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2018 Summer Conference and Seed Trials, Northern California

Arriving in northern California on a brilliant day on Wednesday, September 5, we were pleasantly surprised to find that the typically hot, dry California day had cooled to a comfortable 60°F. This would be the weather pattern for the entirety of the conference. Our family-owned conference hotel, Granzalla’s Inn in Williams, CA was a village unto itself—an all-in-one complex comprised of a banquet hall, beverage store, deli, and sports lounge, which featured an interesting collection of stuffed and mounted big game animals. The itinerary for the coming days would include a tour of Morningstar tomato packing facility, an exploration of Emerald Farms nut production operation, a visit to Sakata Seed Company’s new complex and Syngenta Seed Research Station, a stop at Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, plus plant trial visits, illuminating panel discussions and fun conversations.

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