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Muscadine grape breeding program to be highlighted at Field Day, Sept. 11

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  • Muscadine Grape Workshop and Field Day to take place Sept. 11
  • Attendees will get a firsthand look at the Division’s muscadine grape breeding program with a field tour
  • Registration is due by Sept. 7

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CLARKSVILLE, Ark.— The 2018 Muscadine Grape Workshop and Field Day will take attendees through the process of getting a grape from vine to consumer.

Margaret Worthington
MUSCADINE FIELD DAY -- Dr. Margaret Worthington, Division of Agriculture fruit breeder, selects muscadines for advancing toward release as varieties. (Division of Agriculture photo by Fred Miller.) Credit mandatory.

The event will take place Sept. 11 from 2:00-7:30 p.m. at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Fruit Research Station in Clarksville, Arkansas. The workshop and field day is sponsored by the Arkansas Association of Grape Growers and the Division of Agriculture.

“The Arkansas Association of Grape Growers is honored to work with the University of Arkansas to host another muscadine workshop in Arkansas,” said Renee Threlfall, Division of Agriculture food scientist. “The grape growers and processors in the state and surrounding area excited about the potential to learn more about muscadine production and network with other industry partners.”

Attendees will hear from a variety of experts about grape production, establishing a vineyard and vineyard pest and disease management, as well as get a firsthand look at the Division’s muscadine grape breeding program with a field tour.

Speakers include:

  • John Clark, director of the Division of Agriculture fruit breeding program, and Margaret Worthington, assistant professor at the University of Arkansas- Overview of the Muscadine Breeding Program
  • Amanda McWhirt, Extension horticulture specialist- Considerations in Establishing a Grape Vineyard
  • Jackie Lee, Extension horticulture specialist- Pest Management in a Vineyard
  • Bill Cline, entomology and plant pathology specialist at North Caroline State University- Disease Management in Muscadine Vineyards
  • Jeff Bloodworth, private North Carolina muscadine breeder- Future of the Muscadine Grape

Registration is $20 for AAGG members and $30 for nonmembers. Registration is due Sept. 7 and includes dinner.

To register, visit http://argrapegrowers.org/for credit card payments and then email or mail the registration form to Renee Threlfall, rthrelf@uark.edu. Check payments can be mailed to:

Muscadine Grape Workshop/AAGG

PO Box 104


Altus, AR 72821

For more information about the workshop, contact Renee Threlfall by phone at 479-575-4677 or by email at rthrelf@uark.edu.

About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses. 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

By Emily Thompson

Communications Intern
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu

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