Polson, Mont. – The Montana Cherry Advisory Committee and the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) will be hosting the Montana Cherry Symposium at the Kwa Tuq Nuk Resort in Polson on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. The symposium will bring together cherry industry experts, producers, and providers to discover new tools to expand the cherry industry and their businesses in Montana. The symposium is sponsored by Flathead Lake Cherry Growers, Glacier Fresh Cherries, Monson Fruit Company and Westland Seed.
“Montana’s cherry industry is vibrant and unique and we are excited to bring together this exciting industry,” said MDA Director Ron de Yong. “This is also a great opportunity for our producers to interact with industry experts and network with other producers.”
Speakers will address topics such as pruning, nutrition, crop management, post crop handling, soil enhancement and orchard management. Participants will be able to extract DNA from the fruit during the one of the breakout sessions. Producer and speaker panels will address questions that directly affect Montana cherry growers.
Registration is $30.00 and includes light breakfast, lunch and a reception. A tour of the Glacier Fresh packing facility will be held on Tuesday, September 13. Those interested in attending the symposium can register by visiting http://goo.gl/PvSwkR.
Montana sweet cherries, commonly referred to as Flathead cherries, are a favorite treat during the summer months. They are primarily grown around the Flathead Lake area because of the moister, warmer lake climate.
Source: The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries. For more information on the Montana Department of Agriculture, visit www.agr.mt.gov.