you are involved or interested in raising fruits and vegetables to sell
to the public, make plans now to attend the East Texas Commercial Fruit
and Vegetable Conference on February 16 at the Rose Garden Center (420
Rose Park Dive) in Tyler. Registration for the event will begin at 8 AM
and the conference will adjourn at 3:00 PM. There will also be
commercial vendors on hand throughout to provide attendees with updates
on the latest products for fruit and vegetable production.
This conference is structured with
a morning general session and afternoon breakout sessions that focus on
fruits, vegetables, and viticulture (growing grapes) in more detail.
Topics for the morning session this
year are: Drip Irrigation Management, Pond Management for Irrigation
Purposes, Marketing Success Stories, and Dealing with Feral Hogs –
Problems and Solutions.
Topics for the afternoon breakout
vegetable session are: Go Texan Marketing, Tomato and Southern Pea
Production, New Insect Control Products, and Nematode Updates.
Topics for the afternoon fruit
breakout session are: Go Texan Marketing; Low Input, Sustainable, and
Organic Pecan Management Systems; and Reducing Inputs and Increasing
Peach Orchard Profitability.
Topics for the viticulture
afternoon breakout session are: Go Texan Marketing, Starting a
Vineyard, and a Pierce’s Disease Update.
Cost for the conference is $25 per
person (includes lunch) at the door. Attendees with Texas Department of
Agriculture pesticide licenses will receive 3 hours of continuing
education credit (1 hour Laws and Regulations, and 2 hours General).
For a complete agenda of the event, please visit EastTexasGardening.tamu.edu and click on the link under the ‘Educational Programs’ section or simply call the Smith County Extension office at 903-590-2980.
Extension programs serve people of
all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion,
disability or national origin. Persons wishing to attend this program
who have special needs are asked to contact the office at least 5
working days in advance so that necessary accommodations can be made.