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Stateline Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference: Hard Cider Production

Friday, February 12 | noon - 1 PM, Carla Snyder, Penn State Extension
Learn about market potential for the addition of hard cider to your existing farm or orchard operation. We’ll delve into the styles, production techniques, financial benefits and reasons why hard cider is a growing trend across the nation. Carla Snyder, Penn State Extension, will share examples from new world cider makers in New Zealand and traditional artisans in the UK about how they adapt to new trends and how the growing U.S. market is changing.

Join all the sessions of this webinar series

University of Illinois Extension will host the 25th Annual Stateline Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference. This conference attracts commercial vegetable and fruit growers from farms in Illinois and Wisconsin, selling to small and/or wholesale markets, to provide them with updated production-related information from Extension specialists at  University of Illinois. This year, our conference will be delivered virtually in live webinars. Because of the breadth of content, our conference will be held over multiple dates.

The cost for the entire program, including all Thursday and Friday sessions, is $20. Participants may also register for Thursday sessions only ($10) or Friday sessions only ($15). Participants will receive access to the live presentations, handouts, and YouTube recordings of the sessions. 

Additional webinars in the series

Dr. Mohammad Babadoost and Dr. Kacie Athey, Extension specialists with University of Illinois Extension, will highlight the conference. Their talks will focus on fruit and vegetables disease and insects. The presentations will be held:

  • Fruits: Thursday, February 18 | 1 - 3:30 PM

    • Apple Insect Pests and Their Control Options, Dr. Kacie Athey
      This presentation will cover the major and minor apple insect pest growers are likely to encounter in our region. The control measures discussed will include both conventional insecticide sprays as well as cultural and biological control options. The talk will be broken down into sections with time for questions and discussion throughout.

    • Observations in 2020 and Recommendations for 2021 of Apple and Cherry Diseases, Dr. Mohammad Babadoost

  • Vegetables: Thursday, February 25 | 1 - 3:30 PM
    • Cucurbit Insect Pests, Conventional and Cultural Control Techniques, Dr. Kacie Athey
      This presentation will cover the major cucurbit insect pests and control options. This will include spray options and a discussion on insect exclusion techniques which may be of interest to conventional and organic growers alike. The talk will be broken down into sections with time for questions and discussion throughout.
    • Outcomes of the Recent Research Studies on Cucurbit and Tomato Diseases, Dr. Mohammad Babadoos 
  • February 19 | Noon - 1 PM

    • Pumpkin Varieties, Nathan Johanning, University of Illinois Extension
      Hear about current research on pumpkin variety performance in Illinois and successful weed management programs for pumpkins.

  • Friday, February 26 | noon - 1 PM
    • High Tunnel Production Updates, Bronwyn Aly, University of Illinois Extension
      Learn about basic high tunnel tomato production practices and observations on different varieties being grown in research trials in southern Illinois.

About the Conference
University of Illinois Extension specialists deliver research based information to give growers timely updates to better manage their crops for the upcoming season. We also cover topics that growers are interested hearing more about like pumpkin varieties and high tunnel production. We are thrilled to offer a live lineup of experts who can answer grower questions with evidence-based research and highlight market opportunities such as hard cider production. Offered virtually with no travel constraints, we hope to reach growers where they are and support their educational needs as we look forward the growing season.

If you will need an accommodation in order to participate, please email the contacts below. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

Grant McCarty, Local Foods and Small FarmsJo Daviess, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties
Sarah Farley, Local Foods and Small Farms Educator, Lake and McHenry Counties 

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