Leading strawberry growers and researchers to gather in Tampa
by Chip Carter | January 18, 2011
Growers and researchers from 14 countries will gather in early February in
Tampa, FL, for the 30th annual meeting of the North American Strawberry
Growers Association in conjunction with the seventh annual North American
Strawberry Symposium with a focus on "Sustaining Strawberry Production
The combined meeting will be held Feb. 8-11 at the Westshore Doubletree
Hotel in Tampa, featuring speakers from a dozen states and 14 countries. The
keynote speaker will be marketing expert Bill McCurry.
The conference will conclude with a tour of the Plant City, FL, production area
— home to 90 percent of America's winter strawberry production — and the
University of Florida’s Balm Research Center, world renowned as a strawberry
The conference will open the afternoon of Feb. 8 with four workshops
focusing on water and nutritional management; nursery propagation and
production physiology; molecular biology and biotechnology (diploid
strawberry sequencing workshop); and organic production. These will be
casual workshops with open discussion.
A welcoming reception featuring an unannounced guest speaker will follow
The general session Feb. 9 will feature discussion on topics of interest to
growers and researchers, followed by a special session on marketing led by
Mr. McCurry. Concurrent sessions Feb. 10 will feature NASS scientific
presentations and NASGA grower profiles and marketing sessions. The Plant
City and Balm Center tour are slated for Feb. 11.
For more information or to register, visit www.nasga.org, send an e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613/258-4587.