November 2017
Farm & Field

Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference


From marketing and weed management to cucurbits and environmental controls, the Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Conference and Trade Show is fertile ground for producer education.

The annual convention is Nov. 16-17 at the Clanton Conference & Performing Arts Center in Clanton. Registration is $100. AFVGA Executive Director Mac Higginbotham called the conference a one-stop-shop for farmers to glean information and network.

"Alabama’s horticulture industry is booming in response to consumers buying more local fruits, vegetables and added-value products," Higginbotham said. "Our conference is a great opportunity for new producers and seasoned growers to share information and learn from industry experts."

Over 20 workshops will cover topics such as food safety, greenhouses, berry production, irrigation and pollinator management.

At the trade show, farmers can network with seed companies, machinery dealers, insurance agents, researchers and more. Keynote speaker Dr. Amnon Erez will discuss peach production issues to close the conference. Erez works at Israel’s Agricultural Research Organization.

Attendees can tour Boozer Farms, a diversified family operation in Thorsby, for an additional $15. Educational sessions will be recorded and available on flash drives for $25. Lunch Nov. 16 is provided courtesy of the Alabama Farmers Cooperative.

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Questions? Contact Higginbotham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Marlee Moore is an ag communications specialist with Alabama Farmers Federation.