Don't wash your produce immediately
Amanda August | Community News Content

The Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Annual Conference will be on Nov. 16-17 at the Clanton Conference & Performing Arts Center in Clanton. From marketing and weed management to cucurbits and environmental controls, the Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (AFVGA) Conference and Trade Show is fertile ground for producer education. Registration is $100 and closes Oct. 23. To register, visit aces.edu/go/876.

AFVGA Executive Director Mac Higginbotham called the conference and trade show a one-stop-shop for farmers to glean information and network.

"Alabama's horticulture industry is booming in response to consumers buying more local fruits, vegetables and added-value products," Higginbotham said. "Our conference is a great opportunity for new producers and seasoned growers to share information and learn from industry experts."

Workshops will cover educational topics such as:

• Food safety

• Greenhouses

• Fruit and berry production

• Irrigation

• Pollinator management and more.

Keynote speaker Dr. Amnon Erez will discuss peach production issues to close the conference. Dr. Erez works at Israel's Agricultural Research Organization.

Attendees can tour Boozer Farms, a diversified family operation in Thorsby, for an additional $15. Educational sessions will be recorded and available on flash drives for $25. Lunch on Nov. 16 is provided courtesy of the Alabama Farmers Cooperative.

Questions? Contact Mac Higginbotham at mhigginbotham@alfafarmers.org.

For additional details about the organization and to see a full agenda, visit www.afvga.org.

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