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Stateline growers conference scheduled

Published: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

University of Illinois Extension and University of Wisconsin Extension will host the 17th annual Stateline Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference on Feb. 11 at Midway Village Museum in Rockford.

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 small-scale market growers. 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. The Social Media Contest will showcase farmers who have added marketing to their business plans and made an investment in marketing tools.

The competitions are limited to registered participants. 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, 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.

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