From marketing and weed management to cucurbits and environmental controls, the Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (AFVGA) Conference and Trade Show is fertile ground for producer education.
The annual convention is Nov. 16-17 at the Clanton Conference & Performing Arts Center in Clanton. Registration is $100 and closes Oct. 23 at tinyurl.com/afvga17.
AFVGA Executive Director Mac Higginbotham called the conference and trade show a one-stop-shop for farmers to glean information and network.
“Alabama’s horticulture industry is booming in response to consumers buying more local fruits, vegetables and added-value products,” Higginbotham said. “Our conference is a great opportunity for new producers and seasoned growers to share information and learn from industry experts.”
Workshops will cover:
Fruit and berry production
Pollinator management and more.
Keynote speaker Dr. Amnon Erez will discuss peach production issues to close the conference. Erez works at Israel’s Agricultural Research Organization.
Trade show booths are $400 for industry and $300 for nonprofits, universities and agencies.
Attendees can tour Boozer Farms, a diversified family operation in Thorsby, for an additional $15. Educational sessions will be recorded and available on flash drives for $25. Lunch Nov. 16 is provided courtesy of the Alabama Farmers Cooperative.
The registration deadline is Monday, October 23.