2018 kentucky fruit and vegetable conference

Lexington Jan. 8-9, 2018
Embassy Suites Hotel, 1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington, Kentucky 40511
(859) 455-5000; FAX (859) 455-5122
Reservations: 800-EMBASSY

The 2018 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference will have something for everyone interested in fruit and vegetable production. This year’s event convenes January 8, 2018 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel, and concludes around 5 p.m. January 9. Pre-conference sessions will be offered in the evening on Sunday, January 7. The conference is jointly sponsored by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, Kentucky State University and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.


  • Pre-conference Vegetable and Tree & Small Fruit Round Table Discussions

  • Sessions on Farmers’ Markets, Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Production, Small Fruit Production, Organic Production, Wholesale Marketing, Direct Marketing and Agritourism, a Produce Best Practices Training, and a Grape and Wine Short Course.

  • We have many excellent out-of-state speakers this year including: Brad Bergefurd, Extension Horticulturist, The Ohio State University; Lucian and Joseph Dressel, Davis Viticulture Research Center, Carrollton, IL; Tremain Hatch, Viticultural Extension/Research Associate, Virginia Tech, Winchester, VA; ; Dr. David Lockwood, Extension Fruit Specialist, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN; Jan Melvin and Matt Schuld, Summit Tree Sales, Paw Paw, MI; Dr. Diane Miller, Associate Professor, Ohio State University, Wooster, OH; Larry Oxenham, Senior Advisor, American Society for Asset Protection, Las Vegas, NV; Mark Patterson, Chrysalis Vineyards, Middleburg, VA; and Mark Wessel, Director of R & D, Gardens Alive, Tipp City, OH.

  • The KVS will have an optional Commissioner Cup Wine Tasting Monday evening.

  • Exhibitor and Grower Luncheon and Conference Luncheon featuring Kentucky Proud products.

  • We will have a Trading Post bulletin board to sell used equipment. If you are looking for equipment buyers, bring along a description containing your name, phone number and the equipment price.

Preview the 2018 conference program online.


WE STRONGLY URGE YOU TO PRE-REGISTER AS REGISTRATION WILL BE $60 ON SITE. The pre-registration form enables you to preregister so your tickets and name tag will be ready for you when you arrive at the meeting. Meal tickets can only be guaranteed through advance registration. Luncheon tickets may not be available at the registration desk. NAME BADGES WILL BE REQUIRED TO ENTER MEETING ROOMS.

Pre-registration forms need to be in our hands by FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017. Phone registrations will not be accepted.

The $40 meeting preregistration fee or $60 registration fee on site includes a one-year membership in the Kentucky Vegetable Growers Association (KVGA), Kentucky State Horticulture Society (KSHS) or Organic Association of Kentucky (OAK) and entrance into the Grape and Wine Short Course.

Please see the registration form to sign up for the meal functions and the Celebration of Kentucky Wines. There is a separate registration form to become a member of the Kentucky Vineyard Society.

Participants who do not pre-register may register at the door.

If you would like to serve on the KVGA or KSHS boards of directors or would like to nominate another member, please designate this on your registration sheet.

The conference program and registration sheets are available online.


The 2018 Kentucky Fruit & Vegetable Conference will be held January 8-9, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Lexington, KY.

Hotel reservations: PLEASE make your room reservations directly with the hotel (call 800-455-5000). Special conference room rate $119.95 until January 3. 2018. After this, room prices will be higher. Be sure to let the hotel know that you will be staying for the Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference to obtain our special suite room rate for a single or double (they are all suites).

If you are told that the block of rooms at our conference rate is full on or before January 3, please call Amy Stamper at Embassy Suites (859-455-5109) to increase the number of rooms that we have blocked.

The room cost includes an evening managers’ reception from 5:30 - 7:30pm with drinks and a full cooked-to-order breakfast daily.

We encourage growers to stay at Embassy Suites Hotel to help cover meeting overhead expenses. Note: if the hotel parking lot is full, meeting attendees may park along Aristides Street in front of the hotel.

If You Cannot Attend the Meeting...

If circumstances are such that you cannot attend the meeting and would like to remain a member of the KVGA, KSHS, KVS, or OAK, please complete and return the form with a check to Ms. Mary Ann Kelley, Research & Education Center, P.O. Box 469, Princeton, KY 42445 to continue your association membership.


Contact John Strang (phone: 859-257-5685 email:jstrang@uky.edu) if you have questions.