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Fruit, vegetable growers plan meeting in Verona

By Linda Breazeale
MSU Ag Communications

VERONA – The growing interest in fruit and vegetable farming in north Mississippi is reflected in the expanded agenda for an upcoming growers’ meeting at the Lee County Agri-Center.

Two full days of seminars and activities are planned for the third annual North Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Trade Show Feb. 14 and 15 in the Magnolia Building at the agri-center in Verona.

The $20 registration fee covers a one-year association membership, monthly electronic newsletters during the growing season, informational materials and lunch both days of the conference. On-site registration begins at 7:45 a.m. each day, and sessions begin at 8:15 a.m.

“The program at this meeting is expanding each year as more and more growers become involved in the association,” said Scott Cagle, conference organizer and Chickasaw County Extension coordinator. “In addition to fruit and vegetable topics, the conference will address organics and agritourism.”

Some subjects that will be discussed include marketing produce, irrigation practices, blueberry and strawberry production, greenhouse and high-tunnel production, and insect, weed and disease control.

Jeff Wilson, area Extension horticulture agent based in Lowndes County, said this meeting addresses some topics unique to north Mississippi growers but generally just makes it easier for growers to take part in a local educational conference.

“Other fruit and vegetable producer meetings are held around the state, but this meeting is geared to our smaller-acreage producers in north Mississippi and is aimed at trying to meet their specific production needs,” he said.

Wilson said the agenda is based on growers’ requests for information.

For more information or to preregister, contact a county Extension office.

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Released: Jan. 24, 2013
Contact: Scott Cagle, (662) 456-4269, or Dr. Jeff Wilson, (662) 328-2111