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 Dr. Jay Lehr

2017 Keynote Speaker



This year's Keynote Speaker is Dr. Jay Lehr.  An economist and futurist, Dr. Lehr has five decades of experience in Agricultural Economics, Agronomy, Environmental Science and Business Administration.  He received a degree in geological engineering from Princeton and he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in a combined program of environmental science and agricultural economics.   He will be discussing how Mid-Atlantic fruit and vegetable growers can take advantage of future trends in agriculture as the climate, technology, economy and political landscape change.


Dr. Lehr taught at both the University of Arizona and The Ohio State University before serving as Executive Director of the National Ground Water Association and the Association for Ground Water Scientists and Engineers. For over 20 years, he has been Science Director of the Heartland Institute, a think tank supported by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations.


A prolific writer, Dr. Lehr is the author of 35 books. The Handbook of Environmental Science, Health and Technology, Modern Groundwater Exploration and The Environmental Remediation Handbook are three of his most recent. He is a frequent guest on Fox's Neil Cavuto Show.


In addition to being a brilliant environmental scholar, Dr. Lehr is an accomplished athlete and Certified Personal Trainer. He has competed in the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon nine times and won the over 70 Florida Ironman in 2007. He is an avid cyclist and holds the record for the world's longest streak of monthly skydives.; one dive every month for 34 years and 11 months.  His streak was interrupted by a broken hip from a bicycle crash, but he was back to jumping the following month.  He doubts that anyone is dumb enough to challenge his record. 


Plan Now to Attend the

2017 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention

January 31 - February 2

Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

2017 Educational Program is Now Posted!


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. Click here to see the Educational Program details. Six or more concurrent educational sessions and workshops will be offered on all three days of the Convention.

The day before the main Convention opens, growers can chose between a bus tour of York County farm markets or eight different workshops. The workshops include FSMA Grower Training, Hands-On Apple Tree Grafting, Cider Symposium, Hops Production, Greenhouse Vegetable Production, Recall Readiness, Vegetable Grafting and Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator License Training.

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 30 to February 1, 2018

            January 29 to 31, 2019

            January 28 to 30, 2020

            February 2 to 4, 2021


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