2017 Study Tour – Michigan


Note: Registration for the summer tour is now closed.

For registration questions, contact info@ifruittree.org.

Some hotel options that are convenient to the local staging point at Schwallier's Country Basket are:

Baymont Inn
Swann Inn Motel
Quality Inn Hotel

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See the complete schedule of orchard visits, meals, and activities.

Please join us in Michigan this summer for the 2017 IFTA Summer Study Tour. Our theme for the 2017 IFTA Summer Tour is:

Tree Fruit Excellence – Innovation and Success

The 2017 IFTA Summer Tour offers another fantastic educational opportunity and provides quality networking time with colleagues old and new. With visits to prime fruit-growing areas of Belding, the South Ridge, the North Ridge and Michigan State University, you’ll be able to see and experience all aspects of tree-fruit production.

You’ll learn how Michigan tree fruit growers are investing in new ways to remain competitive and deliver high-quality fruit to consumers at home and around the world. Discussions will touch on tree training, chemical thinning, precision thinning, frost protection, vigor management and managed varieties, among many other topics.

Network with fellow growers as you discover why Michigan is one of the world’s leading tree-fruit growing areas and a seat of tree-fruit innovation.

The 2017 IFTA Summer Tour will depart each morning from the Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids, conveniently located close to the airport, with a variety of restaurants in the area.

The Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids

Day 1 will feature stops in Belding and the South Ridge (and an optional IFTA Women's Network Dinner available for a separate charge)

Optional Event on Day 1- Please join us for our second IFTA Women’s Network Event on Sunday, July 16th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  The event will take place after the day of touring with time in between to go back to your room and refresh.  A delicious buffet dinner and one drink ticket will be provided.  After the meal we will have a few laughs and then have one of our IFTA members share her story.  It will be a relaxing and fun time that you won’t want to miss! The IFTA Women’s Network has events so you can meet new people and celebrate the women in our industry.  It is open to both men and women and the more the merrier! I look forward to seeing you all in Michigan!  IFTA Women’s Network....Sharing, Connecting, Inspiring! Tickets are $40 and may be purchased on the online registration form.

Day 2 will feature stops in the North Ridge and Lake Michigan
Day 3 will be spent at Michigan State University facilities in Clarksville and the MSU Campus

Hotel rooms for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (July 15-17) are included in your registration. For those of you not leaving Tuesday July 18th, the conference rate ($132.25) is available at the Crowne Plaza beginning Wednesday, July 12 and ending Friday, July 21. Contact the Crowne Plaza directly at 1-616-957-0629 or info@crowneplazagr.com to reserve rooms for additional nights.

Sign up early to reserve your place!


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