SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Cornell’s Dr. Gregory Peck will be leading the sessions to highlight NY’s progression in Hard Cider research and extension. Join us Thursday, January 18 at the Empire Producers Expo in MP Room 9 of the SRC Arena & Events center from 2-5 PM to hear and taste much more!
The first session is from 2-3:15 PM and features a presentation on The New York State Supply Chain by Lindsey Pashow of the CCE Harvest NY Team. Lindsey oversaw a survey that has given the Hard Cider industry a roadmap and has identified strengths as well as barriers to growth. Dr. Susan Brown of Cornell will present on Breeding Apples for the Cider Industry. Come hear about the exciting new hard cider varieties being developed by Dr. Browns’ breeding program. The first session will close with Dr. Peck leading a Panel Discussion: Reflecting on England’s Cider Orchards and How We Grow Cider Apples. Greg and other researchers and growers recently took an extensive tour of England’s cider orchards. Participate in a discussion about how we can use what we learned to advance NY’s emerging cider industry.
Following the first session, there will be an intersession of the Hard Cider Program Work Team (PWT). The Cornell Hard Cider PWT is a multi-disciplinary group of Cornell researchers, instructors, extension educators, and industry stakeholders who collaborate on Cornell’s hard cider activities. Greg Peck, Chris Gerling, Lindsey Pashow, and Craig Kahlke are the PWT Co-chairs. Anyone is welcome to attend and participate in the discussion of further details of research and extension and future activities. The meeting is from 3:15-3:45 PM in the same room.
Finally, come to the second session from 3:45-5 PM (same location) to taste some of the fantastic and award-winning hard ciders being produced by NY’s cideries.
NY has over 90 producers, the most in the US. Please attend the Hard Cider Sessions at the Expo to learn and participate in helping us continue to build this great industry!
The 2018 Empire State Producers Expo is January 16-18 at the SRC Arena in Syracuse, NY. This annual show combines the major fruit, flower and vegetable associations of New York State in order to provide a comprehensive trade show and educational conference for New York producers, as well as neighboring states and Eastern Canada. In years past over 100 presentations were given by Cornell Cooperative Extension personnel and highly regarded speakers from across the country. Panel discussions feature some of the top industry experts and growers in New York. Between educational sessions, attendees can visit the trade show featuring over 150 commercial vendors and non-profit exhibitors.
Session topics include commodity specific programs in berries, cabbage, snap beans, peas, beets, carrots, fruiting vegetables (tomatoes, peppers), cut flowers, tree fruit, sweet corn, tomato, onion, Cole crops, root crops, vine crops, and emerging markets (hops, malting barley, mushrooms, hemp, hard cider); and multidisciplinary programs in precision irrigation, weed management, soil health, biopesticides, beginning farmer operations, marketing, greenhouse production, climate and forecast models, GMOs, and wildlife management. DEC pesticide recertification credits and Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits will be offered during the appropriate educational sessions.
For more information about the Expo and to register, visit the NYS Vegetable Growers Association website at nysvga.org/expo.
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