The 2021 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference is slated to take place virtually over four days in January.
“Each year, experts from the Kentucky growing community come together to share their knowledge with the rest of the state,” said Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner. “Learning from these experts is the best part of the Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference. While the 2021 conference may look a little different, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is proud to be part of this educational experience once again. “
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Kentucky State Horticultural Society; Kentucky Vegetable Growers Association; Kentucky Organic Association; Kentucky Vineyard Association; Kentucky Horticultural Council; the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment; and the Kentucky State University College of Agriculture, Communities and the Environment are teaming up to virtually present this year’s conference to attendees.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the conference has moved to a virtual format for the first time. The conference will include a general session, as well as sessions on protected agricultural production technologies, organic production, vegetable production (beginner and advanced), fruit production (beginner and advanced) and business management. In addition to the four-day session, other conference events include a virtual wine and cider tasting and a short course in the Farmers’ Market hosted by KDA.
Kentucky specialty crop growers will be presenting along with Kentucky extension specialists and out-of-state speakers including:
- Midwest Apple Improvement Association Board Chairman David Doud of David Doud’s Countryline Orchard, Wabash, Ind.
- Dave Lockwood, Fruit Extension Specialist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
- and Professor Annett Wszelaki of the University of Tennessee.
Pre-registration is available online or by mailing the meeting registration form by December 18. After this date, participants can continue to register online until the last session on January 26. , KSHS or OAK and full access to recorded content for one year.
Registered participants will receive an email invitation to join the conference via Zoom on January 5, 12, 19 and 26. Those who wish to participate and do not have access to a computer can attend one of the in-person viewing sessions at local county extension offices. . An up-to-date list of participating county extension offices is available on the conference website.
For registration questions, call 859-490-0889 or email [email protected]
The full conference program, information on pesticide CEUs and registration instructions are available at the conference website.