2019 Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show session agendas now available

The 2019 Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show agendas for wine and grape sessions and tree fruit sessions are now available. Pre-register today!

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The 2019 Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show is scheduled for Jan. 15-16 at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, Michigan. Registration opens at 8 a.m. on Jan. 15 and the cost for both days is $35 in advance and $40 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.

Pre-register for the 2019 Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show!

The 2019 Orchard and Vineyard Show Wine and Grape Sessions will have university experts from California, Michigan and Ohio educate Michigan’s grape producers on spring and fall weed control and cultural practices to improve fruit and wine quality in Vitis vinifera and cold climate cultivars. Furthermore, this event will include presentations on vineyard pathogens, insects and sustainable waste management. To round out this event, we have invited two out-of-state enologists to speak on pre-fermentation practices, microbial control, spontaneous fermentation as well as alternative cultivars and troubleshooting in the cellar.

This year, grape sessions will be held on both days. Tuesday’s sessions will conclude with a social hour. Download the full grape and wine session agenda.

There will be a separate winemaker’s educational wine tasting ($20 per person). This wine tasting event will be limited to 30 attendees, and commercial winemakers will have priority. There is a limit of two attendees from each winery or business. You are required to pre-register with Thomas Todaro at todaroth@msu.edu or 231-256-9888.

The 2019 Orchard and Vineyard Show Tree Fruit Sessions will have university experts from Michigan State University. Tuesday and Wednesday will offer a variety of topics relating to research and information on tart cherries, sweet cherries and apples, addressing both production and marketing. Tuesday’s tree fruit session will conclude with a social hour. Wednesday’s general cherry and apple sessions will open with the annual meeting of the Cherry Marketing Institute.

Download the full tree fruit session agenda.

The Fruit Industry Luncheon on Tuesday is open to tree fruit and grape attendees. The cost is yet to be determined.

There will be two separate lunches on Wednesday: the Cherry Marketing Institute Luncheon and the Stan Howell Honorarium Grape Luncheon. The Cherry Marketing Institute Luncheon is free to cherry growers if they pre-register with the Cherry Marketing Institute by phone at 517-669-4264 or by email at jgordon@usacherries.com. The Stan Howell Honorarium Grape Luncheon is sponsored by Prestige Glassware and the Michigan Wine Collaborative.

We would like to thank the Grand Traverse Fruit Growers’ Council, Michigan State University Extension and AgBioResearch, Cherry Marketing Institute, Parallel 45 and the MSU Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center for their support.

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