Cut flower workshop scheduled for Nov. 17-18 in Memphis, Tenn.

Johnny Morgan  |  10/21/2009 9:47:22 PM

News Release Distributed 10/21/09

Entrepreneurs considering cut flowers as a full-time or part-time business may want to attend the regional “Rolling the Dice with Cut Flowers” workshop Nov. 17-18 at the Hilton Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.

“Cut flowers are one of the fastest-growing segments of the horticulture trade,” said Allen Owings, a horticulturist with the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station. “There are many growers who think cut flowers might be a good fit, and we hope this workshop will answer their questions and help determine if it’s the right business for them.”

Sessions on the agenda will include:

– Farmers markets vs. wholesale florist.

– Effective cost accounting.

– Best trees and shrubs for woody cut flowers.

– Concurrent sessions for neophytes and established growers.

– First-person examples from the cut-flower business.

Special guest speaker is Allan Armitage, horticulture professor at the University of Georgia.

The workshop is funded by a grant from the Southern Region Risk Management Education Center and is sponsored by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, LSU AgCenter, Mississippi State University Extension Service, the National Center for Appropriate Technology and the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

Registration by Nov. 10 is $85 for two days and $55 for one day. On-site registration is $125. Attendance will be limited to the first 100 registrants.

Information about the workshop and registration material may be found by typing cut flower workshop in the search box at http://msucares.com/ on the Internet or by contacting Owings at 985-543-4125 or aowings@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Johnny Morgan

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