About us


In 1924, fruit research and extension specialists from several Mid-Atlantic states began meeting to share the season’s research results, under the name Cumberland-Shenandoah Fruit Workers Conference.  This annual meeting of entomologists, plant pathologists, and horticulturists now includes the core states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina, although participation by specialists from other fruit-producing states and regions has added an extra dimension to the meeting and their attendance is welcomed. This meeting is an excellent opportunity for graduate students to interact with established fruit workers and to present their research in a relaxed forum. The Cumberland-Shenandoah Fruit Workers Conference is intended for university and government fruit researchers, extension agents, crop consultants, and representatives from agrichemical companies. Its goal is to disseminate and discuss the results from recent fruit research projects, to foster collaborative research and extension programs, and to enable networking among the participants.

Membership information

This conference is intended for any interested agriculture professional involved with fruit, including university and government research, extension and regulatory personnel, and industry personnel related to the production and protection of fruit crops.

The conference is typically held during the first Thursday and Friday of December. We use Google Groups service for email exchanges.

How to join CSFWC Google Groups

  1. Click on this link (will open our group page on Google Groups in a new window)
  2. Click on the ‘Sign in to view this group’ link.
  3. Log-in to Google service using your account.
  4. Click ‘Apply for membership’ link, and follow the instruction
  5. You will hear from us within a few days.


Current Executive Officers 

Executive Director: Brent Short

President: Daniel J. Donahue (Cornell University)

President-elect: Mengjun Hu (University of Maryland)

Secretary/Treasurer: Srdjan Acimovic (Virginia Tech)

Immediate past President: Thomas Kon (North Carolina State University)

Executive Board Members

Kari Anne Peter (Penn State), Sara Villani (N.C. State), Anne Nielsen (Rutgers)

This website is maintained by Mizuho Nita (Virginia Tech)