First Annual Specialty Crop Symposium
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled. The Specialty Crop Symposium will be rescheduled for a later date. Please stay tuned for more details.
Specialty Crop Symposium
Tuesday, March 28
8:30 AM – 4 PM, ET
Rodale Institute Pocono Organic Center
Rodale Institute invites growers, researchers, and students to join us for a day-long Specialty Crop Symposium, featuring presentations on organic specialty crop production in a variety of agroecosystems in the Northeast region of the United States.
The program will include tours of the Pocono Organic Center research projects, presentations by leading speakers from Rodale Institute, University of Vermont, and Penn State on topics such as saffron, CBD, fiber hemp, and ginseng, as well as discussions about integrated pest management and UV-Light treatment. Q+A with speakers will be included after every presentation. Lunch is included.
Date: Tuesday, March 28
Time: 8:30 AM – 4 PM
Location: Rodale Institute Pocono Organic Center, 1015 Long Pond Rd, Long Pond, PA 18610
Lunch will be provided by the Pocono Organics Cafe led by Chopped Champion Executive Chef Lindsay McClain, and will feature some of the specialty crops discussed during the symposium, including saffron and ginseng. Menu includes:
- Paella (Chicken & Vegetarian Options)
- Brownie & Blondie Platter
- Coffee & Hot Tea
- Iced Ginseng Tea
*Please indicate your food preferences in your registration.
Margaret Skinner, Ph.D.
Professor, UVM, Burlington, VT
Agrin Davari, Ph.D.
IPM Program Developer, Plant Products
Dr. Gladis Zinati
Director, Vegetable Systems Trial, Rodale Institute
Dinesh Panday, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Rodale Institute
Arash Ghalehgolabbehbahani, Ph.D.
Research Director, Rodale Institute
Eric Burkhart, Ph.D.
Associate Teaching Professor, Penn State, PA
Agricultural Director, Pocono Organics
Senior Director of Operations, Pocono Organics
Wayne M. Jurick II, Ph.D.
Lead Scientist and Research Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS, Beltsville, MD