Extension Specialists Help Iowa Wine Growers Association With Last Minute Need

Michael White, crops/viticulture field specialist, Central Iowa      

Problems

It was Thursday evening, Jan. 27, 2005. The annual meeting committee organizing the  2005 Iowa Wine Growers Association (IWGA) Annual Conference was having an emergency teleconference.  Dr. Wayne Wilcox, plant pathologist from the University of Cornell, New York Ag Experiment Station was to kick-off Saturday's general session with a talk on Grape Diseases. Another talk on Grape Fungicides was schedule in the afternoon.  Due to a family emergency, Dr. Wilcox had just informed the IWGA annual committee that he was not going to be able to attend.  What to do? Immediate action was needed to cover his absence. Over 200 people had pre-registered for the all-day educational conference.  For sure,... many were looking forward to Dr. Wilcox's two presentations.         

Response

At a "last minute" notice Mark Carlton, ISU Extension Field Crops Specialist and Dr. Paul Domoto, ISU Extension Horticulture Specialist both agreed to fill in for Dr. Wilcox's absence. Mark presented the kick-off "Grape Disease" presentation.  Dr. Paul Domoto covered with a  presentation on "Pesticide Spray Adjuvants" in the afternoon.  This was on top of two other presentations Dr. Domoto was also giving that day.

Impact

Over 200 people attended the 2005 Iowa Wine Growers Association Annual meeting on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005.  The overall rating from the after-meeting evaluations gave the speaker sessions a 4.31 rating (1 = poor, 5 = excellent).  The overall conference rating was 4.36.  Mark Carlton and Dr. Paul Domoto were instrumental in their last minute response to help make the 2005 IWGA conference VERY successful.

Feb. 9, 2005
106 - Green Industry (Commercial Horticulture and Forestry)

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