AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Registration for the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (AFVGA) conference is now open. The conference is slated for Nov. 21 – 22 at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center in Clanton.
Ayanava Majumdar, an Alabama Extension entomologist, serves as a scientific advisor to AFVGA.
“Attendees have some excellent educational sessions opportunities,” Majumdar said. “In addition to these sessions, Eric Ray Walker, a University of Tennessee Extension specialist, will be speak on growing industrial hemp in the Southeast in a general session.”
Conference sessions are grouped in four major areas.
Tree Fruit Production
- Improved growing systems – reducing labor and improving yields
- Scab and brown rot management update for Southeastern peach production
- Preventing cold damage – a grower’s perspective
- Advanced tactics for orchard weed management
Small Fruit Production
- Practical control of SWD in small fruit productions
- Weed management in vineyards
- Best management practices for strawberry disease control
- Extending seasons with protected cultivation
- Growing blueberries in the Southeast
Vegetable Production and IPM Tactics
- Advanced trap cropping in Alabama
- Managing height of tomato transplants in greenhouses
- Specialty melons for Alabama – time to try something different
- Growing pumpkins in the Southeast
- Irrigation and nitrogen management in plasticulture
Business Management and Food Safety
- Navigating H-2A – growing your farm with guest labor programs
- USDA, RMA, NAP – What does it all mean? Understanding USDA crop insurance
- More than strawberries – picking up business with U-picks
- Get social – making marketing matter
- FSMA – a guide to better inspection
The registration fee is $85. Visit the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association website to register, or for more information, on the conference agenda. Registration for the conference will close Oct. 21.