James E. Boudreaux | 4/19/2005 10:29:10 PM
LSU AgCenter experts will be among those sharing their expertise at a meeting of vegetable growers from across the South next month in Mobile, Ala.
Fruit and vegetable growers from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama will gather for the Deep South Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Trade Show at the Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile Dec. 8-10.
"This is the seventh time that the growers from the three states have joined together to put on a meeting and trade show," said LSU AgCenter vegetable production specialist Dr. James Boudreaux. "The meeting has grown each year, and 500 people are expected to attend this year’s meeting with a trade show of more than 30 vendors."
Educational programs on bioterrorism and food safety will be presented at the conference’s opening session the afternoon of Dec. 8. Other educational sessions that evening will focus on programs of interest to new vegetable and blueberry growers.
Other topics to be covered during the meeting and a variety of concurrent educational sessions include agritourism, value-added sales of fruits and vegetables, organic farming, alternative crops, and a wealth of production information on blueberries, citrus, peaches, strawberries, other fruit crops, greenhouse tomatoes and other vegetable crops.
The sessions will be presented by university faculty from the three host states as well as Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and Texas. In addition, growers and agricultural officials from various parts of the country also will share their experience.
A trade show made up of 30 vendors also will run the three days of the meeting. Exhibitors at the show will display the latest development in fruit and vegetable equipment, vegetable varieties, fruit trees, chemicals, fertilizers, drip irrigation, labor acquisition and boxes.
"This is an excellent time for growers to visit with suppliers of the latest information," Boudreaux said.
All growers are encouraged to register for the meeting before Nov. 25. Fees for registration on or before that date are $50 for an individual and $35 for each spouse or additional person connected the same farm. After Nov. 25, those fees increase to $60 and $45.
Registration can be sent to the Deep South Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference. P.O. Box 231, Crystal Springs, MS 39059. Registration also can be accomplished on the Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Web site at http://www2.netdoor.com/~mfvga.
Hotel reservations can be made at the Riverview Plaza Hotel by phoning (866) 749-6069 or (251) 438-4000. Be sure to mention you are attending the conference to get the $63 single and $73 double rate.
Additional information on the meeting can be obtained from Bill Evans at (602) 892-3731 or firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Web site.
Contact: James Boudreaux at (225) 578-2222 or email@example.com