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Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (AFVGA) conference

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.”

Sessions

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

Registration

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.

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