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Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference to take place virtually across four days in January


The 2021 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference, the premier event for statewide produce growers to interact and learn, is set to take place virtually across four days in January, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced.

“Each year experts in Kentucky’s produce community come together to share their knowledge with the rest of the state,” Quarles said. “Learning from these experts is the best part of the Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference. While the 2021 conference may look a bit different, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is proud to once again be part of this educational experience.”

Ryan Quarles

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA), in cooperation with the Kentucky State Horticultural Society (KSHS), Kentucky Vegetable Growers Association (KVGA), Organic Association of Kentucky (OAK), Kentucky Wineries Association (KWA), Kentucky Horticulture Council (KHC), the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (UK), Kentucky State University College of Agriculture, Communities and the Environment (KSU), are joining together to bring this year’s conference to participants virtually.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the conference has switched to a virtual format for the first time. The conference will include a general session, as well as sessions on protected agriculture production technologies, organic production, vegetable production (beginner and advanced), fruit production (beginner and advanced) and business management. In addition to the four days of session, other conference events include a virtual wine and cider tasting and a Farmers’ Market Short Course organized by KDA.

Kentucky specialty crop growers will present as well as Kentucky Extension specialists and out-of-state speakers including: David Doud, Midwest Apple Improvement Association Board Chairperson, David Doud’s Countryline Orchard, Wabash, Ind; Dr. Dave Lockwood, Extension Fruit Specialist, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.; and Dr. Annett Wszelaki, Professor of Horticulture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.

Pre-registration is available online or by mailing in the meeting registration form by Dec. 18. After this date, you may continue to register online through the final session on Jan. 26, 2021. The conference registration fee is $25 and includes a year’s membership in the KVGA, KSHS, or OAK and full access to the recorded content for a year.

Registered participants will be emailed an invitation to join the conference via Zoom on Jan. 5, 12, 19, and 26. Those wishing to participate who do not have computer access may attend at one of the in-person viewing sessions at local county Extension offices. A current listing of participating county extension offices is available on the Conference website.

For registration questions, call (859) 490-0889 or email info@kyhortcouncil.org.

The full conference program, information about pesticide CEUs, and registration instructions are available on the Conference webpage: kyhortcouncil.org.

From Kentucky Department of Agriculture

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