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39th International Carrot Conference

August 21 – 24, 2018
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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On August 21 – 24, 2018, the 39th International Carrot Conference will be held at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin. The International Carrot Conference is held every 18 to 24 months and its purpose is to bring together everyone and anyone interested in carrots: growers, packers, shippers, seed producers, breeders, pathologists, sellers, marketers, University and government researchers, extension specialists, students, and anyone else interested in the carrot industry.

Our meeting, perhaps more aptly called a workshop, will include oral presentations and posters on all aspects of carrots. We invite your presentation. Presentation categories include 1) production and marketing, 2) diseases and pests, and 3) breeding and genetics. Be sure to include the title and presentation category on the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your presentation/poster is accepted. The deadline for abstract submission is April 30, 2018.

The conference will also include a field trial on August 24 to observe a wide range of carrot cultivars submitted by seed companies from around the world. Pre- and post-conference meetings and tours are under discussion, and we will inform you as plans are made.

We are well-aware of the Carrot and Other Apiaceae 2nd International Symposium in September, 2018, and we hope you will attend both conferences.

Conference Location

The conference will be held at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin. This Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structure in downtown Madison on Lake Monona is a short walk from the Capitol building of the State of Wisconsin.
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
One John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608.261.4000
TTY: 711 (Local) or 800.947.3529
Fax: 608.261.4049
email: info@mononaterrace.com
GPS: One John Nolen Drive    OR    N 43 4.167    W 89 22.966
You will arrive at the John Nolen Drive entrance to the Monona Terrace parking ramp.

Travel to Madison: The Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, Wisconsin has direct flights from a number of cities. The conference venue is located approximately 15 minutes drive from the Dane County Regional Airport. Major auto rental companies are located at the airport.
If you prefer to fly into Chicago, expect a 3 hour drive or bus ride from O'hare airport. Bus service between O'hare airport and Madison is provided by Van Galder Bus.

The University of Wisconsin campus is less than a mile away. Downtown Madison offers many excellent restaurants, bars, outdoor cafes, and theaters. Other attractions in Southern Wisconsin include the House on the Rock, Taliesin, Cave of the Mounds, and Old World Wisconsin. The 'Central Sands' region of Wisconsin, about 2 hours north of Madison, accommodates a very large production of snap beans, peas, and sweet corn for processing in addition to carrots. Brewery tours in Madison or Milwaukee as well as numerous cheese factories in the area provide opportunities to sample other dietary essentials derived from Wisconsin agriculture. Milwaukee is about 1½ hours away, while a drive to Chicago takes 2½ hours.

Links to information about attractions in Madison and southern Wisconsin:

See websites for more details and to make reservations.

Event Locations


Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the following hotels, but there are many other options for lodging in Madison. If you have questions about these other options, please feel free to contact Irwin Goldman at ilgoldma@wisc.edu

Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
Reservations: 877-510-7465
Group code: CARROT
Online booking Link: http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/M/MSNMHHF-CARROT-20180821/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG
Rate: $164/single or double, plus 14.5% tax
Cut-off date: July 22, 2018

Park Hotel
Reservations: 608-285-8000
Group reference: 39th International Carrot Conference Block
Online booking Link: https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.50061.html?groupId=U32ZI0B1
Rate: $159/night single or double traditional room, plus 14.5% tax; $169/night single or double deluxe rooms, plus 14.5% tax
Cut-off date: July 21, 2018


The registration fee is US$200 up to June 15 and includes the program book; opening reception; continental breakfast, breaks, and lunch Wednesday and Thursday; banquet on Wednesday; and transportation to field trials and box lunch on Friday. Student registration is $100. Registration fees increase for all registrants to $300 after June 15. A table top display is available for commercial interests for $250.
Registration fees increase to $300 after June 15.

Register online at https://uwccs.eventsair.com/carrot/reg
You will need to register by April 30 in order to submit an abstract.
After registration, a link for abstract submission will be provided in the registration confirmation email. Please use that link to submit oral and/or poster abstracts.

Cancellations: Cancellations made on or before August 1, 2018 will be refunded minus a $40 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after August 1, 2018. Substitute registrations are accepted.

Contact CALS Conference Services at 608-263-1672 or email conference@cals.wisc.edu to cancel or substitute, or if you have other registration or abstract submission questions.

Abstracts for Oral Presentations and Posters

A link specific to your registration will be emailed to you when you register (see registration section above). Use the provided link to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations. Registrants may submit abstracts for multiple oral presentations and/or posters.

Abstracts can be preliminarily submitted as drafts before April 30, but cannot be edited online after submission. If you find errors or need to make changes, please email your corrections to Phil Simon (psimon@wisc.edu)

Abstracts are due no later than April 30, 2018

Poster presentations should fit within a maximum size of 1.2 × 1.2 m ( 47 × 47 inches )


As in past years, in order to keep registration costs low and to support refreshment breaks and lunches, a banquet dinner, and a field day, sponsorships from companies are an important element of the international carrot conference. Sponsorship opportunities are available and would be welcomed. Please contact Irwin Goldman or Phil Simon if you would like to discuss these opportunities.

Call for seeds

See this page for the call for seeds for the carrot trial

IMPORTANT DATES for the 39th International Carrot Conference

We look forward to your participation in the 39th International Carrot Conference.

Last updated Thursday, 15-Mar-2018 11:15:23 CDT