Mazzone Reflects on Presenting Research
Posted: February 9, 2016
I presented my research titled “Evaluating select management strategies for bacterial diseases of onion: Host resistance and nitrogen fertility” at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention (MAFVC) in Hershey, PA, on February 3, 2016. Approximately 2,200 people from the mid-Atlantic region and beyond attend this premier grower meeting every year.
My master’s program is heavily rooted in Extension, which prepares me to be an effective communicator with stakeholders ranging from homeowners to commercial growers. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to present and discuss my research, as well as gain beneficial knowledge, by attending conventions like MAFVC. These meetings increase the visibility of our research and enable me to connect with growers and other scientists, which may lead to future collaborations. Presenting at MAFVC is a unique experience since it involves direct communication with stakeholders. Responding to questions about my findings provides me with valuable feedback on my work and deepens my own understanding of my research.