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  (Pre-registration and pre-payment is required) 

This is a hybrid webinar-live workshop broadcast at two locations simultaneously for those interested in starting a wine grape vineyard in Michigan.

Who should attend? Established and emerging fruit growers; agribusiness and agency partners.

When? 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Feb. 9, 2018

  • Benton Harbor - Berrien County MSU Extension, 1737 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
  • Traverse City - Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center, 6686 S. Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684

$100 Registration fee. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. NO WALK-IN REGISTRATION

          $30 Optional bulletin package.  (After January 26, on-site bulletin availability is limited.  Bulletins will be mailed following the event.)

The optional bulletin package (available for purchase) includes the following publications:

  • E-2889 A Pocket Guide for Grape IPM Scouting in the North Central & Eastern United States
  • E-2644 Vineyard Establishment I: Preplant Decisions
  • E-2645 Vineyard Establishment II: Planting and Early Care of Vineyards

Meals: Lunch and breaks included

Registration Deadline: February 5. 

Cancellation Policy: After January 19 a $50 cancellation fee will be assessed


8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

Soil Fertility-Carl Rosen, Minnesota
Site Selection-Duke Elsner, Michigan State
Wine Grape Varieties-Joe Fiola, Maryland
Management of Key Pests-Brad Baughman, Michigan State
Site Preparation –Duke Elsner, Michigan State
Planting and Care- Duke Elsner, Michigan State
Vine Training and Trellis Construction-Tom Todaro, Michigan State  
Vineyard Establishment Costs-Hans Walter-Peterson, Cornell
Resources for Growers-Baughman
Wrap-up & Evaluation
* subject to change

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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 program information contact Joanne Davidhizar at or 269-927-5674.
For registration information, contact MSU ANR Events Services at or 517-353-3175.