Texas Fruit Conference
October 28 @ 8:00 am - October 30 @ 5:00 pm
The Texas Fruit Conference dates have been set for October 28th-30th, 2019.
We will again meet in New Braunfels again for our fourth consecutive year. Attempts to find a host site in College Station were not successful, so apologies to those of you who wanted a return to Aggie-Land in 2019. We will instead bring Aggie-Land to New Braunfels for an informative and enjoyable 8th annual conference!
Here are the key notes about this year’s event to mark your calendars for:
- You asked for him, and we are excited to announce that Dr. John Clark, Distinguished Professor of Horticulture, University of Arkansas, will be our featured guest speaker. Dr. Clark’s breeding program in Arkansas is responsible for the introduction of numerous floricane and primocane-fruiting blackberries that have had significant influence on commercial blackberry production worldwide. He has also contributed greatly to peach and grape production in the Southeastern U.S. Interacting with Dr. Clark is a tremendous opportunity for fruit growers in Texas.
- Post-conference field tour focusing on protected culture of fruit crops. A third (optional) half-day of education will be offered in Fredericksburg, Texas (1.5 hours from New Braunfels). We will be touring Studebaker Farms, a leading Texas producer of high-tunnel peaches, and the Viticulture and Fruit Lab’s Sustainable Fruit Orchard. Additional sites are being planned.
- Taste of Texas Fruits Reception. We again look forward to highlighting fresh Texas-grown fruit and value-added products in our annual conference networking and social event. See and taste the best fruit, and fruit products Texas has to offer in October.
- Diverse educational program and Pesticide CEU’s. As usual, we plan to cover many bases on established and emerging fruit crops. Our goal is to provide a blend of introductory and advanced orchard production and marketing topics to make the Texas Fruit Conference a starting point for new growers and a worthy educational experience for growers who have been at it for many years.
- October is a wonderful time to enjoy the Texas Hill Country. Wurstfest New Braunfels starts Nov. 1, and there are many reasons to come to the Texas Fruit Conference and stay around afterward…
- Schedule change for this year. The conference begins Monday morning this year, with fruit tasting at 4 pm. Tuesday program will be 9am to 4pm. Lunch provided both days.
Online Registration Link: http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/
Fees this year: Conference regular: $100 per person online ($85 if registered by 9/15); Post-Conference tour: $35 per person; Conference and tour combo package is $110 per person when registered online. In person registration fee (day of event) is $110 per person (conference) and $40 (tour). Lunch is included this year all three days.
In New Braunfels: Faust Hotel & Brewing Co. (https://www.fausthotel.com/). This is historic hotel is one block away from the New Braunfels Civic Convention Center, and offers rooms ranging from $69/night (Single w/double bed); $89/night (Std. Queen); $109 (Deluxe Queen) to Standard King for $129/night. Ask for Texas Fruit Conference Rates by October 10th. Availability is first come-first serve.
In Fredericksburg: Our program in Fredericksburg will start 9:00 am on Wednesday, Oct. 30th. Participants may drive from New Braunfels (about 1.5 hours drive) or stay in Fredericksburg. A wide variety of accomodations are available.
Questions about the Texas Fruit Conference can be directed to Monte Nesbitt—(979) 862-1218; MLNesbitt@tamu.edu