pre-register with the Cherry Marketing Institute by calling 517-669-4264 or emailing

The exhibit hall will be open during the show to feature vendors of orchard and vineyard equipment and supplies, commodity organizations, and other exhibitors.

Both Tuesday and Wednesday will offer a variety of topics relating to research and information on tart cherries, sweet cherries, apples and wine grapes addressing production and marketing. This year, grape sessions will be held on both days. Tuesday’s sessions will conclude with a social hour. 

Wednesday’s general cherry and apple sessions will open with the annual meeting of the Cherry Marketing Institute, followed by their luncheon.

The program is co-sponsored by the Grand Traverse Fruit Growers’ Council, Michigan State University Extension and AgBioResearchCherry Marketing InstituteParallel 45 and the MSU Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center.

For more information on the Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show, please call Jenn Zelinski at 231-946-1510 or email

Interested in cider education or grape and wine? See "Cider education now included at 2020 Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show" for more information on cider, grape and wine sessions.


Tentative agenda for tree fruit sessions

Tuesday, Jan. 14 – Concurrent Tree Fruit Session

8:00 a.m. Registration Desk Opens

8:00 – 10:30 a.m. Coffee and Rolls

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Foundation annual meeting. This meeting is open to all growers

Moderator: Emily Pochubay

9:00 – 9:05 a.m. Welcome and Overview. Paul Hubbell, President, Grand Traverse Fruit Growers’ Council

9:05 – 9:30 a.m. Beyond the media: research-based evidence of lasers for bird control. Catherine Lindell, Dept. of Integrated Biology

9:30 – 9:50 a.m. Deer fencing and vertebrate management resources. James DeDecker, MSU Extension

9:50 – 10:10 a.m. A portable hive protection system for black bears. Gary Roloff, Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife

10:10 – 10:35 a.m. Impacts of sandy soils and Honeycrisp rootstocks on fruit yield and quality. Nikki Rothwell, MSU Extension and AgBioResearch

10:35 – 11:05 a.m. Vendor Break

11:05 – 11:35 a.m. Cherry disease update. George Sundin, Dept. of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences, MSU

11:35 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Apple disease update. George Sundin, Dept. of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences, MSU

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Fruit Industry Luncheon. Emcee: Emily Pochubay, MSU Extension. Featuring:

  • Honoring Philip J. Korson, Former President of the Cherry Marketing Institute, Grand Traverse Fruit Growers’ Council
  • Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program Awards
    • Lauren Silver, MAEAP Technician Antrim and Grand Traverse Counties
    • Parker Ameel, MAEAP Technician Benzie and Leelanau Counties
    • Dan Busby, MDARD
  • Celebrating 40 years of research and Extension at the NWMHRC
    • Nikki Rothwell, MSU Extension and AgBioResearch

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Vendor Break

Moderator: Nikki Rothwell

2:00 – 2:20 p.m. Developing an attract and kill strategy for SWD management. Juan Huang, Department of Entomology, MSU

2:20 – 2:40 p.m. Cherry variety susceptibility to SWD. Larry Gut, Department of Entomology, MSU

2:40 – 3:00 p.m. Fruit physiology and climate impacts on SWD. Nikki Rothwell, MSU Extension and AgBioResearch

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Vendor Break

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Sap beetle biology, management, and observations from 2019. Nikki Rothwell, MSU Extension

3:45 – 4:10 p.m. Field efficacy of hand-applied mating disruption for San Jose scale. Emily Pochubay, MSU Extension and Larry Gut, Department of Entomology, MSU

4:10 – 4:30 p.m. Codling moth sterile insect release in Michigan apples. Megan Andrews, Department  of Entomology, MSU

4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Finding optimism during difficult agricultural economic times. Phil Schwallier, MSU Extension

Fill out pesticide recertification and certified crop advisor credits

5:00 p.m. Local beverage tasting and horse d'ouerve social hour. Sponsored by local wineries, breweries, and cideries.

Wednesday, Jan. 15 – Concurrent Tree Fruit Session

8:00 a.m. Coffee and Rolls

Moderator: Julie Gordon, Cherry Marketing Institute, President

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. National Cherry Festival report to the industry. Susan Wilcox-Olsen, National Cherry Festival

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. National promotion program results for 2018/19. Carolyn Westcomb, Weber Shandwick Company

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Vendor Break

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. National promotion program plans for 2019/20. Carolyn Westcomb, Weber Shandwick Company

10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Export program results & plans. Julie Gordon, Cherry Marketing Institute, President

11:15 – 11:45 a.m. CMI Yearend Report

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Cherry Industry Luncheon. Industry Awards, Featuring Brad Burke, “The Evolving Media Landscape”

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Vendor Break

Moderator: Emily Pochubay

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Composting fruit wastes and using black soldier flies for SWD management. Matt Grieshop, Departmentof Entomology, MSU

2:30 – 2:55 p.m. Hemp regulation and production in Michigan. James DeDecker, MSU Extension

2:55 – 3:20 p.m. Insights on hemp production in Michigan. Grower Panel

3:20 – 3:50 p.m. CIAB 2020 – Referendum update and member panel. Mollie Woods, CIAB Executive Director

3:50 – 4:20 p.m. CIAB Trade flow research. Elizabeth Drake, Schagrin Associates

4:20 p.m. Fill Out Pesticide Recertification Credits, Certified Crop Advisor Credits

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