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Online registrations end Feb 2. Walk-ins welcome on Feb 6 and 7 starting at 7:30 am!

This year the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Annual Conference and Tradeshow promises to be the largest ever with over 34 exhibitors and 15 training sessions spread over two days of meetings. Location details and agenda are posted at http://www.aces.edu/dept/associations/afvga/2015AFVGAconference.php.
 
This conference provides an unbelievable range of learning and networking opportunities for all participants. Hands-on workshops include fruit and vegetable grafting, transplant production and propagation, marketing tactics, apiculture (bee production), and high tunnel crops. Get several new Extension publications like the High Tunnel Handbook, Vegetable IPM slide chart and 2015 SE Vegetable Production Handbook free during these classes – these are critical resources for new and experienced producers. Don’t miss the opportunity and register immediately for these special workshops before they get full!
 
Key note speakers include two of the state’s highest officials – Agriculture Commissioner Mr. John McMillan and Mr. Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell. Other key note speakers include Stewart McGill of the famous Tate Farms and Allen Straw, a very knowledgeable Horticulturist from Virginia Tech.
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Educational sessions on Feb 6 include topics like fruit and vegetable production, critical vegetable diseases, cover crops, commercial greenhouse crops, and organic farming 101 (especially suited for new producers). Sessions on Feb 7 include insect pest and weed management (‘weed control 101’ for beginning farmers), irrigation and water management, GAP/food safety and production of exotic specialty crops. This year our speakers come from Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and South Carolina with plenty of hands-on materials. Also, almost every session has producer talks for great peer-to-peer learning experience.    
Insect pest management session this year includes presentations on the management of the spotted wing drosophila, strawberry insect pests, and the infamous cowpea curculio. ‘Weed control 101’ is a special training opportunity for learning basic and advanced weed identification and management tactics with speaker from Virginia and Alabama.

Still not convinced that you should attend the conference?

How about learning about cutting-edge ‘irrigation technology and ‘peach breeding lines’ from experts at Clemson University? How about participating in one of the five grower networking sessions?  Advertise your spare equipment for sale at the ‘Equipment and Supply Swap’ meeting room – a new service for producers at this conference. You will definitely enjoy socializing with the tradeshow and industry personnel for benefiting your business.

Now we should have convinced you that this conference is a valuable opportunity and you can register immediately by visiting http://www.aces.edu/dept/associations/afvga/2015AFVGAconference.php. Online registration ends on Feb 2 with walk-in registrations available on Feb 6 and 7. For registration and tradeshow queries, please contact Jackie Cooper (jjcoop61@bellsouth.net), 334-728-4117.  
 

Article by Ayanava Majumdar and Ann Chambliss


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