The 2016 NASGA Annual Meeting, Conference,
& Symposium

2016 North American Berry Conference

Grand Rapids, Michigan
December 4-6, 2016

The North American Strawberry Growers Association and the North American Raspberry and Blackberry Association will meet together on December 4th for a reception and will hold joint and concurrent educational sessions on Monday December 5th at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids Michigan.

On Tuesday December 6th both NASGA and NARBA will hold sessions focusing on raspberry and strawberry as part of the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO.

Conference Registration

Register Online

Registration will be different than most years with the days being ticketed individually.  The NASGA Annual Meeting and NASGA Farm tour are considered additional events. 

If you want to attend the annual meeting, the tour and the strawberry session on Saturday you would pay for three different events.

Register Online

Register by Mail/Fax

If you would prefer to mail your registration please download and fill out the following PDF and mail it to:

GL Expo, 139 Eisenhower Place
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

If you plan to register via fax please send to:

Fax: 734-677-2407

Download the PDF

Accomodations

Make hotel reservations immediately; they can be hard to get. The following host hotels all connect to DeVos Place Convention Center through enclosed walkways. Mention group code GREAT.

LAKES EXPO:

Amway Grand Plaza

187 Monroe Avenue NW
800-253-3590
616-774-2000

Convention room rate is $118 for up to four persons.
Free self-parking in the Amway’s ramp if your room is reserved at the convention rate.

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown

11 Monroe Avenue NW
877-901-6632
616-242-6000

Convention room rate is $122 for up to four persons
$10/day self-parking

JW Marriott

235 Louis Street NW
877-901-6632
616-242-1500

Convention room rate is $168 for up to four persons.
$10/day self-parking.

Additional hotels further away also offer convention rates.

See www.glexpo.com/attend-register/location-lodging for more information.

Travel

Flying:

Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR), located about 20 minutes southeast of downtown, serves Grand Rapids. None of the downtown hotels operate airport shuttles. Metro Cab (616-827-6500) offers curbside service available outside Door 4 at the airport. The fare to downtown Grand
Rapids is approximately $35 one way.

Driving:

Free self-parking is offered by the Amway Grand for registrants with reservations at the hotel. The other nearby hotels have daily parking fees.

For more information visit www.glexpo.com/attend-register/driving-parking-flying

Workshops & Presentations

Keynote Speaker

Britt Burton-Freeman will speak on berry health benefits. Dr. Burton-Freeman is the Director of
the Institute for Food Safety and Health’s Center for Nutrition Research at the Illinois Institute of
Technology. Her current research interests are in mitigating disease processes through dietary approaches focused on health promoting properties of foods. Specific disease targets include cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and obesity.

Getting Started in Raspberries and Blackberries
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 9:00-12:00

For novice and potential growers. The workshop covers the basics from site selection and planting through harvest and marketing. It will be led by Dr. Marvin Pritts (Cornell), and Dr. Eric Hanson (Michigan State). Participants will receive a USB drive of resource materials.

Registration limited.
$20 fee to members
$25 non-members

Create a Food Safety Plan for Your Farm – Right Here and Now
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2:00-4:30

Even growers who do not need GAPs certificationneed a plan! Oriented especially towards raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry growers, but will be helpful to any smaller-scale produce grower with limited food safety experience or training. Leader Megan Shoenfelt is both a Food Safety auditor and a small-scale raspberry producer. Fee covers packet of handouts and worksheets.

Registration limited.
$15 fee to members
$20 non-members

Register Online Download Conference Brochure with Schedule

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Sponsorship Information

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