Feb
2
to Feb 6

9th North American Strawberry Symposium (NASS)

All members of the international strawberry community are invited to attend the 9th North American Strawberry Symposium (NASS), a meeting of strawberry growers, researchers, and other industry members from around the globe, to be held in conjunction with the annual NASGA conference, Feb. 3-6, 2019 in Orlando, Florida , USA. Florida is the US leader in winter strawberry production and features a strong partnership between Florida strawberry producers and the University of Florida.

This partnership is reflective of the purpose of this conference, which brings together growers and scientists worldwide to spur innovation.  We will kick-off the Symposium on Superbowl Sunday (Feb 3) with workshops in the afternoon, followed by a welcome reception “In The Red Zone”. We welcome you to meet and greet strawberry friends while watching the game together on a big-screen TV, or in a quieter setting nearby. We’ll enjoy two days of research presentations, marketing presentations, poster sessions and an award luncheon, followed by a post-conference tour February 6. The tour will feature a 600-acre strawberry farm, a robotic harvester demonstration, and field research at the University of Florida Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. The Program Committee is committed to making this a world-class research symposium for growers and scientists, and we look forward to seeing you in Orlando at the peak of the strawberry season.  


The deadline for submission of presentation titles has been extended to November 1, 2018.   Please submit presentation titles (designate oral or poster) to Kim.Lewers@usda.gov.

Presentations covering a wide range of topics supporting commercial strawberry are welcome. The program will highlight emerging technologies like precision agriculture, automation, and robotics. Proceedings articles from the presenters are strongly encouraged and will be published in a special issue of the International Journal of Fruit Science.  Workshop topics (Feb 3): Automation and Precision Agriculture, Physiology and Production Management, Sustainable Organic Copping Systems, Strawberry Breeding Tools and Tips, Alternatives to Fumigation, Weed Management Approaches, Insect and Mite Management, Disease Management: From Nursery to Fruit Production Fields. Registration: On-line registration or mail-in form, and more program details (abstract deadlines, keynote speakers, etc.) and opportunities for industry, organization and agency sponsorship on the NASGA website: http://www.nasga.org/.

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Webinar: Transitioning from soils to substrates - shared lessons and experiences
Sep
20
12:00 PM12:00

Webinar: Transitioning from soils to substrates - shared lessons and experiences

Managing soil borne disease, improving fruit yield and quality and reduced labour costs are some of the reasons cited by strawberry growers for making the transition from field-based production to substrate.

Click here to join growers and industry experts from different production regions as they discuss their experiences with transitioning from soil to substrates. The discussion will include why the transition was made, what was involved and what they would do differently if they had their time again during this 1 hour interactive webinar.

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Aug
22
9:45 AM09:45

VSIDC Strawberry Academy – Session 4 - Hydroponic and/or Protected Cropping Systems

The Victorian Strawberry Industry Development Committee are hosting a series of technical workshops as part of their Strawberry Academy initiative.  Click here for the full program of courses on offer.

Session Four will investigate the why and how to transition for protected cropping systems - which system works for you, presented by Tony Bundock. Contact Angela Atkinson, 0408 416 538 for further information or to RSVP.

 

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Planting native vegetation for beneficial insect habitat
Jul
31
10:30 AM10:30

Planting native vegetation for beneficial insect habitat

How do I plant a native insectary to provide habitat and nectar for beneficial insects? What have we learnt from monitoring at the demonstration sites? Click here to register for this free event which will be followed by a farm walk of the native vegetation insectarium planting at Strawberry Springs in Millgrove.

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May
23
9:45 AM09:45

VSIDC Strawberry Academy – Session 3 - Irrigation

The Victorian Strawberry Industry Development Committee are hosting a series of technical workshops as part of their Strawberry Academy initiative.  Click here for the full program of courses on offer.

Session Three will investigate the tips and tricks to make a little go a long way, presented by Tony Bundock. Contact Angela Atkinson, 0408 416 538 for further information or to RSVP.

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May
16
9:45 AM09:45

VSIDC Strawberry Academy – Session 2 – Plant nutrition de-mystified

The Victorian Strawberry Industry Development Committee are hosting a series of technical workshops as part of their Strawberry Academy initiative.  Click here for the full program of courses on offer.

Session Two will investigate the what, when and how of feeding plants to get results, presented by Tony Bundock. Contact Angela Atkinson, 0408 416 538 for further information or to RSVP.

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Apr
18
9:45 AM09:45

VSIDC Strawberry Academy - Session 1 - Getting the Dirt on Soils

The Victorian Strawberry Industry Development Committee are hosting a series of technical workshops as part of their Strawberry Academy initiative.  Click here for the full program of courses on offer.

Session One will investigate the basics of soils and associated parameters, presented by Tony Bundock. Contact Angela Atkinson, 0408 416 538 for further information or to RSVP.

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Global Berry Congress 2018
Mar
19
to Mar 21

Global Berry Congress 2018

Global Berry Congress returns to Rotterdam on 19-21 March 2018 exploring current industry trends, key challenges and future direction of berry business. It shares insight and case studies to keep you ahead of the game. Global Berry Congress just keeps getting bigger and better.

For full details, visit the congress website: http://www.berrycongress.com/

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Strawberry Innovation Networking at BerryQuest
Feb
14
5:30 PM17:30

Strawberry Innovation Networking at BerryQuest

Are you coming to BerryQuest? Do you work in the strawberry industry?

If so, come and meet with other industry members and the Strawberry Innovation team to discuss all things strawberries!

Join us at the Water Garden Bar on Level 1 of the Launceston Country Club between 5:30 to 6:30pm on Wednesday 14th February.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Oct
27
8:30 AM08:30

IPM Workshop for Strawberry Growers

Hosted by DuPont, with guest presenter Dr Paul Horne, these workshops will discuss how you can develop an IPM program for the control of major pests in strawberries. There will be an opportunity to learn about the benefits of following an IPM program as well as how to identify different types of insects.

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Oct
26
2:00 PM14:00

IPM Workshop for Strawberry Growers

Hosted by DuPont, with guest presenter Dr Paul Horne, these workshops will discuss how you can develop an IPM program for the control of major pests in strawberries. There will be an opportunity to learn about the benefits of following an IPM program as well as how to identify different types of insects.

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Oct
4
10:00 AM10:00

Hydroponic Farmers Federation Grower Meeting

The Hydroponic Farmers Federation (HFF) is holding its next Grower Meeting and Farm Walk on Wednesday 4th October at Sunnyridge Strawberry Farm.

The Hydroponic Farmers Federation Inc. is the industry grower organisation for commercial hydroponics. Membership includes growers, industry representatives and interested parties.

The day will start with a tour of Sunnyridge, followed by lunch, then a series of speakers in the afternoon.

Cost is $30 for non HFF members, free for members.

If you are interested you RSVP to John Elford

Further information available here.

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3rd International Strawberry Congress
Sep
6
to Sep 8

3rd International Strawberry Congress

Strawberries on demand; the consumer rules the future

How should we develop, grow and market strawberries? The consumer is key. The third International Strawberry Congress offers the unique combination of commercial strategy and scientific research and is directed to a broad public active or related to the strawberry culture, national and international. With this congress we aim to create a platform for networking and information exchange based on research, growing and commercialisation of strawberries for the fresh market. The program comprises two days of lectures by speakers, presentations and panel discussions, as well as one day of excursions to Hoogstraten in Belgium and Zundert in The Netherlands.

The International Strawberry Congress is an ideal opportunity to meet top business leaders in the international market today. They will share their insights and opinions with you during this three-day Congress.

For further details and registration, visit the conference website

 

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Jul
9
to Jul 12

Future Growing' APEX-BRINKMAN PCA Biennial Conference 2017

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Protected Cropping Australia is pleased to invite you to attend the APEX-BRINKMAN PCA Biennial Conference, to be held in Adelaide, South Australia from Sunday 9 July to Tuesday 12 July, 2017 at the newly renovated Adelaide Convention Centre on North Terrace.  

The theme of the conference is ‘Future Growing’ and will include a combination of business, networking and social events as well as a field trip on the final day of the conference.  There will be an impressive industry exhibition, a large variety of presentations to choose from, exciting keynote speakers, workshops and field days, the welcome reception and conference dinner. 

For more details: http://www.aomevents.com/pca2017

The Protected Cropping Industry is the fastest growing food producing sector in Australia, valued at around $1.8 billion at the farm gate per annum. This is equivalent to 20% of the value of total vegetable and cut flower production in Australia (RIRDC report HSA-9A). It is estimated that more than 10,000 people are employed directly in greenhouse horticulture throughout Australia, with the industry expanding at between 4-6% per annum. The average return on investment is between 5% and 10%. The potential return on investment for high technology greenhouse vegetable enterprises is around 20-25% per annum.

Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) is the peak industry body representing commercial hydroponic and greenhouse growers Australia wide. PCA members also include equipment and installation suppliers, specialist consultants and advisors, researchers and educators.

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May
15
to May 17

Hort Connections

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Registrations are now open for the 2017 Hort Connections to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre.  Combining the National Horticulture Convention and PMA Fresh Connections, Hort Connections is set to become the most influential space for networking, education and business for the entire fresh produce industry.
For further details and to register click here.

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Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

State Horticulture Update 2017 - Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) will hold its first State Horticulture Update for Western Australian horticulture businesses.

The inaugural event will focus on strategies that WA horticulture businesses can use to become internationally competitive. The forum supports DAFWA’s key goal to enable the agriculture and food sector to double in value by 2025.

The event will provide WA growers with access to timely market information, grower case studies and industry research to explore new market opportunities. It will feature a presentation on the ‘Pathways to competitiveness’ report, commissioned by DAFWA; panel discussions on areas including achieving international competitiveness, removing barriers to export growth, and biosecurity; and the opportunity to hear from leading horticulture businesses and industry representatives.

The Update will conclude with a networking event sponsored by Vegetables WA.

Click here to register. 

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