2019 National FHB Forum

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2019 National Fusarium Head Blight Forum
December 8-10, 2019
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

In December, the USWBSI will hold its annual conference, the 2019 National Fusarium Head Blight Forum.  It will be held at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The Forum is an integral component of the U.S. Wheat & Barley Scab Initiative.  Growers and grower group representatives, millers and other food processors, consumers, and scientists (public and private) are all encouraged to attend.  Please check back periodically for updated information.



The Forum will begin at 1:00 pm on Sunday, December 8, and end at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, December 10.  The program will consist of speaker and poster sessions, and focused group discussions.  

General schedule of Forum is below.  Click here to view the program.  (Final Program)

There will be three General Sessions and each session will include a cominbation of long and short, interdisciplinary oral presentations.  

Session 1: Sunday PM, 12/8
Session 2: Monday PM, 12/9
Session 3: Tuesday AM, 12/10


Poster Presentations*

Even Numbered Posters: Sunday PM (12/8)
Odd Numbered Posters: Monday PM (12/9)

*Each Poster Session will be preceded by an associated Flash & Dash (F&D) Presentations (see description below).

Flash & Dash Presentations

Flash & Dash are for graduate students, post-docs and early career professionals.  Presenters will give a short (5 minute) 'flash and dash' presentation of the work highlighted in their poster prior to the poster sessions.  This exercise is expected to increase the visibility of your research, and attract interest to your poster during the poster session.  Selection of Flash & Dash Presenters will be based on review of associated abstract or paper.  Individuals who indicated interest in giving a F&D Presentations associated with their poster will be notified no later than November 16.

Poster Competition

New for the 2019 Forum will be a poster competition!  There will be two major categories, graduate student or post-doctoral research associate.  For more information, go to the Poster/Paper webpage.

Other Events/Meetings

NWIC Meeting, Dec. 11th: The National Wheat Improvement Committee (NWIC) will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 11.  Please contact Eric Olson at eolson@msu.edu for more information.


The registration fee (US$175.00; US$210.00 after November 11) is handled in conjunction with the on-line registration process (i.e. not through the hotel).  Advanced registration is REQUIRED.  The registration fee includes the following:

  • Forum materials including an electric copy of the Forum proceedings; and
  • Refreshment AM and PM Breaks along with the following Meals:
    • Sunday, 12/8 - Dinner
    • Monday, 12/9 - Breakfast and Lunch
    • Tuesday, 12/10 - Breakfast

Cancellation/Refund Policy:

Cancellations made on or before November 11th will receive a full refund.  Cancellations made after November 11th will receive a partial refund (Registration fee -$35.00 USD).  No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after November 22nd.

To register for the 2019 National FHB Forum, click here.



Hotel Reservations:

The Forum will be held at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, 333 West Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203.  Participants are responsible for making (and paying for) their own reservations directly with the hotel using a credit card, and are guaranteed special room rates (see rates below) between the dates of November 26 - December 9.

  • $ 99.00 + tax/night for singles and doubles
  • $119.00 + tax/night for triples
  • $139.00 + tax/night for quads

These low room rates are based upon the expectation that Forum participants will stay at this hotel.  Hotel reservations must be made by Monday, November 18th.  After November 18th, the rooms that have been held for the Forum participants at the special rate will be released, and sold on a first come first serve basis.

For more information on room types and amenities, click here.

To Make Hotel Reservations
  • Via Web (recommended method):  To make your reservations on-line, go to https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/MKERM/G-WHBA.  Select your check-in and check-out dates, change number of rooms, number of guest if needed, and then click on 'FIND ROOMS.'  Then 'Select' your room type.  If you are shown a rate other than our negoitiated rated, try selecting a different room type or contact the NFO.
  • Via Phone:  Call the hotel at 1-888-591-1234.  Inform the reservations agent that you wish to make the reservation under either ´US Wheat&Barley´ or ´USWBSI´ (i.e. group).  This will ensure that your reservation is booked under our group with the special room rate.

NOTE:  If you are quoted a different rate please contact the organizers.

Traveling to the Forum:

Air Travel

The Hyatt Regency Milwaukee is approximately 10 miles from the General Mitchell International Airport (MKE).

  • From Airport to Hotel by Taxi, Uber or Lift:  Cost is between ~ $23-48 USD according to RIDEGURU.
  • International Travel Information

    International attendees, apply early for your visa as it could take up to 3-4 months to receive a visa.  Click here for visa information.  If you need a letter of invitation in order to obtain your visa, please contact the Networking and Facilitation Office.  Make sure you have registered for the Forum prior to requesting a letter.



    Forum participants can report research results in one of the following formats: 1) poster plus associated paper; 2) poster with an associated abstract; or 3) stand-alone paper.  Invited speakers are encouraged to submit either an abstract or papaer associated with their talk.  For both options 1 and 2, there is the option to indicate interest in giving a Flash & Dash presentation, as well as entering poster in the competition.  There is no limit to the number of poster abstracts or papers submitted by one author.

    Please click here for more information on the submission of poster/papers for the 2019 National FHB Forum.


    The Proceedings, which will be available (electronic format only) prior to the start of the Forum, are not meant to act as a formal scientific reference but rather as a means of increasing communication both during and after the Forum.  Readers will be informed that reproduction or referencing of reports can only occur with the author's permission.



    If your company or organization is interested in sponsoring a portion of the Forum, please contact the USWBSI's Networking & Facilitation office (contact information listed below).  Recognition will be given both during the Forum and in the Forum proceedings.  Click on sponsor's logo to access their designated Website.

    Sponsors as of 11/05/19:

    Amercian Malting Barley Association

    Bayer CropScience

    Minnesota Wheat Research
    & Promotion Council




    Nov. 7th: Deadline for registration of Posters/Papers/Abstracts.  DEADLINE EXTENDED!
    Deadline for the submission of abstract and paper content for the Forum proceedings.  DEADLINE EXTENDED!
    Nov. 9th: Late registration begins (Fee: US$210.00)
    Nov. 11th: Deadline for Early Registration (Fee: US$175.00)
    Last day to receive full refund.  DEADLINE EXTENDED!
    Nov. 14th: Individuals notified of selection for Flash & Dash Presentations.
    Nov. 18th: Last day to reserve hotel room with guaranteed availability and rate.
    Nov. 22nd: On-line Registration closes.
    Last day to receive partial refund.


    Questions/Contact Organizers:

    If you have any questions regarding the 2019 National Fusarium Head Blight Forum, please contact the Networking and Facilitation Office at 517-353-0201 or nfo@scabusa.org.  Mailing address listed below:

    ATTN: Susan Canty
    USWBSI Networking & Facilitation Office
    Plant and Soil Sciences Building
    1066 Bogue St., RM 584C
    East Lansing, MI 48824