Jan 6, 2022
2022 Wisconsin Cranberry School goes virtual

The Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association (WSCGA) has changed its upcoming Cranberry School to a virtual event.

“The health and safety of our cranberry community, speakers, and Cranberry School attendees is our No. 1 priority,” a WSCGAnews release stated. “After careful consideration, in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic’s current trajectory, the WSCGA Board of Directors has decided to cancel the in-person event and move it to a virtual platform. To ensure the safety of our community, Cranberry School will now be held as a two-day virtual meeting, Jan. 19-20, 2022.

This decision included cancelling the WSCGA Trade Show. The Pesticide Applicator Training and Testing session scheduled to run concurrent with the first day of the School has also been cancelled. Growers have opportunities to obtain the training and certification at the additional regional cranberry sessions scheduled by Allison Jonjak of University of Wisconsin Extension.

Please note:

  • Registration fees for the School will be reduced to $50 per person for members, $75 for nonmembers.
  • We made some minor adjustments to the agenda to provide participants with a little more break time during the school.
  • Registration remains open at https://wcref.regfox.com/wisconsin-cranberry-school
  • If you have already registered:
    • You will receive an email with instructions and access codes for the virtual event.
    • You will receive a refund for the difference between your original registration and the reduced rate.
    • If you made a room reservation at the Wilderness Resort, we would encourage you to cancel it now. You will be able to do so without paying any fees or penalties. Please call 1-800-867-9453 to cancel your reservation.

“The decision was made out of concern for the safety and health of cranberry community,” the news release stated. “We are working hard to transition to a virtual format and are confident that we will be able to provide a high-quality program for you. We have gained experience in conducting the school in a virtual format last year. We anticipate that we will do even better this year.”

The change does have financial implications for the WSCGA due to lost revenue from registration and the Trade Show cancellation.

“Despite these impacts we believe the right thing to do is to err on the side of caution for the protection of your health and safety,” the release stated.

“We know everyone worked hard to develop the winter event and was looking forward to meeting in person. Those efforts will still result in a quality educational experience for the grower community.”

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