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2018 Keynote Speaker

Charlie Arnot

Charlie Arnot
Values, Trust and Science:  Building Trust in Our Post-Truth Tribal World

Charlie Arnot is a recognized thought leader in food and agriculture and CEO of The Center for Food Integrity. He will provide unique, research based insight into building trust with today’s consumer.  Growers will leave the session knowing three things they should start doing, and three things they should stop doing to make their conversations about their fruit and vegetable operations 100% more effective.

Charlie Arnot is highly regarded as both a writer and sought-after speaker who engages audiences across the globe. Charlie has more than 25 years of experience working in communications, public relations and issues management within the food system.  He serves as

CEO of The Center for Food Integrity, a non-profit organization dedicated to building consumer trust and confidence in today’s food system.

One client said of Charlie’s work, “Others help us talk about our business, you help us think differently about who we are and what we do.” His commitment to excellence, innovation and integrity have positioned him as a trusted counselor to CEOs, government leaders and executives, and as a respected industry advisor on critical issues within the food system. Clients and food and farm industry leaders seek his unique expertise in applying the peer-reviewed trust model developed in 2007 to help them build trust in their processes and products.

Charlie spent ten years as a corporate officer for a leading food company. He also worked for a public relations agency, was an award-winning radio journalist and worked in video and film. Charlie grew up in southeast Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Journalism degree.


Plan Now to Attend the

2018 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention

January 30 - February 1, 2018

Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

Tour Details Now Available


Online registration is closed for the convention.

There will be walk-in registration available beginning at 8 AM each day at the convention from January 30 - February 1, 2018

 Members of one of the sponsoring organizations:

  • Walk In - $ 90


  • One-Day- $ 125
  • Three-Day- $ 165

For more information on the various workshops that are still open, please contact Bill Troxell at 717/694-3596.  The bus tour registration is closed as it is full.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week in Hershey!


The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention has become the premier grower meeting in the Northeast combining three days of six or more concurrent educational sessions with a large industry trade show and numerous networking opportunities - all designed to enable fruit, vegetable and berry growers as well as direct marketers to stay on the cutting edge of their industries. About 2,200 persons from throughout the mid-Atlantic region and beyond gather each year at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center for the Convention.  Registration is open to all interested commercial fruit, vegetable and berry growers, direct marketers and allied industry personnel.

Educational Program
Many pesticide applicator update training credits are available to growers attending the sessions. The program covers nearly every aspect of fruit, vegetable, potato, strawberry, bramble, cut flower, greenhouse and wine grape production. Commercial growers should not pass up this terrific educational opportunity. The educational program for the 2018 Convention is posted here. Six or more concurrent educational sessions will be offered on all three days of the Convention.

Pre-Convention Workshops and Tour
The day before the main Convention opens, growers can choose between a fruit and vegetable industry bus tour and several different pre-convention workshops that are described here.  The fruit and vegetable industry bus tour will visit a farm market,  a produce distribution company and the Milton Hershey School and provide an opportunity to network with fellow growers.  The workshops offer a full- or half-day of focused instruction in a given area of interest.

strawberries The annual Mid-Atlantic Cider Contest is conducted during the Convention to determine the best cider in the region.

For general information on the Convention program, contact William Troxell, Publicity Coordinator at 717-694-3596 or

For information on exhibiting at the Convention, contact Maureen Irvin, Convention Coordinator at 717-677-4184 or

The Hershey Lodge and Convention Center is located at 325 University Drive, Hershey, PA  17033.

 Future dates for the Mid-Atlantic Convention are as follows:

  • January 29 to 31, 2019
  • January 28 to 30, 2020
  • February 2 to 4, 2021
  • February 1 to 3, 2022



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