Monday, June 2, 2014

Elderberry Workshop and Field Tour

A Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop & Field Tour will be held Thursday and Friday, June 12-13th in Jefferson City MO.  The workshop is for both beginners and experienced growers.


Thursday, June 12

8-9 am             Registration
9-10 am           Introduction to Workshop & the World of Elderberry Production
10-10:45 am    1. From cuttings to crop in one year: Bob Macord, Mount Ida, AR
                        2. Using round bales for mulching: Torey Frees, Frees Family Farm, Redbud, IL
11-Noon          Pests and Beneficial insects you must know about:
                        1) Japanese Beetle, Sawflies & Mites, Jacob Wilson
                        2) Spotted Winged Drosophila, Jamie Pinero, Lincoln University, Jefferson City

Noon               Lunch
After lunch: Field Tour

2:30-3:15 pm   Irrigation techniques: Craig Pisarkiwicz, MPR Irrigation, St. Louis, MO
3:15-4:00 pm   Fertilization study results: Patrick Byers, Horticulture Specialist, University of Missouri
4-4:45 pm        1. Financial Assistance from NRCS, Lauren Cartwright, National Resource Conservation Service, Columbia, MO
                        2. The Financial Calculator/New Guide Sheet, Mike Gold, University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry
4:45-5:30 pm   Expo Hall: Networking, Visit vendors and see the post-harvest handling equipment

5:30 pm           Dinner and Speaker “Market Demands Across the Nation” Chris Patton, RHH Marketers, Minneapolis, MN

Friday, June 13

8:30-9:30 am   New Selection Releases, Patrick Byers, Horticulture Specialist, University of Missouri
9:30-10 am      Propagate your Own Elderberries
10:00 am         Break
10:15-11:15     Post-harvest Handling from Field to Processor, Terry Durham, River Hills Harvest, Hartsburg, MO & John Bunge, Stony Hill, MO
11:15-11:30     RHH Grower Group Advantage
11:30 am         Lunch with Mid-West Elderberry Growers Association

Registration is $60/person or $100 for two people from same farm which includes lunch and dinner on Thursday and lunch on Friday.  Hotels are available in Jefferson City.  For any questions, information about the hotels and to RSVP call 573-424-9693.

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