The Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference has been scheduled for
Jan. 6-9, 2011. Sponsored by the Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers
Association and the South Carolina Peach Council, the event will be held in
Savannah, GA, at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center.
Featuring informative workshops, classes and demonstrations, the 2011 event
also has been expanded to a third day of programs. In addition, The North
American Raspberry & Blackberry Association will hold its annual meeting in
conjunction with the conference.
Designed to bring the most up-to-date and relevant information to the fruit
and vegetable industry, the 2011 show promises to be bigger and better than
ever. More than 2,200 growers and industry representatives attended in 2010.
The conference, currently in its 13th year, offers some very informative
educational sessions available for fruit and vegetable production. During the
three-day program, over 85 hours of commodity-specific production
training, pest-management information and marketing updates will be
offered to attendees.
Commodities will include peaches, vegetables, Vidalia onions, watermelons,
muscadine grapes, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and
pecans. In addition to the commodity-production sessions, special Good
Agricultural Practices, food safety, organic production and roadside markets
sessions will be held. A business operations educational track has also been
added this year to help producers across all commodities run the day-to-day
operations of their organizations and make sound business and marketing
decisions. Continuing education credits are available.
Other special events are planned for the conference as well. On Saturday
morning of the event, there will be an awards program at which several
individuals and groups will be recognized for their accomplishments and
contributions to the fruit and vegetable industry. On Sunday, an industry
roundtable is planned for both growers and suppliers to discuss issues of
mutual concern. This forum provides input for the 2011 program of work to
be adopted by the Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association's board of
directors in February 2011.
The 2011 trade show, held in conjunction with the education sessions, offers
an assembly of vendors and suppliers to the fruit and vegetable industry. With
over 200 companies already committed to the conference, the 2011 trade
show will provide attendees with the opportunity to compare products, talk
with industry representatives, observe demonstrations, network with other
growers and learn about the latest in fresh produce technology.
The hours for the trade show have been expanded in 2011 to give both
attendees and exhibitors plenty of time for interaction.
Other events during the conference include a Friday night reception and live
auction on the trade show floor, a Saturday night reception at the Westin
Savannah Harbor and a silent auction held during the trade show.