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The Montana Department of Agriculture and the Montana Cherry Advisory Committee invite you to attend a day full of activities in CELEBRATION of the Montana cherry industry. You will enjoy the day interacting with fellow growers and knowledgeable professionals involved in the cherry industry from Montana Oregon, Washington and Canada.
Topics will include: Pre-harvest, harvest, irrigation, winter injury, soils, pruning and horticulture. Booths of interest will also be available.
Lunch will be served at noon along with entertainment from fellow grower and comedian Frank Kuntz.
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Matt has been leading an applied physiology research and extension program at WSU since 2002. His team investigates the factors that limit consistent, efficient, and sustainable production of superlative fruit. In particular he is most interested in whole tree physiology, orchard architecture, automation in fruit production systems, environmental control of fruit quality, and pollination biology.
Peter Toivonen has been a postharvest physiologist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada since 1998 and is currently focused on characterization of storage and shipping potential for newly developed apple and sweet cherry cultivars at the Summerland Research and Development Centre. His main research interests are postharvest biology and stress physiology and understanding the impact of preharvest factors on postharvest performance in tree fruit.
Desirae was raised on her family farm in north-central Montana. Knowing that agriculture is in her blood, she attended Montana State University Northern and attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, minored in Applied Agriculture and received a certificate in Agricultural Mechanics Technology. Before graduating college she started her career as an Agronomy Production Specialist for Mountain View Co-op in her home town. This led her to become the Interim Manager for a short time, and she continued her education by attending Raven’s "Top Gun School" (Geographical Information Systems for agriculture equipment). Desirae supported the company's customers regionwide through precision agriculture while gaining a commercial applicators license and attending multiple sales, agronomy, and nutrition courses. This aided her drive for customer satisfaction, however, this did not satisfy her wish for diversity.
Desirae’s ambition and interest in variety and location drove her to Ronan in 2016 for an opportunity to work with her love of small grains, legumes, cantaloupe, alfalfa, and hay, plus the addition of new crops such as spearmint, potatoes, melons, and fruit crops including the famous Flathead Cherries. The opportunity was too great to deny. Today she aids managing the agronomy department and specializes in production agriculture and crop protection for Westland Seed and its customers.
Dr. Kuntz's presentation (from the piano) emphasizes the value of music, humor and laughter in building meaningful relationships He presents a variety of piano compositions and styles with humor along with anecdotes that fortify the value of music and the piano in the home and workplace.
Jack began serving in Lake County shortly after the disastrous freeze in 1989 that devastated the cherry industry, killing thousands of trees. Jack has participated in helping the Flathead cherry industry in many ways. Above all however, Cherries are Jack’s favorite fruit.
Dr. Stelios Viazis obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota focusing on Food Safety Microbiology with a minor in Public Health. He served for 5 years as a microbiologist and team leader for the FDA Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) Network, responding to food-borne illness outbreaks. He is currently a consumer safety officer as part of the Produce Safety Network, charged with assisting state partners in the Western Region in the implementation of the new Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule.
Room #1 - Michel/Victor
What should the orchard of the future look like? How can it efficiently and consistently yield high quality fruit? This presentation will describe orchard systems research and a vision for utilizing mechanization and automation for producing cherries. In addition, we will discuss flowering and pollination biology and new research to help growers achieve high yields every year.
Room #2 - Alexander
Stelios will be speaking mostly about the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule and the FDA Produce Safety Network. Implementation of the Produce Safety Rule provides unique opportunities and challenges, including recognition of regional differences in growing practices, and increased reliance on state regulatory partners. A brief overview of the rule will be presented and discussed.
Room #3 - Koostahtah
How do you get your cherries from tree to table? We’ll discuss and demonstrate methods to avoid damaging fruit, protect fruit from sun exposure, ensure high quality fruits, and other practices that influence how your fruits travel. What we do on the front end determines what our customer buys!
Room #4 - Charlo
Desirae will be giving market updates and sharing some hot topic information with you. If you are interested in the chemicals that are being used, what is available or not, understanding the package sizing, new products available and help in comparing costs of product these topics will be included in this breakout. Desirae wants to hear from you and looks forward to conversing about product and market information.
Spend the day on the beautiful shores of Flathead Lake. To extend your stay and spend a night relaxing, register at www.kwataqnuk.com, or call (406) 883-3636.