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December 3, 2012

Symposium to offer resources, education for vegetable growers

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Vegetable farmers and market gardeners can learn about resources and processes to improve their businesses at the Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium.

The meeting will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST Jan. 3 at Teibel's Family Restaurant, 1775 U.S. 41, Schererville, in Lake County.

Speakers will include Purdue Extension specialists Rick Foster, Dan Egel and Fred Whitford, presenting on neonicotinoid insecticides, managing vegetable diseases in dry weather, and accurate pesticide measurement, and University of Illinois Extension educator Elizabeth Wahle, speaking on strawberry production.

Participants also will learn about programs for vegetable farmers through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Before the program and during breaks, participants can visit in the business display room with suppliers and agency representatives in the vegetable industry.

"Vegetable farmers will benefit from the symposium by learning how to manage insects and diseases efficiently and effectively," said Purdue Extension horticulture specialist Liz Maynard, who will present at the symposium. "They can stay up-to-date on recommended practices for producing high-quality produce and hear new ideas that will help them market what they grow."

Advance registration costs $20 and the deadline is Dec. 17. Participants also may register at the door for $25, but they will not be guaranteed lunch. For more information or to register, visit https://ag.purdue.edu/hla/fruitveg/Pages and look under "Hot Topics" or contact Liz Maynard at 219-531-4200 Ext. 4206.

Businesses interested in having tables in the business display room during the symposium can also visit the event website for more information.

Writer: Jessica Merzdorf, 765-494-8402, jmerzdor@purdue.edu

Source: Liz Maynard, 219-531-4200 ext. 4206, emaynard@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson, robins89@purdue.edu
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