2021 Summer Meeting Program

THE SCHEDULE:

Thursday, July 22

12:00-6:00 pm - Vendors set-up

Friday, July 23

8:00 am - Registration Opens

8:30 - 9:30 am - Welcome - Vendor and Farm Introduction

9:45 - 10:45 am - Concurrent sessions

  • Hiring Employees.  Speaker: Ruth Ann Roney, Tuttle's Orchard

  • Steps to Help Have Sleigh Rides; Not Ambulance Rides. Speaker: John Nagy, Indiana Farm Bureau

  • Developing a Succession Roadmap.  Speaker: Maria Marshall, Purdue University

  • Winter Field Trips.  Speaker:  Kerry Dull

  • Speed, Quality, Price.  Choose any two. Speaker:  Lance Sambol, Sambol's Tree Farm

  • Wreath Production at Dull's Tree Farm.  Speaker:  Susan Allgood, Dull's Tree Farm

  • Farm Tour/Demonstrations.

11:00 - 12:00 noon  - Concurrent sessions

  • Square/POS.  Speaker:  Ruth Ann Roney, Tuttle's Orchard

  • Steps to Help Have Sleigh Rides; Not Ambulance Rides. Speaker: John Nagy, Indiana Farm Bureau

  • Developing a Succession Roadmap.  Speaker: Maria Marshall, Purdue University

  • Marketing/Branding 101.  Speaker:  Dana Dull

  • New Grower's Seminar Part 1.  Speaker:  Bill Cackler, Cackler Family Farms

  • Wreath Making Demo.    Jessica Vandenmark, Dull's Tree Farm

  • Farm Tour/Demonstrations.

  • Incorporating Soil Tests into Site-Specific Management.  Speaker:  Bert Cregg, Michigan State University

 

12:15 - 1:30 pm - Lunch/NCTA Promotion Board/Visit Vendors

1:45 - 2:45 pm - Concurrent sessions

  • Farm Transition.  Speaker:  Lucas Dull

  • CTPB - Consumer Feedback and Holiday Plans.  Speaker:  Marsha Gray

  • Tour of Dull's Tree Farm "Trading Post" (Gift Shop).  Dana Dull

  • Bed and Breakfast Tour.  Kerry Dull

  • New Grower's Seminar Part 2.  Speaker:  Bill Cackler, Cackler Family Farms

  • Wreath Making Demo.    Jessica Vandenmark, Dull's Tree Farm

  • Farm Tour/Demonstrations.

  • Incorporating Soil Tests into Site-Specific Management.  Speaker:  Bert Cregg, Michigan State University

 

3:00 -4:00pm - Concurrent sessions

  • Christmas Spirit Foundation

  • Winter Field Trips.  Speaker:  Kerry Dull

  • Successes and Failures from the 2020 Season - Roundtable with Roger Koch, OCTA President

  • Wreath Production at Dull's Tree Farm.  Speaker:  Susan Allgood, Dull's Tree Farm

  • Single or Split Applications of Preemergence Herbicides: Controlling while Extending Control.              Speaker: Kyle Daniel, Purdue University

 

4:15 - 5:15 pm - Concurrent sessions

  • Christmas Spirit Foundation

  • Vendors and Suppliers - Roundtable

  • Drainage - It's more than surface level. Speaker:  Matt Stine, Oak Hill Tree Farm

  • Pumpkin Growing/Fall Season at Dull's Tree Farm.  Speaker:  Lucas Dull

  • Single or Split Applications of Preemergence Herbicides: Controlling while Extending Control.             Speaker: Kyle Daniel, Purdue University

 

5:30 - 6:15 pm - Social Hour/Visit Vendors

 

6:30 - 7:00 pm - Dinner/Enjoy the farm and Visit Vendors

Saturday, July 24

8:00 - 9:00 am - Breakfast and MACT General Meeting

 

9:15 - 10:15 am - Concurrent sessions

  • Nursery Production Techniques.  Speaker:  Jerry Peterson, Peterson's-Riverview Nursery

  • Speed, Quality, Price.  Choose any two. Speaker:  Lance Sambol, Sambol's Tree Farm

  • Marketing/Branding 101.  Speaker:  Dana Dull

  • Reservations for Choose & Cut Christmas Tree Farms.                                                                                   Speakers:  Scott Anderson, Bill Cackler & Matt Mongin, Ohio Christmas Tree Assoc.

  • Wreath Decorating with Robert Jeske, Santa's Wholesale

  • Farm Tour/Demonstrations.

 

10:30 - 11:30 am - Concurrent sessions

  • CTPB - Consumer Feedback and Holiday Plans.  Speaker:  Marsha Gray

  • Food at Dull's Tree Farm.  Speaker: Dawn Scheerer

  • Events at Dull's Tree Farm.  Speaker:  Erin Lewis

  • Reservations for Choose & Cut Christmas Tree Farms.                                                                               Speakers:  Scott Anderson, Bill Cackler & Matt Mongin, Ohio Christmas Tree Assoc.

  • Drainage - It's more than surface level. Speaker:  Matt Stine, Oak Hill Tree Farm

  • Wreath Decorating with Robert Jeske, Santa's Wholesale

  • Farm Tour/Demonstrations.

 

11:45 - 1:30 pm - Lunch,  Visit Vendors, State Meetings (Illinois, Indiana, Ohio)

1:45 - 2:45 pm - Concurrent sessions

  • Nursery Production Techniques.  Speaker:  Jerry Peterson, Peterson's-Riverview Nursery

  • Food at Dull's Tree Farm.  Speaker: Dawn Scheerer

  • Events at Dull's Tree Farm.  Speaker:  Erin Lewis,

  • Bed and Breakfast Tour.  Kerry Dull

  • Finding Custom Shearing - Roundtable

  • Pumpkin Growing/Fall Season at Dull's Tree Farm.  Speaker:  Lucas Dull

3:00 pm - Meeting concludes - HAVE A SAFE TRIP HOME!

MEETING TOPICS FRIDAY JULY 23:

Hiring Employees - presented by Ruth Ann Roney of Tuttles's Orchard

Farm Safety Plan - presented by John Nagle, Farm Bureau

Developing a Succession Roadmap - presented by Maria Marshall, Purdue Univerisity

Christmas Tree Promotion Board - presented by Marsha Gray 

What I Learned Starting a Christmas Tree Farm - presented by Lance Sambol of Sambol's Tree Farm   

                                                       

Wreath Barn Tour - Dull's Tree Farm

                                                           

Wreath Making - Dull's Tree Farm

Farm Tour - Dull's Tree Farm

Square/POS/Inventory Management - presented by Ruth Ann Roney of Tuttle's Orchard

New Grower Seminars - presented by Bill Cackler of Cackler Family Farms and author of the New Grower's Christmas Tree Manual.

There will be (2) sessions. 

Session 1 - topics will include Christmas Tree Budget (what's in it for me?); Understanding /Interpreting Soils Maps (reading the tea leaves); and Matching Species to the Site.

Session 2 - topics will include Soil Testing and Interpreting Test Results; Christmas Tree Fertilization; and Basics of Weed Control. 

Presentation TBA (Hoping for tree fertility to be one of them) - presented by Bert Cregg from Michigan State

Seppi Demo

Shearing Demo

Farm Succession Plan - presented by Lucas Dull of Dull's Tree Farm

Tour Our New Retail Space - presented by Dana Dull of Dull's Tree Farm

Herbicides - presented by Kyle Daniels with Purdue University

Winter Field Trips at Dull's Tree Farm - presented by Kerry Dull of Dull's Tree Farm

Roundtable "Successes and Failures from the 2020 Season"

Marketing/Branding 101 - presented by Dana Dull of Dull's Tree Farm

Roundtable "Vendors and Suppliers"

Stone Cabin Inn Tour (Bed and Breakfast) - presented by Kerry Dull of Dull's Tree Farm

Drainage and Soil Care - presented by Matt Stine of Oakhill Christmas Tree Farm

Growing Pumpkins/Our Fall Season - presented by Lucas Dull of Dull's Tree Farm

We will hear from NCTA, the Promotion Board, and the Christmas Tree Spirit Foundation during lunch.

MEETING TOPICS SATURDAY JULY 24:

Scheduling Tree Sales/Reservation Systems -  presented by Scott Anderson, Bill Cackler and Matt Mongin of the Ohio Christmas Tree Association.  This topic will be presented twice - 9:15 am and 10:30 am.

Nursery Growers - presented by Jerry Peterson of Peterson's-Riverview Nursery

What I Learned Starting a Christmas Tree Farm - presented by Lance Sambol of Sambol's Tree Farm     

Hosting Events at Dull's Tree Farm - presented by Erin Lewis of Dull's Tree Farm

Stone Cabin Inn Tour (Bed and Breakfast) - presented by Kerry Dull of Dull's Tree Farm

Wreath Barn Tour - Dull's Tree Farm

Wreath Making - Dull's Tree Farm

Farm Tour - Dull's Tree Farm

Seppi Demo

Shearing Demo

Food Production at Dull's Tree Farm - presented by Dawn Scheerer of Dull's Tree Farm

Marketing/Branding 101 - presented by Dana Dull of Dull's Tree Farm

Drainage and Soil Care - presented by Matt Stine of Oakhill Christmas Tree Farm

Winter Field Trips at Dull's Tree Farm - presented by Kerry Dull of Dull's Tree Farm

Roundtable "Finding Custom Shearing"

Growing Pumpkins/Our Fall Season - presented by Lucas Dull of Dull's Tree Farm

State Meetings will take place during lunch

Updated 07/14/2021