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Convention Information

Plan Now to Attend the

2015 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention

January 27 to 29

Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

Hershey, Pennsylvania

The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention has become the premier grower meeting in the Northeast combining three days of six or more concurrent educational sessions with a large industry trade show and numerous networking opportunities – all designed to enable fruit, vegetable and berry growers as well as direct marketers to stay on the cutting edge of their industries. About 2,200 persons from throughout the mid-Atlantic region and beyond gather each year at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center for the Convention. Registration is open to all interested commercial fruit, vegetable and berry growers, direct marketers and allied industry personnel.

On January 26, the following special pre-Convention workshops/tours will be offered:

Farm Market Bus Tour

Ag Literacy for Growers – Communicating with Consumers and the Media Workshop

New Organic Vegetable Producers School

Irrigation Water Toolbox Workshop

Basics of Good Agricultural Practices Workshop

Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator License Basic Training

USDA – AMS Grant Writing Workshop

Many pesticide applicator update training credits are available to Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia growers attending the sessions. The program covers nearly every aspect of fruit, vegetable, potato and berry production. Commercial growers should not pass up this terrific educational opportunity.

Registration is required for all persons attending the Convention trade show or educational sessions. Registration with any of the four sponsoring organizations allows one to attend any of the sessions although there are additional charges for some workshops and meals.

The annual Mid-Atlantic Cider Contest is conducted during the Convention to determine the best cider in the region.

For general information on the tree fruit program, contact Maureen Irvin, Convention Coordinator at 717-677-4184 or shap@embarqmail.com.

The Hershey Lodge and Convention Center is located at 325 University Drive, Hershey, PA  17110.