NCCC 212 2020

Guide to the 2020 Virtual NCCC 212 Meeting


Welcome to the 2020 Virtual NCCC 212 Meeting Homepage. Our Raleigh Small Fruits Team is excited to have you join our all virtual NCCC 212 meeting Oct 27 and Oct 28, 2020. The meeting will be held on Zoom! For safety reason, every session has a separate zoom link. 

This website will guide you through the two days of sessions, will give you access to all agendas, templates, zoom links, meeting minutes, recordings as well as the finalized state reports. For safety reasons, we don’t post zoom links on the website, but in a pdf file. For access to the zoom links, please open the NCCC 212 2020 Meeting Agenda.

We hope you will enjoy the meeting, and it will be a pleasant experience for everyone. Please reach out to us if you have any questions.

Gina, Hamid and Mark


Content (click to go directly to the section):

Minutes and Recordings NCCC 212 2020
NCCC 212 2020 State Reports
Virtual NCCC 212 2020 Agenda and Registration


Minutes and Recordings NCCC 212 2020:

State-Reports 2020 Session 1 (Oct 27): Please click here to get to the GOOGLE DRIVE FOLDER with meeting recordings and some notes from Session 1.

Business Meeting (Oct 27) (Recording was put on a bit late; Minutes will follow): Click here to access the GOOGLE DRIVE folder with recordings and minutes of the NCCC 212 2020 Business Meeting

Small Fruits Germplasm Committee: Please visit the Crop Germplasm Committee Website to find the minutes of the Small Fruits Germplasm Committee.

State-Reports 2020 Session 2 (Oct 28): Please click here to get to the GOOGLE DRIVE FOLDER with meeting recordings and some notes from Session 2.

Student Mixer: Please click here to access the Student Mixer Folder


STATE REPORTS 2020 (pdf):

Full Version: Virtual NCCC 212 2020: ALL STATE REPORTS

NCCC 212 2020 Reports by State: State Reports will be given in alphabetical order!

Day 1: Oct 27



British Columbia






New Hampshire

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina

Day 2, Oct 28:

North Dakota

Nova Scotia




USDA Beltsville

USDA Corvallis

USDA Corvallis HCRU






Agenda: Full agenda (including zoom links): click here.

Tuesday, Oct 27, 2020

11:00 AM  – 2:30 PM EDT (10-1:30 Central; 9-12:30 Mountain; 8-11:30 Pacific): State Reports Session 1


  •    11:00 AM –11:10 AM:           Introduction
  •    11:10 AM – 11:25 AM:          Tom Bewick (USDA): Updates on the USDA-SCRI program
  •    11:25 AM – 11:30 AM:          In memoriam of Chad Finn (lead: Gina Fernandez)
  •    11:30 AM – 12:30 PM:         State reports (7 min Presentation per state, 3 min Discussion)
  •    12:30 PM 12:45 PM:          Break
  •    12:45 PM – 2:15 PM:            State reports (7 min Presentation per state, 3 min Discussion)
  •    2:15 PM– 2:30 PM:               Set up breakout groups for Social Hour

Short power-point presentations are encouraged but not required. We leave that up to you. If you are planning to have a powerpoint presentation, please let us know latest by Mon, Oct. 26, 2020


3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT (2-4 Central; 1-3 Mountain; 12-2 Pacific): NCCC-212 Business Meeting



7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM EDT (6-7:30 Central; 5-6:30 Mountain; 4-5:30 Pacific): NCCC-212 Social Hour

  •     7:00-7:20 PM:
  • The NC State strawberry nursery/PIP SREP initiative;
  • The NC State VacCAP breeding project;
  • The NC State (Cornell/UArk/BCBerry/USDA) Caneberry Pairwise project.
  •     7:20-8:30 PM:          Fun breakout sessions: Game-Groups; The Gin and Tonic Group;
  •     7:20-8:30 PM:          Professional breakout sessions: possible groups: Viticulture; Neo-P Disease Group; Breeding; Caneberry Group; Strawberry Group; Blueberry Group; Other Fruit Crops; groups will be determined during the State Report Session (determined through a small survey at the end of the state report session).


Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT (10-12 Central; 9-11 Mountain; 8-10 Pacific): Small Fruits Crops Germplasm Committee (Chair: Kim Lewers, USDA)

FY21 Small Fruit CGC Agenda

1 pm – 3 pm EDT (12-2 Central; 11-1 Mountain; 10-12 Pacific): State Reports Session 2

  • 1:00 PM-2:40 PM: State reports (7 min Presentation per state, 3 min Discussion)
  • 2:40 PM- 2:50 PM:             Determine additional breakout sessions
  • 2:50 PM- 3:00 PM: Reminder of Student/PI mixer in the evening. Adjourn

3:15 PM – 5:00 PM EDT (2-4 Central; 1-3 Mountain; 12-2 Pacific): NCCC 212 Breakout Session 2

TBD if needed


5:00 PM – 6:20 PM EDT (4-5:20 Central, 3-4:20 Mountain; 2-3:20 Pacific): NCCC 212 Student and Post-Doc Mixer. 

Agenda for the NCCC 212 Student Mixer

Hosts: Chris Gunter, Gina Fernandez and Mark Hoffmann

5:00 – 5:25 PM: What is expected from early career professionals in academia?

  • Gerald Holmes Director of Cal Poly Strawberry Center, San Louis Obispo, CA
  • Bernadine Strik Professor and Extension Specialist, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
  • Amanda McWhirt Assistant Professor and Small Fruits Extension Specialist, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.
  • Lauren Redpath, PhD Student, NC State

 5:25 – 5:45 PM: What is expected from early career professionals in industry

  • Carlos Iglesias former Head of NA Wheat Seed Development Unit, Syngenta, Minnetoka, MN; Director of Plant Breeding Consortium, NC State University, Raleigh, NC
  • Mike Schwieterman Head of Flavor and Nutrition, Plenty – The Flavor Farmers, Watsonville, CA

5:45 – 6:05 PM: Entrepreneurship:

  • Ricardo Hernández Starting your own business Co-Founder of SIGs and Grafted Growers LLC, Raleigh, NC
  • Greg Bohlen What makes a business attractive for investors? Co-Founder of Union Grove Venture Partners, Chapel Hill, NC

6:05 – 6:15 PM: Looking for a job? Open Academia Positions in Breeding and Production

 6:15 – 6:30 PM: Q+A with all participants and exchange of contact information