2021 Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Tradeshow

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Agenda

Thursday, November 18th - Friday, November 19th

Thursday, November 18 2021

Round One Breakout Sessions

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Tree Fruit/ Room- Live Oak I:
Peach Rootstock - Overcoming Armillaria and Peach Tree Decline
Dario Chavez
Moderator - David Lawerence

Small Fruits/ Room- Live Oak II:
Frost Prevention in Blueberries and other small fruits.
Eric Stafne
Moderator - Eric Schavey

Vegetable Production/ Room- Live Oak III:
Increasing yields in Organic Production
Timothy Coolong
Moderator - Olivia Fuller

Marketing and Farm Management/ Room- Dogwood (05):
Getting ready for Farm Safety Modernization Act
Andy Tipton
Moderator - Kristin Wood
 

Round Two Breakout Sessions

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Tree Fruit/ Room- Live Oak I:
Disease Management in Apple Orchards
David Lockwood
Moderator - David Lawerence

Small Fruits/ Room- Live Oak II:
Basics of Plasticulture for Strawbery Production
Amanda McWhirt
Moderator - Eric Shavey

Vegetable Production/ Room- Live Oak III:
Irrigate Smart - Increasing Yields through Better Irrigation
Andre da Silva
Moderator  - Olivia Fuller
 

Marketing and Farm Management/ Room- Dogwood (05):
Topic: TBD
Camilla Rodreguiz
Moderator - Kristin Wood
 

Round Three Breakout Sessions

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Tree Fruit/ Room- Live Oak I:
Peach Tree Fertilization
Dario Chavez
Moderator - David Lawerence


Small Fruits/ Room- Live Oak II:
Cultivars for Alabama Strawberry Growers
Allen Straw
Moderator - Eric Schavey
 

Vegetable Production/ Room- Live Oak III:
Using Slow Release Fertilizer in Field Grown Vegetables
Bob Hochmuth
Moderator - Olivia Fuller
 

Marketing and Farm Management/ Room- Dogwood (05):
Getting Social - Using Social Media as a Marketing Tool
Marlee Moore
Moderator - Krsitin Wood
 

Conference Kickoff and Networking Break (Room- Gulfview Ballroom I)

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

 

Round Four Breakout Sessions

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Tree Fruit/ Room- Live Oak I:
Doing More with Less - The Future of the Pecan Industry in the Southeast
Lenny Wells
Moderator - Doug Chapman
 

Small Fruits/ Room- Live Oak II:
Strawberry Pest Alert - Scouting for and Managing Neopestaloptiopsis
Phil Brannen
Moderator -Chip East


Vegetable Production/ Room- Live Oak III:
Cultivar Selection for Southeastern Vegetable Crops
Andre da Silva
Moderator - Neil Kelly
 

Marketing and Farm Management/ Room- Dogwood (05):
Using Online Portals to Reach More Customers
Barn2Door Marketing
Moderator - Jacob Kelly
 

Round Five Breakout Sessions

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Tree Fruit/ Room- Live Oak I:
Managing Apple Disease in Alabama
Phil Brannen
Moderator - Doug Chapman
 

Small Fruits/ Room- Live Oak II:
Growing Bluerberry Operations - Moving from U-Pick to Wholesale
Eric Stafne
Moderator - Chip East

Vegetable Production/ Room- Live Oak III:
New Melon Varieties for the Southeast
Joe Kemble
Moderator - Neil Kelly
 

Marketing and Farm Management/ Room- Dogwood (05):
Building a Better Farm Budget
Jessie Boswell
Moderator - Jacob Kelly
 

Lunch and Conference Welcome

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Joe Lambrecht and Hunter McBrayer
Jimmy Parnell

Special Guest - Rick Pate

 

Tradeshow Visits (Room- Gulfview Ballroom I)

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

 

Ag Labor: What's Next?

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Issues in Ag - What's on the Horizon?

Panel Discussion wtih Dan Bremmer, Mitt Walker, Allison Crittenden and more.

 

AFVGA General Business Session and Awards

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Joe Lambrecht Presiding

Adjourn - Dinner on your own

 

Friday, November 19 2021

Round One Breakout Sessions

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Tree Fruit/ Room- Live Oak I:
Apples for the Southeast
David Lockwood


Small Fruits/ Room- Live Oak II:
Blackberry Pests and Management
Amanda McWhirt
 

Vegetable Production/ Room- Live Oak III:
Cultivar Selections for High Tunnel Production
Tim Coolong
 

Marketing and Farm Management/ Room- Dogwood (05):
Getting Started with H-2A
Dan Bermmer
 

Round Two Breakout Sessions

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Tree Fruit/ Room- Live Oak I:
Peach Scab Control - Cultural and Chemical Options for Small Producers
Phil Brannen
 

Small Fruits/ Room- Live Oak II:
Blackberry Production - New Varities for Alabama
Arnold Caylor
Moderator - Rudy Yates

Vegetable Production/ Room- Live Oak III:
Disease Management in Watermelons
Bob Hochmuth
Moderator - Chip East
 

Marketing and Farm Management/ Room- Dogwood (05):
Wholesale Distributors Panel
Moderator - Jacob Kelly
 

Round Three Breakout Sessions

9:00 AM - 9:30AM

Tree Fruit/ Room- Live Oak I:
Research Updates from Auburn University
Elina Coneva
 

Small Fruits/ Room- Live Oak II:
Muscadine Production fro Wine and Fresh Markets
David Lockwood
 

Vegetable Production/ Room- Live Oak III:
IPM Updates from ACES
Ayanava Majumdar
 

Marketing and Farm Management/ Room- Dogwood (05):
Wholesale Meet and Greet
Whole Vendors and Distributors
 

Brunch and Tradeshow Visits (Room - Gulfview Ballroom I & II)

9:30AM - 10:15 AM

 

General Session (Room- Gulfview Ballroom II)

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Horticulture Department Updates:
Desmond Layne

Department of Ag Updates:
Andy Tipton, Christel Hardin

Legislative Updates and Issues:
Matthew Durdin

 

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