2014 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference
Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Lexington Jan. 6 and 7, 2014
Embassy Suites Hotel, 1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington, Kentucky 40511;
(859) 455-5000; FAX (859) 455-5122; Reservations: 800-EMBASSY
The 2014 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show will have something for everyone interested in fruit and vegetable production. This year’s event convenes January 6, 2014 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel, and concludes around 5 p.m. January 7. Pre-conference sessions will be offered in the evening on Sunday, January 5. The conference is jointly sponsored by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, Kentucky State University and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
Pre-conference Tree Fruit and Small Fruit Round Table Discussions
Sessions on Farmers’ Markets, Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Production, High Tunnels, Small Fruit Production, Organic Production, the Grape and Wine Short Course, Direct Marketing, and Agritourism
Many excellent out-of-state speakers this year including: Dr. Brad Bergefurd and Dr. Gary Gao, Extension Horticulturists, The Ohio State University; Dr. Lewis Jett, State Commercial Horticulture Specialist, West Virginia University; Nicolas Donck, Crystal Organics Farm, Covington, GA; Dr. David Lockwood and Dr. Annette Wszelaki, Extension Fruit and Vegetable Specialists, respectively, from the University of Tennessee
The KVS will have an optional Celebration of Kentucky Wines Monday evening.
Exhibitor and Grower Luncheon and Conference Luncheon featuring Kentucky Proud products.
The Kentucky Farmers Market Association will have their reception and Annual Meeting Monday evening
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 2014 conference program online.
WE STRONGLY URGE YOU TO PRE-REGISTER 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 20, 2012. Phone registrations will not be accepted.
The $30 meeting registration fee 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.
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.
Hotel reservations: PLEASE make your room reservations directly with the hotel (call 800-EMBASSY). Special conference room rate $116.95 until January 3, 2014. 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 (they are all suites).. If you are told that the block of rooms at our conference rate is full on or before Jan 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 to Ms. Mary Ann Kelley, Research & Education Center, P.O. Box 469, Princeton, KY 42445 to continue your association membership.