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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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tri state meetings in the beginning
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?