The Pacific Northwest will welcome pear industry researchers, experts, growers and marketers from around the world to the 2017 INTERPERA Congress In Wenatchee, WA. This is the 10th meeting of this world-wide pear conference and the first time held in the USA. The two-day conference will feature presentations from world experts on topics like emerging pear varieties, high-density planting, rootstock, harvest and packaging house mechanization, integrated pest management successes, export trade flows, and successful practices for building demand for pears in consumer markets.
The first day of the congress ($125) will be held in the state-of-the-art Wenatchee Confluence Center culminating in a reception and dinner at the nearby Chateau Faire Le Pont winery and restaurant.
Highlights of the second day ($80) include tours of orchards with high-density pear planting and an opportunity to see a leading fresh-cut apple slicing operation. Lunch will be served in an orchard alongside the Wenatchee River.
For more information and registration visit the INTERPERA website: http://interpera.weebly.com/the-congress.html. The registration link is about halfway down their page.
The event is organized by the AREFLH, the Assembly of the European Regions Producing Fruit, Vegetables and Ornamental Plants www.areflh.org, and the USA pear industry including Pear Bureau Northwest and the California Pear Advisory Board.
Sponsorships are also available for industry vendors and affiliates.
Current Gold level sponsors: AgroFresh, NW Hort Expo, UniTec
Current Silver level sponsors: Phytelligence, VanWell Nursery
Current Bronze level sponsors: TRECO, Varieties International, Cameron Nursery LLC, Northwests Wholesale INC, C&O Nursery, Blue Bird, Chamberlain Agriculture