Commercial Horticulture Winter Meetings

— Written By

TO: Commercial Fruit & Vegetable Growers, Agents, & Industry

FROM: Erin R. Eure Area Specialized Agent – Commercial Fruits & Vegetables Northeast Region

SUBJECT: Winter Meetings

January 19 NC Sweet Potato Commission Meeting, Clinton, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.,

Sampson County Agri-Expo Center, 414 Warsaw Road, Clinton.

**Pre-registration by January 9 is preferred.**

January 24 Peach Growers Society Annual Meeting, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.,

Moore County Extension Office, 707 Pinehurst Ave, Carthage, NC.

**Contact 357-1400 for registration information.**

Presentations ranging from ‘Why should peach production be a part of a farm enterprise’, to how to market peaches, and everything in between.

January 25 Commercial Vegetable Meeting, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Nixon’s Catering, Edenton.

**Call 357-1400 to register by January 20.**

FSMA – Training Requirements & Compliance Dates Product Label Updates

Greenhouse Transplant Production (Seedless Watermelons)

Driftwatch Program & WPS Changes

Sponsored lunch, pesticide credits – 2 hours N, O, D, X.

January 26 Drone Meeting, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Perquimans County Extension Office.

Brief overview of capabilities, systems costs, potential applications in agriculture, and the current regulatory environment. Time and weather permitting, a demonstration will be provided.

February 8-9 Winter Vegetable Conference & 49th Annual Tomato Growers Meeting,

Crowne Plaza Resort, Asheville, NC.

**Discount hotel rate valid through January 8.**

Includes a FSMA Grower Training opportunity. More details and registration at the link below, click on ‘Attendee packet’:

February 13 Respirator Fit-Test/Medical Clearance, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. first come first serve,

Crossroads Fire Dept, 105 Center Hill Rd, Tyner.

Fit-Test FREE, Medical Clearance $40. Must show proof of current medical clearance in order to get fit-tested. Bring your respirator if you have one.

February 22 Hampton Roads Fruit & Vegetable Conference, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Hickory

Ruritan Club, 2752 Battlefield Blvd, South, Chesapeake, VA 23322.

February 27-28

Mid-Atlantic Strawberry Programs, for more information and to preregister, contact Jill Wright (757) 385-8316.

Feb 27 Field Walk, 12:30 p.m. until dark, Hickory Ridge Farms and Brookdale Farms.

New Grower Workshop/Back to Basics Training, 5:30-9:00 p.m., location and cost to be determined. Updated Strawberry Plasticulture Notebook included.

Feb 28 Strawberry School & Trade Show, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., VA Beach

Advanced Technology Center, 1800 College Crescent/TCC Campus, VA Beach.