Update on First Bunch Grape Extension Meeting: Change of Address

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Dear Friends,

Due to the overwhelming interest in this meeting, we decided to move the location:

We will hold the meeting at

Surry Community College

630 South Main Street

Dobson, NC


This meeting will be split in two parts:
Education in the morning
Developing and building extension teams in the afternoon 

This meeting is developed for growers and extension personnel.

1.) Where and when?
Date: Monday, August 6, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Surry Community College, 630 South Main Street, Dobson, NC.
Please follow the signs to parking and the event. The event will take place in the A-Building, right across the Shelton-Badgett Viticulture and Enology Center.
2.) Agenda:

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.:

Registration, Coffee, Snacks

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: 

Educational Sessions 

  • 9:00 – 9:40: Wayne Mitchem (NCSU): Vineyard Weed Control and how to calibrate a Sprayer
  • 9:40 – 10:20: Tremain Hatch (Virginia Tech): Vineyard Establishment, Spur and Cane Pruning
  • 10:20 – 11:00: Sarah Bowman (SCC): Options for Managing Excessive Vine Vigor in Established Vineyards
  • 11:00 – 11:40: Sara Spayd (NCSU): Grape Varieties and Species
  • 11:40 – 12:20: Hannah Burrack and Mark Hoffmann (NCSU): What we know and don’t know about insect and disease management in southeastern vineyards
  • 12:20 – 1:00: Stephan Sommer (ASU): Basics of Winemaking

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: 

Lunch Break (provided)

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.: 

Team Building

  • 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Break-out sessions: Groups of agents, growers and specialists develop main extension objectives
  • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Discussion of extension goals; Identification of extension team chair; Follow-up steps

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (optional for Extension Personnel):

Tour of the SBVE Center at Surry Community College with Sarah Bowman

3.) Costs:
The meeting is at no cost. But you need to register for the meeting through the online registration form.
A big thank you to Patricia Fritzolowski from the NC Winegrowers Association for the support and making the connections. Catering is provided by Debbie Hoover.
Thank you so much to Sarah Bowman, David Bower and Cheryl Fielder from Surry Community College for hosting us.
See you all soon,