2014 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention
January 28 to 30
Hershey Lodge and Convention Center
The 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. For the 2014 Convention, the North American Raspberry and Blackberry Association and the Virginia State Horticultural Society will also be meeting in Hershey. Registration is open to all interested commercial fruit, vegetable and berry growers, direct marketers and allied industry personnel.
The schedule for the 2014 Convention is now posted here.
The day before the main Convention opens, several special workshops will be offered. The Young Grower Alliance will be presenting a workshop entitled: Opportunities for a New Generation of Specialty Crop Growers Entrepreneurship, Team Building, Innovation, Market Diversification. Two marketing workshops will be offered: Creating Outstanding Gift Baskets and Employee Etiquette. The North American Raspberry and Blackberry Association will present workshops on raspberry and blackberry production for both beginners and experienced growers. The Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association will present a Greenhouse Short Course plus workshops on Getting Started in Vegetable Production and Keeping Fresh Produce Safe Using Good Agricultural Practices. For further information on the workshops, click here
The Young Grower Alliance will be hosting a luncheon on January 28 at 12:00 noon.
On January 29, the session “Técnicas de Producción de Frutas y Hortalizas ” will be presented especially for Spanish speaking workers in the fruit and vegetable industries. It will feature various relevant production presentations in Spanish. That evening there will be a workshop on Vegetable Seed Heat Treatment.
Many pesticide applicator update training credits are available to Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey growers attending the sessions. The program covers nearly every aspect of fruit, vegetable, potato and berry production. Commercial growers should not pass up this terrific educational opportunity.
Registration is required for all persons attending the Convention trade show or educational sessions. Registration with any of the four sponsoring organizations allows one to attend any of the sessions although there are additional charges for some workshops and meals.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on exhibiting at the Convention, contact Maureen Irvin, Convention Coordinator at 717-677-4184 or email@example.com.