University of Maryland Extension

Western Maryland Regional Fruit Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Western Maryland Research and Education Center
18330 Keedysville Road
Keedysville, MD 21756
United States


FEBRUARY 16, 2017
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Western Maryland Research and Education Center (WMREC)
18330 Keedysville Road
Keedysville, Maryland 21756

COST: $30.00 per person (Includes Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and Handouts)
($40.00 after Feb 9, 2017)

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  • 8:30 - Registration & Continental Breakfast

  • 9:00 - Introduction & Overview of Program
    Dr. Joseph Fiola, Specialist in Viticulture and Small Fruit, University of Maryland Extension (UME), WMREC, Keedysville, MD.  
  • 9:10 - Nutrient Management Update & Recertification
    Keith Potter, Nutrient Management Specialist, MD Department of Agriculture, Cumberland, MD.

  • 10:30 - Pesticide Regulatory Update
    Rob Hofstetter, Entomologist, Special Programs, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Annapolis, MD.

  • 10:10 - Break & Visit Displays

  • 10:30 - Specialty Crops – High Tunnel Production of Golden Berry
    Andrew Ristvey, University of Maryland Extension Specialist, Commercial Horticulture, Wye Research and Education  Center, Queenstown, MD    
  • 11:00 - Sensor Technology for Improving Frost Protection and IrrigationTiming in Strawberry Production
    Dr. John Lea-Cox, Professor, Nursery Research and Extension Specialist & Bruk Belayneh, Lab Research Technician & Ph.D. Candidate University of Maryland, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, College Park, MD.

  • 11:40 - TBA



  • 12:10 - Lunch and Visit Displays

  • 1:10 - MSHS & Maryland Apple Promotion Board Update
    Bill Gardenhour, Apple Promotion Board Update, Gardenhour Orchards, Smithsburg, MD.; Wade Butler, President, Maryland State Horticultural Society, Butler Orchards,Germantown, MD.

  • 1:25 - Update on FSMA Regulations and Implementations
    Justine Beaulieu, Faculty Research Assistant/GAP Educator, University of Maryland, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, College Park, MD. & David A. Martin, Extension Educator, University of Maryland Extension-Baltimore County Office, Cockeysville, MD

  • 1:45 - Current Research on Spotted Wing Drosophila Management in Small Fruits
    Dr. Kelly Hamby, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Entomology, Department of Entomology, University of Maryland , College Park, MD

  • 2:25 - Break & Visit Displays

  • 2:45 - Current Research on Trap and Kill Management of Spotted Winged Drosophila
    Kevin Rice, Post-doctoral Research Scientist, Entomology, USDA-ARS, Appalachian Fruit Research Station, Kearneysville, WV.

  • 3:15 - BMSB Threat to Fruit Orchards—The USDA Experience
    Brent Short, Biological Science Lab Technician & Dr.Tracy Leskey, Research Scientist, Entomology, USDA-ARS Appalachian Fruit Research Station, Kearneysville, WV.

  • 4:00+ - Discussion Questions, Comments, Pesticide and Nutrient Management Recertification, Program Evaluation, and Adjourn

Snow Date - In the case of severe weather, call our main line 301-432-2767. A message will be listed by 7:00 a.m. stating the status of the meeting.

Accommodations /Assistance - Our facility is handicap accessible. Please contact us if you need special assistance.

Questions?  Call Susan Barnes 301-432-2767 x301 or e-mail

Attendance at this meeting qualifies as recertification for individuals possessing a current and valid Private Maryland Pesticide Applicator’s license and to receive Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for Nutrient Management.

The University of Maryland Extension programs are open to all and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.


$30.00 ($40 after Feb. 9)
Susan Barnes
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