MFGA Winter Meeting • February 4, 2020

Flower Growers Winter Meeting and Education Program

Cavicchio Greenhouses Inc., 110 Codjer Lane, Sudbury, Massachusetts

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Flower Growers’ Association 

Registration includes catered lunch! Registration must be received by January 31, 2020.

Click here for a downloadable pdf that includes the registration form and complete agenda.


— Special Feature: Allied Trade Tables—open 8:30am-3pm —

8:00–9:00am

Open House—visit before you come to the meeting

J.P. Bartlett Co. Inc., 578 Boston Post Road, Rte.20, Sudbury
Russell’s Garden Center, 397 Boston Post Road- Rte. 20, Wayland

8:00am

Registration Open—complimentary coffee and pastries

9:15am

Welcome—Glenn Harrison, Operations Manager, Cavicchio Greenhouses

9:30–10:30am

Basics of Pesticide Safety and Handling
Michael Oleykowski – Syngenta Crop Protection (1 pesticide recertification credit) (Categories 26, 29 and 31)

In this presentation core principles of pesticide safety and handling will be reviewed along with horticultural principles within the Jeopardy Game format. The audience will stay engaged as three contestants vie for top prizes as they show their knowledge of basic pesticide safety and handling CORE principles.

10:45–11:45am

Practical Approaches of IPM for Bedding Plants
Jeremy Webber, Technical Sales Representative, Koppert Biological Systems Inc. (1 pesticide recertification credit) (Categories 26, 29 and 31)

This presentation will discuss the basics of how biological control agents and compatible chemistry work together to control the most common pests in the crop, all through the lens of practicality and cost effectiveness.

11:45am–12:00pm

Continue visit with Allied Trade vendors

12:00–1:00pm

Catered Lunch—reservations requested by January 31 2020

MFGA Annual Meeting—Jeff Doherty, President and Bob Luczai, Secretary MFGA

1:00 – 2:15pm

Key Ideas for Improving Retail Sales – “Step Back, Look Up and Refresh”
Judy Sharpton, Growing Places Marketing

Judy’s presentation will discuss the key elements of store design, layout and marketing to make a store more attractive. She will also discuss the current consumer research that motivates purchases and how the physical layout of a store can be improved to make it more efficient and profitable

2:15–3:15pm

Overview of Hemp Regulations in Massachusetts
Sarah Grubin, Hemp Program Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources & John Turner, Heritage Hemp CBD

Sarah will discuss the regulatory framework for the MA Hemp Program including rules and licensing, she will also introduce the new USDA Interim Final Rule for US Domestic US Hemp. Josh Turner, Heritage Hemp CBD will give an overview of what his company does as a Hemp company in Massachusetts and what you need to know about this plant as an agricultural crop. Open Q&A at end.

For more information contact:

Bob Luczai, MFGA: 781-275-4811 (office) or 508-935-8264 (cell)

Registration includes catered lunch! Registration must be received by January 31, 2020.

Click here for a downloadable pdf that includes the registration form and complete agenda.