Our next conference will be in January or February, 2020. The date, program, and location are not yet set. Contact NCMGA to make sure you are on our E-mail list to receive more information!.

Annual Conference 2019: Saturday, March 16, 2019

8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Bladen County Extension Office, 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown, NC 28337

2019 Annual Conference

Registration fee (includes lunch): $35/person for NCMGA members, $50/person non-members.

To Register: Full registration and payment will be taken on-site; payment by check or cash only. To be sure to be included in meal counts, please call 919-222-1841 or email [email protected] by Tuesday, March 12 to pre-register.:


8:30-9:00 am Registration

9:00-9:15         Welcome – Ervin Lineberger, NCMGA President    

9:15-9:30         Report from the NC Wine and Grape Council – Whit Winslow, Executive Director; Report from the NC Winegrowers Association – Chuck Johnson, Shadow Springs Vineyard, Hamptonville, NC

9:30-9:45         NCMGA Revitalization Project – Debby Wechsler, consultant

9:45-10:15       Keynote – Mark Friszolowski , Childress Vineyards, Lexington, NC

10:15-10:30    Break   

10:30-10:50    Variety Highlights – Terry Bland, Retired NCSU, Dept. of Horticultural Science

10:50-11:10     Diseases – Bill Cline, NCSU Dept. of Entomology and Plant Pathology

11:10-11:30     Insects – Whit Jones , Cottle Farms, Faison, NC

11:30-11:50    Weeds – Kira Sims/Katie Jennings, NCSU Dept. of Horticultural Science

11:50-12:10    Problems Observed in 2018 and Extension Resources – Mark Hoffmann, NCSU Dept. of Horticultural Science

12:10-1:10       Lunch, visit with exhibitors

1:10-1:40         Fresh Market Post-harvest Handling and Marketing Standards – Penny Perkins-Veazie, NCSU Plants for Human Health Institute 

1:40-2:00         Seedless Muscadine Grape Update – Jeff Bloodworth, grape breeder, Gardens Alive!, Hillsborough, NC

2:00-2:30          Wine-making panel – Mark Friszolowski, Childress Vineyard, Lexington, NC; Nadia Hetzel,Cypress Bend Vineyards, Wagram, NC;  others TBA

2:30-2:45          New development in muscadine markets  – Grower Panel

3:00 pm: Membership meeting of the NCMGA.  If you are not a current member, you can join or renew at the meeting.