Monthly Archives: December 2015

2016 Mississippi Blueberry Workshop

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This is a great opportunity for blueberry growers to network and learn how to improve operations.

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The 2016 Mississippi Blueberry Educational Workshop will be held in Hattiesburg on January 14, 2016 from 1-5pm.  Several topics will be covered including mechanized harvest, Farm-to-School, Social Media marketing, blueberry cultivars, and disease control basics. Everyone with an interest in blueberries is invited to attend.  See the information below for details on the program.

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Local Food Economics Webinar…December 14th

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Local Food Economics Webinar…December 14th

In October 2015 the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems convened a
special one-day invitational workshop focused on the economic impacts of
local and regional food systems.  The core of the workshop was based on
a USDA-funded local food economic toolkit project (see link immediately
below);

http://www.localfoodeconomics.com/

Because there was so much interest in the workshop, the Center for
Regional Food Systems is working with the (workshop) instructors to
offer a special webinar on Monday, December 14th from 1:30 to 2:30 pm
EST.  This webinar will provide an overview of what was covered in the
October workshop. Instructors will be Dawn Thilmany and Becca Jablonski
from Colorado State University.

To  register for this webinar and receive an e-mail confirmation with
information to join the webinar (and to put on your calendar) please
click the link below

https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/3737f4e2e499c77c66858a512be5123a

You must register in order to join the webinar. The webinar will be
recorded and the link posted on the Center for Regional Food System’s
website within a few days after the webinar.  If you have questions,
please contact Rich Pirog (rspirog@msu.edu).

Travelogue: IPPS International Tour Day Five

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Travelogue:  IPPS International Tour Day Five

Day 5 of our horticultural trek across the Gulf Coast was filled with interesting stops.

We arrived at Flowerwood Nursery’s location in Loxley, AL to the welcome of Jim Van Antwerp.  Flowerwood may be best known for their production of Encore azaleas, and there semis are often seen on interstates across the USA!

Jim welcomes the group to Flowerwood.

Jim welcomes the group to Flowerwood.

 

Clive Larkman (Australia Region and Ben Gregory (Great Britain) discuss propagation at Flowerwood Nursery.

Clive Larkman (Australia Region and Ben Gregory (Great Britain) discuss propagation at Flowerwood Nursery.

Flowerwood uses a LEAN Flow model to increase efficiency of its operations.  One way to increase efficiency is to reduce down time….with the use of ROBOTS!

Robots never call in sick!

Robots never call in sick!