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2023 Virtual Orchard Meetup Summer Series

Please join us for our 3rd season of North American Virtual Orchard Meetups:

Managing the Uncontrollable

June 15, 29 and July 13

7:00pm EST

Over the past decade growers have been forced to confront wildly fluctuating winter temperatures, uneven and often excessively heavy precipitation events, and extreme temperatures coupled with extended droughts.  We will showcase growers confronting these issues head-on and researchers who are leading the development of solutions to these challenges facing industry. Viewers are invited to share solutions, ask questions, and interact with the specialists and panelists. 

The schedule of topics is as follows:

  • Thursday, June 15 – COLD
  • Thursday, June 29 – WATER
  • Thursday, July 13 – HEAT

While each meeting builds off the one preceding it – and we hope you can attend all three – they also function as “standalone” meetings should you be unable to attend them all.

Pre-registration is not required to attend. Simply go to to join a few minutes prior to the start of each meeting.

Hosted by extension specialists across North America:

  • Kristy Grigg-McGuffin (OMAFRA)
  • Lindsay Hainstock (BC-AF)
  • Katelyn Hengel (BC-AF)
  • Emily Lavely (MSU)
  • Bernardita Sallato (WSU)
  • Mario Miranda Sazo (CCE LOF)
  • Anna Wallis (CCE)
  • Daniel E. Weber (PSU)

This effort is being conducted in close collaboration with the International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA), the AI Institute for Transforming Workforce & Decision Support (AgAID), and the Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture (CIDA).

Whether you are a fruit grower with ample experience, one that has modest experience, or one that is just getting started, the Virtual Orchard Meetups will be the right setting for you to ask questions and find alternative solutions.

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