Jan 12, 2023
IFTA conference early registration deadline approaching

The deadline is nearing for early discounts at the International Fruit Tree Association’s Annual Conference and Tour.

The event, scheduled for Feb. 12-15 at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, Michigan, includes two full days of speakers and presentations and a day of orchard tours.

Participants who register by Jan. 21 can take advantage of the early bird registration and save $100, according to conference organizers. Registration ranges from $40.00 to $650.00, with the latter including full registration. As the discounted hotel room block expires Jan. 20, hotel reservations can be made by following the link to the booking website.

In its 66th year, the event will include a large number of educational sessions covering a variety of tree fruit topics, including apples, pears, cherries and peaches from researchers at Michigan State University, UC Davis, Clemson University, Cornell University, University of Minnesota, Penn State University and the University of Tasmania.


Sessions include

  • Taking Stock of Future Challenges
  • The Changing Climate
  • Farm Labor in the 2020s
  • Taking Stock of Future Varieties
  • Intricacies of Peach Fruit Texture
  • Taking Stock of Future Rootstocks
  • Cherry, pear and apple rootstock updates
  • Maintaining a Productive Efficient Orchard
  • Multileader Apple and Pear Systems
  • Building Dynamic Soil Biodiversity
  • Orchard Irrigation
  • Tree Fruit Nutrition
  • Orchard Plant Growth Regulators
  • Future Orchard Technologies
  • Orchard Covering Systems
  • Smart Weed Sprayers

A Women’s Network Dinner is also scheduled. A relaxed, evening panel discussion called “Mentorship: A Two-Way Benefit” will celebrate those who have helped pave the way for women in tree fruit and welcome young women who have decided to pursue careers in tree fruit, according to IFTA.


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