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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 through Science."

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 science leader.

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 that evening.

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 info@nasga.org or call 613/258-4587.