2015 SOUTHEASTERN APPLE GROWERS ANNUAL MEETING INFORMATION AND PRE-REGISTRATION
The 2015 Southeastern Apple Growers Meeting is rapidly approaching and the program and meeting arrangements are ready to go! The date for the 2015 meeting is Tuesday and Wednesday January 13-14. However, we are excited to announce a new location for the meeting at the DoubleTree By Hilton Asheville - Biltmore. We had some unforeseen issues arise at the last minute that made it impossible to provide a quality meeting at our previous venue. The DoubleTree is a newer hotel and recently renovated with a great atmosphere, history, indoor pool, in house TGIF restaurant with other chains within easy walking distance. It will also be easier to access the hotel right off I-40 at exit 50 with plenty of free parking in front and behind the hotel. Be sure to book your room early and let them know that you are with the SE Apple Growers Meeting to guarantee a reduced rate. In addition to the two days of educational programs, commercial exhibitors, and entertaining banquet, is the opportunity to meet with other growers. The educational session will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 13th and conclude on the afternoon of Wednesday, January 14th with the exhibits open both days. We will have our annual banquet on Tuesday evening, with after dinner entertainment provided by Mr. Paul Miller and his Interactive Comedy Show!
This year's educational program includes speakers with a wide range of expertise. On the first day of the program we will have an emphasis on topics of importance such as agritourism, marketing, food safety, varieties for the SE and bee management. We have invited speakers, in addition to those from the southeast that provide information as well as several grower panels to pass on valuable information. Dr. Keith Yoder from Virginia Tech, stationed at the Virginia Tech Ag. Research and Extension Center in Winchester, will also will be with us again to provide insight on managing Glomerella as well as other disease management strategies.
In addition, we will address orchard management issues and production topics such as weed, fertility and insect management and strategies growers are using in the SE to reduce labor costs and/or improve labor efficiency. We will have a Proceedings provided for you when you register that will have material from the speakers that can be used for taking notes as well as used as a reference during the year. Pesticide recertification credit will be available at the end of the program on Wednesday. Please take a look at the enclosed program to see the many topics that are going to be addressed. There will be an Auxiliary program with planned activities for those interested.
Registration for the 2015 Southeastern Apple Growers Meeting is $35.00 in advance or $40.00 at the door. The cost of registration will include lunch in the exhibit area on Wednesday, January 14th as well as a copy of the Proceedings. The banquet will be held on Tuesday evening, January 13th and the cost is $25.00 in advance or $35.00 at the door. With this notice you will also find a detailed copy of the program and a pre-registration form. Plan now to attend and be sure to respond rapidly on the enclosed pre-registration form so that we can guarantee counts with the hotel. For more information please contact Mrs. Lisa Nix, Executive Secretary for the NC Apple Growers Association, the new Association phone number is (828) 674-8133 and the Association e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org and the web site can be found at: ncapplegrowers.com
This is one meeting you will not want to miss and we look forward to seeing you in January at the DoubleTree in Asheville!