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November 29 – December 1, 2017 BOSTON CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTER POWERED BY: SKILLS & SAFETY ARENA… the TREE is back! Pick up some new skills and compete for valuable prizes in a safe, interactive, hands-on learning environment right on the expo show floor. North American Training Solu- tions (NATS) – the leading safety education and training organization for green industry skilled trades – will be facilitating a jam-packed program on all three days, giving arborists the opportunity to try out state-of-the-art equip- ment and techniques that keep an industrial athlete in top performance condition. New England GROWS 2017, the biggest, most valued profes- sional trade event in the Northeast, is right around the corner and NOW is the time to start planning to get the biggest bang for your buck. Exceptional Education & CEUs GROWS’ professional conference is world-class and progressive with value-packed topics and industry leading speakers. Adam Cervin, MCA and Jim Harshbarger, MCA – MAA’s reps on the GROWS education committee – recommend these sessions as some of their top picks at this year’s show: Sessions run about 45 - 50 minutes. Safety training credit is available. Hazards in the Green Industry: What You Don’t Know Can Kill You! John Ball, Ph.D., Professor, South Dakota State Univ., Brookings, SD Root Rot, Really? Chris Luley, Ph.D., President/Pathologist, Urban Forest Diagnostics, Naples, NY Water, Drought & Trees: A Fundamental Understanding Kim Coder, Ph.D., Professor of Tree Biology & Health Care, University of Georgia, Athens, GA Conifer Diseases: What Does the Future Hold? Cheryl Smith, Ph.D., Plant Health Specialist, Director of UNH Plant Diagnostic Lab, Durham, NH Meet Up GROWS is where ideas are shared, careers are built and real business gets done. Whether you’re connecting with vendors on the tradeshow floor, attending education sessions, or meeting up with old friends, the time you spend at GROWS 2017 will widen your circle, help your career and strengthen your business. Pruning Fruit Trees Wes Autio, Ph.D., Director & Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, Amherst, MA Outlook on the Workforce: H-2A, B and Beyond Craig Regelbrugge, Senior Vice President-Industry Advocacy & Research, AmericanHort, Washington, DC Additional experts in the GROWS’ conference line up include Allan Armitage, Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, Nick Brazee, Bill Cullina, Peter Del Tredici, Dan Jaffe, Kerry Mendez, and more, including Marty Grunder’s business-building workshop. Many sessions offer continuing education credit from a variety of professional organizations including MCA, ISA and the Massa- chusetts pesticide bureau. SEE YOU AT GROWS! 4 MAA NEWS / Fall 2017 November 29 – December 1, 2017 Exciting Exposition GROWS brings together your entire supply chain in one conven- ient place, with hundreds of green industry vendors to show you the latest and greatest equipment, technology, plants, services and more. Cruise the tradeshow floor for live equipment demon- strations, one-stop shopping and exclusive show deals. Stop and chat with Extension experts and don’t miss the rapid-fire Sprint Sessions, covering the full range of today’s industry trends. Sign up before October 31 Registration options start at just $29 for all three days of the show. Save big by signing up before the price increases on October 31. For the complete agenda and to register, visit: ➜ #NewEnglandGROWS