Ohio Fruit and Vegetable Growers Congress to be held Jan. 12-14

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SANDUSKY, Ohio — Ohio State University agricultural specialists will offer a variety of topics on fruit and vegetable production during the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association Congress.

The event, formally called the Ohio Fruit and Vegetable Growers Congress, will be held Jan. 12-14 at The Nia Center at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio.

Topics

In addition to sessions being presented by industry professionals, the following topics will be offered by Ohio State University Extension educators and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center specialists:

Blueberry production pointers. Get key techniques for establishing new commercial blueberry plantings.

Utilizing cover crops in vegetable production systems. Discover how to improve yields and reduce inputs with cover crops.

Small fruit production and issues. Learn the fundamentals of berry production.

Ohio Proud and MarketMaker updates. Learn how you can make the most of Ohio Proud and MarketMaker.

What flew and what flopped. Sit down with your direct marketing friends from across the region to discuss the greatest and worst things of the season.

Tree fruit research update.

Small fruit research update.

Environmental stewardship initiative for Ohio specialty crops.

Major factors in Ohio ag labor. Get a basic understanding of the four “R’s” of Ohio ag labor: regulation, recruitment, retention and relationship.

Vegetable research update.

Building toward a profitable and sustainable future in fruit production.

Worker production standard.

Building toward a profitable and sustainable future in vegetable production.

Tree fruit problems and pesticide update.

Building healthy soils to sustain healthy crops, livestock and people. Discover why organic matter and diverse microorganisms are especially important in maintaining a healthy soil.

Vegetable forum.

Marketing local farmers’ markets.

Small fruit problems and pesticide update.

Identifying your consumer base. Build your business by targeting the needs of your customers.

Vegetable problems and pesticide update.

Program information

For complete program information visit http://www.ohiofruit.org.

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