2024 Annual MFGA Summer Meeting

Wednesday, July 10, 2024 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

UMass Cold Spring Orchard

391 Sabin Street, Belchertown, MA 01007

FREE to active MFGA members, $20 for each non-member in attendance. Please pre-register here!

!!!Pre-registration deadline is June 28!!! This allows us to plan for enough food for everyone. Registration Deadline: Friday, June 28, 2024 - 12:00pm Link to register here.

The morning field tour will include updates on MFGA funded research.

The afternoon session will feature a presentation from Dr. Laura Nixon: Laura Nixon earned her PhD in Chemical Ecology from the BioProtection Research Centre at Lincoln University, New Zealand with a project on border biosecurity of brown marmorated stink bug. From there she worked as a post doc at the USDA-ARS with Tracy Leskey, looking at invasion, management, and chemical ecology of invasive insects, including spotted lanternfly and spotted wing drosophila. Laura is currently in a post doc position with Anne Neilsen of Rutgers and Tracy Leskey, based at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station in West Virginia, focusing on behavioral and chemical ecology and IPM of invasive and persistent native orchard pests. Talk title: Integrated pest management tools for key Lepidopteran pests of apple and peach orchards: What works for our region? Monitoring tools and non-chemical management strategies are vital components of IPM in tree fruit. Presented here are evaluations of commercially available products for codling moth, oriental fruit moth, dogwood borer, peachtree borer, and lesser peachtree borer. This includes differences in lure efficacy and how that relates to threshold-based treatments for each species and how to integrate mating disruption tactics into “non-compliant” orchard blocks.

Thank you to the sponsors of the MFGA Summer meeting!

Nutrien Ag Solutions

Helena Agri Enterprises


Vestaron Crop Protection


SSR Equipment Inc.


Farm Credit East

Brookdale Fruit Farm