Deep South Fruit And Vegetable Growers Conference Set For Dec. 7-8

James E. Boudreaux  |  11/11/2005 3:27:46 AM

News Release Distributed 11/10/05

The 2005 Deep South Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Trade Show is slated for Dec. 7-8 at the Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, Ala.

Among the highlights of this year’s program will be a session offering "Solutions to Some of the Important Problems in Farming," according to conference organizers, who say this session will address labor, transportation and insurance issues.

Other sessions include programs on agritourism, blueberries, vegetables, organics, peaches and citrus production, as well as a program on how to get started in the fruit and vegetable business. All the sessions are presented in concurrent format to allow individuals to choose the topics they want to hear.

The meeting also will host a large trade show with more than 40 vendors exhibiting the latest products and equipment for fruit and vegetable production.

Each educational session has a highlighted speaker from universities with large research programs, including experts from the LSU AgCenter. Conference organizers say these speakers provide valuable insight into the direction the produce industry is taking in a variety of states, as well as information about the latest findings from their research programs.

"Growers attending the meeting will not only hear the latest production information, they also get to visit with growers from different states and to meet the research and extension people from a variety of universities," said LSU AgCenter commercial vegetable expert Dr. Jimmy Boudreaux. "The meeting is a winning situation for all individuals involved.

"Even if a grower comes away with just one new idea from this meeting that improves yields or sales, then the expense of the trip is well justified," he stressed.

Forms for advance registration for the meeting and additional details can be obtained by visiting the Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Web site at http://www2.netdoor.com/~mfvga/.

Individuals registering by Nov. 21 can take advantage of the reduced fee of $75. Registration after Nov. 21 is $90. Hotel reservations can be made by phoning the Riverview Plaza Hotel at (866) 749-6069.

For additional information on the program or exhibiting at the trade show, contact Bill Evans at (601) 892-3731 or wbe@ra.msstate.edu or Guy Feltenstein at guyf@mdac.state.ms.us.

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Contact: Jimmy Boudreaux at (225) 578-2222 or jboudreaux@agcenter.lsu.edu

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