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Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group History and Direction. Tri-State Meetings In the beginning…. Annual meetings began ca. 1960 Discuss current research, field studies, trends, etc. within the industry University specialists 15-20 people each year Industry representatives

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Great Lakes Vegetable Working GroupHistory and Direction


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Tri-State MeetingsIn the beginning…

  • Annual meetings began ca. 1960

  • Discuss current research, field studies, trends, etc. within the industry

  • University specialists

    • 15-20 people each year

  • Industry representatives

    • 5-10 people each year

  • Early focus on processing crops (tomatoes, pickling cucumber, asparagus, snap beans, peppers, cauliflower)


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Tri-State Meetings

  • Began to include Ontario ca. 1970.

  • Decline / Shift in processing industry (Midwest) late 90’s

  • Belt tightening in industry and University environments

  • Increased responsibilities forced reprioritizing of specialist’s time and commitments

  • Slow decline in TSM attendance, only university personnel

  • At March 2004 TSM, vowed to invigorate group or disband


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Great Lakes Vegetable WG

  • Pursue funding?

  • Rotate the meeting site?

  • Liz Maynard, Purdue, Hannah Stevens, MSU, Janice LeBeouf, OMAF, Jim Jasinski, OSU

  • Oct. 2004, NCR IPMC WG Grant Funded

  • 1 year grant, with two possible 1 year renewals

  • TSM became the GLVWG

  • Currently 11 States and 1 Province


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Great Lakes Vegetable WG

  • Mission: To form a communication network for specialists with responsibilities to the vegetable industry throughout the North Central and Great Lakes region.


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Great Lakes Vegetable WG

Objectives

  • Formation of a listserv (146 specialists)

  • Creation of GLVWG Website

  • Support Annual Meeting (rotate site)

  • Form Steering / Working Committee to assess IPM adoption in vegetable crops

    • Create and distribute IPM survey

  • Collect and analyze IPM survey

    • States will have adoption rate benchmarks for certain crops

  • Form focus groups convened by commodity

    • Get impressions survey, validate/challenge survey data


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Great Lakes Vegetable WG

  • Steering / Working Committee members so far…


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Great Lakes Vegetable WG

Incentive…

  • Inside track on future NCR IPM Center grants utilizing Working Group objectives or survey results.(?)

    Work to be Done…

  • Need to complete the IPM surveys to see what issues / areas need to be addressed.


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Great Lakes Vegetable WG

Discussion points:

Purpose or reason for GLVWG to exist

  • Why attend this meeting? What was the attraction?

  • What do you expect to get out of this meeting?

  • Should Industry/NGO/Commodity groups be included in listserv and invited to annual conference?

  • How do we make this meeting different (important / special / unique) from other vegetable meetings?


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Great Lakes Vegetable WG

Discussion points:

Purpose or reason for GLVWG to exist

  • Does this group focus on larger, broad issues spanning states and provinces?

  • GLVWG set up to service all veg. crops, or only processing or fresh market?

  • Focused on IPM or general horticulture topics?

  • What is the benefit of belonging to this group?


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