Dear colleagues and friends,

I am very happy to announce the first our first Muscadine Extension Team Building effort for North Carolina.
This meeting focuses on developing and building extension teams and to coordinate extension efforts around the muscadine industry in the Southeast.

This meeting focus primarily on extension personnel, but we want specifically reach out to interested growers as well.

1.) Where and when?
Date: Tuesday, August 14th, 2018
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Location: LuMil Vineyards, 438 Suggs-Taylor Road, Elizabethtown, NC
2.) Reasoning:
On a long-term scale we want to provide value to the whole grape industry in the Southeast. We want to do so by establishing multi-state extension teams for a optimal support of growers and the development of sound multi-state research efforts. 
We hope that those teams will be the ‘go-to team’ for the grape industry in the Southeast, and will be able to identify and address the needs of the regional industry, participate in research and extension efforts, and will be included to develop region-wide research and extension proposals.
3.) Agenda:

8:30am – 9am:

Registration and Coffee

9 am -1 pm: 

Educational Sessions (max. 30 min talk + 10 min. for discussion)

  • 9 – 9:40: Patrick Connor (UGA): Selection of muscadine cultivars for the fresh market
  • 9:40 – 10:20: Elina Convea (Auburn): Common problems in grape production in Alabama
  • 10:20 – 11: Phil Brannen (UGA): Muscadine Disease Management in the Southeast
  • 11 – 11:40: Hannah Burrack (NCSU): What we know and don’t know about insect management in southeastern muscadines
  • 11:40 – 12:20: Cain Hickey (UGA): Introducing projects on muscadine production
  • 12:20 – 1pm: Mark Hoffmann (NCSU): Known and Unknowns in Muscadine Production

1 – 2 pm: 

Lunch Break (provided)


2 pm – 4 pm: 

Team Building

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


4.) Registration:


Registration is required: Please register for the meeting here:



5.) Who is invited:


Please reach out to everyone you think might be interested in this, especially extension agents and interested growers.



See you all soon,
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