U of I Extension Hosts 17th Annual Stateline Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 2013
The conference will feature speakers from University of Illinois Extension, University of Wisconsin Extension, and Purdue University Extension. Liz Maynard, Extension Specialist with Purdue University, will be the keynote speaker. She will discuss last year's cantaloupe contamination in Indiana – how it happened and how to prevent it from happening again. Other session topics include insect and disease control for fruits and vegetables, use of high tunnels, organic soil amendments, drought issues, crop storage, produce safety tips, and more.
The Stateline Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference is for both experienced and beginning farmers, conventional and organic growers, and those with many acres as well as the small-scale market grower. Sessions will provide research-based information and best practices from Illinois, Wisconsin, and Purdue University Extension Services.
Competitions will be part of this year's conference. The Innovator Competition will highlight farmers' ability to fix, mend, and innovate. Entries can be anything that has been created to solve a problem or make a piece of equipment easier to use or safer to use. Only a picture and description are needed on the entry form.
The Social Media Contest, which will showcase farmers who have added marketing to their business plans and made an investment in marketing tools such as brochures or flyers, websites or Facebook, will be offered at the Stateline Fruit and Vegetable School. Categories include farm websites, farm Facebook pages, and farm marketing tools such as brochures or flyers. The categories will be evaluated for effectiveness, branding, comprehensive information, and professionalism. A nominal award, based on the most points, will be awarded during the last session on marketing.
The competitions are limited to registered participants in the Stateline Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Check out the rules and download an entry form at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw/.
The cost to attend is $40 per person or $50 for late registration (after Feb. 7). Registration includes two general education sessions, attendee's choice of four breakout sessions, continental breakfast and lunch. To register, visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw or call the U of I Extension-Winnebago County office at 815-986-4357.
For more information, contact Ellen Phillips, Extension educator and local foods and small farms educator at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone her at 815-732-2191. The Annual Stateline Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference is co-sponsored by U of I and U of W Extension.
University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Unit Office at least two weeks prior to the event. University of Illinois Extension offers practical, research-based programs that help people improve their lives and address critical community issues involving youth, families, economics, health and natural resources.
Source: Ellen Phillips, Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms, email@example.com