LSU AgCenter Announces 9th Annual Mayhaw Conference

Charles Graham, Pyzner, John R., Coolman, Denise  |  4/22/2005 6:58:34 PM

News Release Distributed 04/05/04

Mayhaw growers can learn the latest research about producing their crops at the 9th Annual Mayhaw Conference scheduled for April 17 in Alexandria.

The conference, which also will cover economic factors involved in mayhaw production, is hosted by the LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Mayhaw Association.

Dr. John Pyzner, a horticulturist with the LSU AgCenter, said this year’s program contains valuable information that will help mayhaw growers produce their crops profitably.

"Several speakers will cover topics that are of great importance to growers," Pyzner said. "Growers can learn how varieties have changed, as well as health benefits gained from eating mayhaws. We have a diversified agenda for the day."

The conference will held at the Holiday Inn Convention Center at 701 4th St. in Alexandria and includes two speakers from the LSU AgCenter. Dr. Charlie Graham, an LSU AgCenter researcher at its Calhoun Research Station, will speak on the health benefits of eating mayhaws, and Pyzner will speak about mayhaw festivals conducted across the South."

Other speakers will include Charlie Hutchins, owner and manager of the Grant Fruit Processing Co., who will speak on the marketing potential of mayhaws. There also will be a mayhaw grafting demonstration as well as discussions on improved mayhaw varieties and using a tree shaker to harvest mayhaws. In addition, participants will hear about a new mayhaw Web site and how to use the Internet to promote their products.

Participants are requested to register by April 13. The cost of participating in the conference is $30, which includes one year’s membership in the Louisiana Mayhaw Association Inc. and lunch during the conference. A member’s spouse can register for $15, and those who don’t want to join the association can register for $20.

To register, contact Don Lord at 8297 Louisiana Highway 68, Jackson, LA 70748, or call (225) 634-2618. Lord may also be contacted at mayhaw@bellsouth.net.

A Mayhaw Cooking Contest also will be held the day of the conference. Entries will be judged, and winners will be announced that morning. For more information on the contest, contact Lou Altazan-Brown in the LSU AgCenter’s Rapides Parish office at (318) 473-6605.

Preliminary figures for mayhaw production in Louisiana in 2003 shows 205 producers harvested 143,647 pounds of fruit on 644 acres. Total gross farm value of mayhaws in Louisiana in 2003 was nearly $164,000.

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Contact: 
            Charlie Graham at (318) 644-5865 or cjgraham@agcenter.lsu.edu
            John Pyzner at (318) 644-5865 or jpyzner@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer: 
            A. Denise Coolman at (318) 644-5865 or dcoolman@agcenter.lsu.edu

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