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Lexington will host fruit, vegetable conference

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Meeting set for Jan. 5-6 at Embassy Suites

By The Staff

After a difficult 2007, including a late freeze and extreme drought conditions, Kentucky’s fruit and vegetable growers saw better growing conditions in 2008. Soon, growers will have an opportunity to hone their skills when the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture hosts a joint meeting of the Kentucky State Horticulture Society, the Kentucky Vegetable Growers Association, the Kentucky Farmers’ Market Association and the Kentucky Grape and Wine Short Course, Jan. 5 and 6 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lexington.

New to the conference this year is an Ag Mechanization and Marketing Innovations Contest available to registered participants.

Concurrent sessions will take place throughout the event covering many aspects of fruit and vegetable production, including commercial tree fruit, winemaking and farmers’ markets.

Conference registration is $30 and includes a one-year membership in the Kentucky Vegetable Growers Association or Kentucky State Horticulture Society and entry into the Grape and Wine Short Course. Banquet and luncheon tickets are only available with advanced registration by Dec. 19. The conference is jointly sponsored by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, Kentucky State University and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

For more information about the conference, or to request registration materials, contact Mary Ann Kelley at 270-365-7541, Ext. 216. The conference program and registration sheet are available online at http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Horticulture/meetings.html.