|Gettysburg Study Tour|
July 16-17, 2013
Almost 150 years ago, Union and Confederate forces battled in the orchards and farms surrounding Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Sherfy Peach Orchard, site of fierce fighting, and several other farms are now part of the Gettysburg National Battlefield. The Battle of Gettysburg marked a turning point in the American Civil War.
The 2013 Study Tour was held July 16-17, in Gettysburg, Pa., USA. Following sell-out attendance for the 2012 Quebec Study Tour, this year's tour in the heart of Pennsylvania orchard country did not disappoint!
Heritage and Innovation were showcased during the 2013 IFTA Study Tour. Participants enjoyed a barbecue at the Round Barn Orchard on the first night of the tour. The Young Grower Alliance (YGA) led the planning for the tour, which included optional opportunities to visit orchards in Bedford County on July 15, and in Thurmont, Md., on July 18. The Historic Gettysburg Hotel was the tour headquarters. Tara Baugher, Penn State Extension Tree Fruit Educator, headed up the local planning committee.
Young Grower Study Tour Scholarship
Thanks to generous support from sponsors, IFTA offered young growers an opportunity to learn more about the fruit tree industry and network with other professionals from around the world. Several scholarships for young growers were made available for the Study Tour in Gettysburg, Pa., July 16-17. Recipients are listed here!
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