Masthead 2015

Make plans to attend the 4th annual Texas Fruit Conference, October 5th & 6th, College Station Hilton & Conference Center, 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.

New Faces: This year we are partnering with Southern Fruit Fellowship, a chapter of North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX) with members in several Gulf Coast States. SFF is holding their annual meeting at the Texas Fruit Fellowship and sponsoring two lectures on Tuesday (see details in the program schedule).

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

This 4rthFall Fruit Conference in Aggieland features exciting topics: –

¨  Opening session, Monday afternoon—Peach tree pruning, grafting, home orchard insecticides, more

¨  Networking reception, Monday evening, College Station Hilton & Conference Center

¨  Tuesday session—strawberries, kiwifruit, walnuts, honeybees,  brown rot management, organic fruit, more.

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

Featured Speakers:

  • Dr. George Ray McEachern will discuss the fruit orchard’s foundation—site, soil and water
  • Dr. David Byrne—protected culture of fruits in China
  • Russ Studebaker, Studebaker Farms-Fredericksburg—Experiences in fruit growing and marketing
  • Dr. David Creech, Stephen F. Austin University—Kiwifruit in Texas
  • William D. ‘Bill’ Adams—Jujube

Southern Fruit Fellowship Lectures:

Dr. Ethan Natelson—Dwarf Severinia citrus rootstock, Mr. Randell Verhoek, Sustainable Beekeeping

AgriLife Extension Speakers:

Larry Stein, Jim Kamas, Monte Nesbitt, David Appel, Sheila McBride, Bill Ree, Andrew Labay

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

Where is it? Hilton College Station & Conference Center, 801 University Drive East, College Station, Texas 77840, (979) 693-7500;

Guest Room Rates: $149; Deadline to reserve rooms –September 13th

Hotel Group Code: Hort15

How do I register? Online Registration is at

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 7th, for $125/person for both events

For more information? Contact Monte Nesbitt (979) 862-1218,


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