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January 23, 2015

Maggie Lawrence
(334) 844-5687

Farmers interested in learning more about opportunities related to expanding fruit and vegetable production in the Southeast are encouraged to attend the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association’s (AFVGA) annual conference and trade show Feb. 6-7 in Opelika.

The convention, hosted at the Marriot Grand National Hotel and Conference Center in Opelika, offers producers access to the newest information and research affecting their operations.

“Producers will hear from experts outside the state of Alabama who they wouldn’t normally get the chance to meet,” Ayanava Majumdar, entomologist and commercial horticulture program coordinator with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES), said. “We are targeting fruit and vegetable producers, gardeners, educators, community leaders and conservation agencies as well as the specialty crop industry by offering a range of educational topics.”

Majumdar said the conference is geared towards professionals, but anyone interested learning more about fruit and vegetable growing would benefit from the seminars.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 6 followed by the general session at 8:30 a.m. Workshops begin at 10 a.m. Topics include vegetable grafting, transplant production, marketing and beekeeping.

The second day opens at 7:30 a.m. with educational sessions on new farmers, irrigation, food safety, commercial greenhouse training and high tunnel crop producers. The conference ends at 1 p.m.

Registration is $100 per attendee and $60 for a second attendee in the same party. Trade show cost is $250 per booth with one person attending and $75 for the second attendee. Lunch is provided and sale of products is allowed at booths.

Registration for members, sponsors and exhibitors is available here.

A detailed agenda with activities and times for both days can be found here.

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