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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Diversifying vineyards for hops production and wines made from
Arkansas grapes will be among the topics presented at the Arkansas Association of
Grape Growers 2019 Conference, Trade Show and Reception on Nov. 1.
The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Don Tyson Center for Agricultural
Sciences at the Milo J. Shult Agricultural Research and Extension Center on Garland
Avenue in Fayetteville.
Presentations will be held throughout the day including five from University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture scientists and specialists.
A reception featuring Arkansas wines, including wines made from grapes developed by
the Division of Agriculture fruit breeding program, will begin at 4:30 p.m. Renee
Threlfall, a research scientist in the division’s food science department, will discuss
her research on some of the wines served, she said.
“We are excited to share with attendees the insights on potential Division of Agriculture
wine grape selections,” Threlfall said.
John Clark, Distinguished Professor of Horticulture and Division of Agriculture fruit
breeder, will talk about how the wine grape plants perform in Arkansas growing conditions,
Other Division of Agriculture presenters includes Amanda McWhirt, fruit and vegetable
extension specialist; Jackie Lee, director of the Fruit Research Station; and horticulture
professor Elena Garcia.
Garcia will present “The Potential for High Tunnel Grape Production in Arkansas.”
McWhirt, Lee and Threlfall will present “Diversifying Vineyards for Hops Production.”
The AAGG annual business meeting will also be held at the event and AAGG scholarship
and achievement awards will be presented.
“This is the first time that the AAGG has ever met in Fayetteville, so we will be
able to showcase the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station’s new Don Tyson Center
for Agricultural Sciences building,” Threlfall said.
Registration costs $50 for AAGG members and University of Arkansas System employees
and students. The fee is $100 for nonmembers. The registration and payment deadline
for the event is Oct. 21. Registration forms can be found online at http://bit.ly/AAGG-ConfReg2019.
For check payments, mail checks and registration forms to AAGG/Conference, PO Box
104, Altus, AR 72821. For credit card payment, pay on the AAGG website by clicking
“Online Payments” and then mail the registration form to AAGG or email the registration
form to email@example.com. If registering multiple attendees, email
a list of names to AAGG.
For more information contact Renee Threlfall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural
Experiment Station website: https://aaes.uark.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch and Instagram at ArkAgResearch.
To learn about Extension Programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension
Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @UAEX_edu.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex,
gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Media Contact: Fred MillerU of A Division of AgricultureArkansas Agricultural Experiment Station(479) email@example.com