Crowne Plaza hosts the annual N.C. Tomato Growers and a Winter Vegetable Conference, Feb. 22-23

FROM N.C. STATE: (full release)

If you are a commercial vegetable grower, you don’t want to miss the 44th Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Tomato Growers Association and Winter Vegetable Conference to be held on Wednesday and Thursday, February 22nd & 23rd, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, North Carolina.

The educational program, with associated pesticide credits, covers important issues related to growing the vegetables in this area. Some of the topics to be covered include foliar diseases of tomatoes and peppers, emerging trends in insect and weed management, grafting for disease control, irrigation management, vegetables for human health, bell peppers of all colors, marketing, the East Coast Broccoli project, and a tomato breeding update. New this year will be a vegetable producer survey using electronic clickers so you can see the answers of the audience live.

In one of the largest tradeshows of its kind in the region, you can visit with the representatives from over 43 agricultural companies and other businesses and organizations that support our industry.

Registration and the trade show will open at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 22, with the program beginning at 12:30 p.m. A social is planned Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday’s activities begin with registration, trade show and educational programs opening at 9:00 a.m., and end with a 12:30 p.m. lunch and awards program.

For the 17th year, the conference will include a silent auction with the proceeds going to the N.C. Tomato Growers Association’s scholarship fund. Association members donate all the items. This auction has become one of the highlights of the conference with great deals sold to the highest bidders. Results are announced during the sponsored lunch on Thursday.

Conference pre-registration is $30/per person at the door. For more information, visit http//:http://www.nctomato.com or contact Ellen Sprague at 828-685-3989.

Provided by: Jeanine Davis, NC State University. Jeanine_Davis@ncsu.edu

Jeanine M. Davis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Extension Specialist
Dept. of Horticultural Science, NC State University
Email: Jeanine_Davis@ncsu.edu
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Address: Mtn. Hort. Crops Research & Extension Center
455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759
Phone: 828-684-3562 FAX: 828-684-8715


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