Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference Scheduled For Nov. 17-18

 Ann Chambliss, Alabama Cooperative Extension Service

The Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association’s annual fall conference is slated for Nov. 17-18 at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center in Clanton. The conference will focus on farm visits, hands-on training and the ever-changing fruit and vegetable industry.

Check in starts at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 17, with the opening session starting at 8:30 a.m. Conference registration is $85.

The Alabama Farmers Federation’s Mac Higginbotham said this conference is a prime networking opportunity for Alabama’s specialty crop farmers.

“Fruit and vegetable production is rapidly growing in Alabama,” said Higginbotham, the Federation’s Horticulture Division director. “Through this conference, we’re creating a community for farmers to share groundbreaking ideas that will change Alabama agriculture for the better.”

Conference topics include conventional and organic growing methods; crop production; pest management; and traditional and alternative crops.

“Our goal is to help farmers improve their bottom line,” said Higginbotham.

Attendees can also visit Penton Farms and see peach production and marketing, as well as U-pick strawberry and pumpkin patches. The tour is offered twice Nov. 17 and is $15.

In addition to general sessions, the conference will have a trade show. Booths are available for $300 each.

For more information, contact Higginbotham at mhigginbotham@alfafarmers.org or (334) 612-5610. 

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