Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Hosts 22nd Annual
Oct. 15---The 22nd
meeting of the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (AFVGA)
will be held Nov. 30 through Dec. 1 at Gulf State Park Hotel in Gulf
Shores. The Alabama Pumpkin Association (APA) will join AFVGA,
combining the groups' annual meetings and short courses.
Working with migrant
laborers will be a primary focus of the conference. U.S.
Representative Bob Riley will discuss a variety of migrant labor
issues with participants. Phillip Moncrief with the U.S. Department
of Labor will offer the latest information on Occupational Health
and Safety Administration's (OSHA) regulations relating to migrant
In addition to labor
issues, the two-day conference will include seminars on marketing,
variety trials, pest control and tillage options.
"There is a great
variety of seminars this year," says Henry Williams, AFVGA
president and Chilton County peach grower. "Saturday features
both a vegetable track as well as a small fruits/tree fruits
Dr. Joe Kemble,
Extension vegetable horticulturist, says the conference offers
something for the newest grower to longtime professionals.
"I'm excited about
the Alabama Pumpkin Association and AFVGA hosting a joint
meeting," says Kemble. "This could be the beginning of a
long-term cooperative effort between the two organizations."
AFVGA/APA members is $25 and for non-members is $45. Reduced
registrations fees are available for Master Gardeners.
The Gulf State
Park Resort Hotel is providing a special rate for those attending
the conference ($39/night plus tax). Call 1-800-544-4853 for
reservations. Be sure to tell the operator that you are with the
Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference.
can contact Kemble at (334) 844-3050 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
SOURCE: Dr. Joe Kemble,
Horticulturist, Alabama Cooperative Extension System,