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Make plans to attend the 3rd annual Texas Fruit Conference, October 6th & 7th, Hilton Garden Inn, College Station, Texas

What is it? The Texas Fruit Conference is an educational program by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, aimed at bringing together commercial and recreational fruit growers from around the state to hear and discuss the challenges and successes of fruit growing in Texas.

This program offers valuable information updates to seasoned fruit growers while providing persons with no experiences in orchard management a place to learn how to get started.

This 3rd Fall Fruit Conference in Aggieland features exciting topics:-

¨ New grower session, Monday afternoon—site prep., soil diseases, water quality, bare-root nursery stock, peach varieties, & marketing  considerations

¨ Networking reception, Monday evening, Hilton Garden Inn

¨ General session—olives, pears, citrus, blackberries, pomegranates, cotton root rot management, muscadines

¨ Pomegranate fruit variety tasting! Sample some of the newest pomegranate varieties in Texas trials.

Featured Speakers:

  • Dr. Arlie Powell, Retired Auburn University Extension Specialist and fruit grower with Petals from the Past Nursery, Jemison, Alabama—will discuss alternative blackberry training and locally grown fruit
  • Dr. George Ray McEachern will discuss history & potential of pear production in Texas
  • Dr. David Byrne—peach varieties for Texas
  • Gary Marburger, Marburger Farms-Fredericksburg—Experiences in fruit growing and marketing
  • Larry Don Womack—How to be successful with bare-root nursery stock

AgriLife Extension Speakers: Larry Stein, Jim Kamas, Monte Nesbitt, David Appel, Sheila McBride, Erfan Vafaie, Justin Scheiner, Marco Palma

Click Here to view the full program: 2014 Texas Fruit Conference Program

When is it? Registration begins 12 Noon, Monday, October 6th, presentations 1:00 pm-5:00 pm; Tuesday October 7th; presentations 8:30 am-5:00 pm.

Where is it? Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center; 3081 University Dr E, Bryan, TX 77802; Phone:(979) 703-7919; http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/texas/hilton-garden-inn-college-station-CLLGIGI/index.html

Guest Room Rates: $129; Deadline to reserve rooms –September 8th

Alternate Hotel: Ramada Inn, College Station, 506 Earl Rudder Freeway South, College Station, TX 77840 (Hwy 6 & University behind Olive Garden & Home Depot on the feeder road); Reservation by phone only (979)-846-0300. The group name is: “Fruit Conference”

How do I register? Online Registration is at http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/

Cost $80.00/person online before 9/25/14. On-site registration $90.00

Or Combine registration with Texas High Tunnel Conference ($55/person), Wednesday October 8th, for $125/person for both events


For more information? Contact Monte Nesbitt (979) 862-1218, MLNesbitt@tamu.edu


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