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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
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)
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
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
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.
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
Great Lakes Vegetable WG • Steering / Working Committee members so far…
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.
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?
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?