Mushroom Short Course Draws Young Growers

Posted: October 12, 2015

Many young growers were among the 178 attendees at the annual Mushroom Short Course, held September 27-29, 2015, in Chadd's Ford, Pennsylvania, featuring speakers from industry and academia.

This year's fifty-seventh annual Mushroom Short Course, held in Chester County for the fourth time since 2009, gave growers and field workers, particularly in southeast Pennsylvania, the opportunity to view exhibitions, hear from Penn State professors and mushroom industry leaders, and strengthen their understanding of the science of mushroom growing as well as the most critical current issues facing the industry.

"There were more younger registrants than I've seen in quite a while, which is good for the industry," said Penn State Assistant Professor John Pecchia.

New Penn State Dept. of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology Head Carolee Bull was introduced to the mushroom industry and visited several farms.

Next year's Mushroom Short Course will be held at the University Park campus to celebrate the anticipated grand opening and expansion of the Mushroom Research Center.

Contact Information

John A. Pecchia, Ph.D.
  • Associate Research Professor
Phone: 814-865-1008