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2020 Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group Annual Meeting

Feb. 25-26, 2020 : West Lafayette, IN
I need to turn in the overnight guest list and roommates to the hotel by January 25. Please register and indicate room needs before January 25, or you may need to make individual arrangements.

The Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group (GLVWG), funded by a grant from the North Central Integrated Pest Management Center (NCIPMC) sponsored by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), began in 2004 as a network of vegetable production specialists from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada, united to address key pest management issues in vegetable production in the region, which is valued at over $1 billion annually.

At its heart, the GLVWG is a network of extension educators, specialists, researchers, and students from county offices, departments of entomology, nematology, horticulture, plant pathology and weed science primarily at land grant universities. Other members represent commodity groups, grower associations and industry representatives involved in vegetable production in the Great Lakes regions. They collaborate and share lessons from the field and lab to continually sharpen their skills to serve vegetable growers of all scales and experience.

The primary objectives of the GLVWG are focused on improved flow of information among all components of IPM, with broader understanding and engagement of both scientific and Extension communities across disciplines, crops, and states while improving efficiencies of information exchange and knowledge sharing.

To that end, The GLVWG holds an annual meeting which allows members to network face-to-face, and present current and recent research findings or demonstrations through oral presentations and posters. The annual meeting encourages multi-state collaboration and is an opportunity for members to guide the direction of the group through leadership rotation and reviewing priorities that are important to the region. The Purdue Crew wishes to welcome you to West Lafayette, IN for the 2020 meeting.

For those who have not attended before, the agenda is almost exclusively show-and-tells from members. What were you proud of this season? Did you have any long-term goals come to fruition that you would like to share? Research findings with regional bearing are always appreciated. Please consider contributing a 10 minute presentation topic as you register. This can appear on your CV as a Submitted Presentation (which shows gumption), and at an International Meeting no less.


Hampton Inn & Suites, 160 Tapawingo Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47906. This is between campus and the Wabash River, on the SW side of the large traffic circle. To book your room, please indicate your hotel room needs as you register here. Lodging will be covered by the Working Group grant.

Rough Agenda:
A more detailed agenda will follow after registrations and presentations have been collected.

Monday, Feb 24:
We will have an informal get-together for folks arriving Monday night.

Tuesday, Feb 25:
Welcome the group at 8 a.m., and member presentations. In the afternoon or evening the group will visit the Lafayette Brewing Company for a tour of the facilities and dinner. Dinner will be at your own expense. Please indicate if you plan to attend this function as you register here.

Wednesday, Feb 26:
Finish up member presentations and business meeting with program ending around noon.

Travel Stipend:
In order to receive a $50 travel stipend, you will need to complete a W-9 form in-person at the meeting, which MSU needs in order to dispense the stipend. Please be sure to register here with whatever name and address you want to receive the stipend check, and that it matches whatever you will be putting on the W-9 at the meeting. This might be a personal address. Preference will be given to those who travel the furthest and who submit a presentation.

Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group Meeting Registration

Registration for Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group Meeting Registration is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on February 24, 2020.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information contact Ben Phillips at 616-901-7513 or, or Dan Egel at 812-890-2704 or