Dr. Thaddeus McCamant has worked with commercial fruit and vegetable growers for twenty five years. He has a doctorate from Washington State University and has been working with fruit growers in Minnesota since the summer of 2000. Previously, he worked with fruit growers in Oregon, Washington and Montana. During the winter, he is regularly invited to speak at conferences in Minnesota and surrounding states. In order to increase our knowledge of growing fruits in northern Minnesota, he has started several research plots at the Ag and Energy Center in Staples looking at apple rootstocks and blueberry varieties.