Muscadine production updates, tour set at Fruit Research Station

Aug. 29, 2014
Contact Information:

Renee Threlfall, Department of Food Science
479-575-4677 / rthrelf@uark.edu

Dave Edmark, Division of Agriculture Communications
479-575-6940 / dedmark@uark.edu

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Fast Facts:

• Workshop and field day planned for Sept. 11
• Tour of vineyard, several speakers featured

CLARKSVILLE, Ark. – The latest on breeding, producing, growing and shipping muscadines will be featured during a workshop and field day Sept. 11 at the Fruit Research Station of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The event will run from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will include several prominent speakers. The workshop is partially funded by the Arkansas Agriculture Department Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Activities also include a display of muscadine cultivars and selections grown at the station, a catered dinner and a tour of the vineyard by John Clark, University Professor of horticulture, focusing on the muscadine breeding program.

“The grape and wine industry is thriving in Arkansas, and muscadine grapes are a major player in that success,” said Renee Threlfall, a postdoctoral associate in the food science department. “The workshop showcases prominent speakers with vast experience with muscadines, allows grape and wine industry personnel opportunities to network, and also features the Division’s efforts for grape and wine industry in Arkansas.”

Speakers at the event will be:

• Patrick Conner of the University of Georgia on advances in muscadine breeding efforts at his university;
• Elena Garcia of the UA System Division of Agriculture on muscadine grape production;
• Ervin Lineberger of Lineberger’s Killdeer Farm in North Carolina on growing and shipping fresh-market muscadine grapes;
• Renee Threlfall of the UA System Division of Agriculture on the muscadine postharvest research project.

The registration fee is $25. An online registration form is available at http://bit.ly/1tfupL9. The Fruit Research Station is at 1749 State Highway 818 north of Clarksville.

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