According to Jules Janick, co-director of Purdue's Center for New Crops and Plant Products, which is organizing the event, the conference will look at broad issues, such as the need for new crops to solve global problems, and the latest information on specific crops.
An Oct. 24 banquet will be prepared entirely from new crops, including ostrich, quinoa, buckwheat, kiwi fruit, Indiana duck, pearl millet, tempeh (a soy-based food similar to tofu) and new varieties of mushrooms.
Symposium sessions will include:
"If you want to know anything about any new crop from around the world -- any crop from mushrooms to new grains -- you'll find it at this conference," says James Simon, co-director of the new crops center. "We will cover current trends and the latest research findings."
Frieda Caplan of Frieda's Inc., a producer and distributor of specialty produce, will give the banquet address on marketing new foods. "She's the person largely responsible for introducing the kiwi fruit into the United States, so we're eager to hear her story," Janick says.
Registration for the symposium is $255, or $55 for students, which includes a ticket to the banquet and a copy of the symposium proceedings. Tickets to the banquet alone are $30, and copies of the proceedings of the symposium will be available for $100 at a later date for those unable to attend. Registration materials are available from the Continuing Education Business Office of Purdue University, 1586 Stewart Center, Room 110, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1586, or by calling (317) 494-7220. Registrations for one day only will be accepted at the symposium.
Exhibitors or presenters needing additional information about the symposium should contact Anna Whipkey, Purdue University Department of Horticulture, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1165, or call (317) 494-6968.
The symposium will be at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Indianapolis, and lodging reservations can be made with the hotel at (317) 248-2481. The hotel also offers a shuttle service from the Indianapolis International Airport.
The symposium is being organized under the auspices of the Purdue Center for New Crops and Plant Products, the Indiana Business Modernization and Technology Corp. and the Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops.
It is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service, the Cooperative State Research Service, the Alternative Agricultural Research and Commercialization Center, the American Society of Horticultural Science, the Crop Science Society of America, the American Society of Agronomy, the Society for Economic Botany, and the Center for Alternative Plant and Animal Products of the University of Minnesota.
Sources: Jules Janick, (765) 494-1329; home, (765) 463-5411; Internet, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Simon, (765) 494-1328; Internet, email@example.com
Writer: Steve Tally, (765) 494-9809; home, (765) 463-4355; Internet, firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: Journalists are invited to attend the National New Crops Symposium and the banquet featuring new foods. The organizers ask that journalists planning to attend the banquet register before the symposium. For more information or a conference schedule, contact Steve Tally, (765) 494-9809.
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