U of I Extension Hosts 17th Annual Stateline Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
University of Illinois Extension
and University of Wisconsin Extension will host the 17th Annual
Stateline Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference on Monday, February 11, 2013
at Midway Village Museum in Rockford.
January 16, 2013
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.
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
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.
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.
information, contact Ellen Phillips, Extension educator and local foods and
small farms educator at email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org