The educational program, with associated pesticide credits, covers important issues related to growing the vegetables in this area. Some of the topics to be covered include controlling blossom drop and reduced fruit set in tomato, protecting vegetables from disease, stink bug control, food safety regulation updates, how to grow cucurbits in WNC, growing heirloom tomatoes, an update on the new east coast broccoli project, whether you should consider starting a CSA, and updates from two tomato breeding programs.
In one of the largest tradeshows of its kind in the region, you can visit with the representatives from over 43 agricultural companies and other businesses and organizations that support our industry.
Registration and the trade show will open at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 16th, with the program beginning at 12:30 p.m. A social is planned Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.
Thursday's activities begin with registration, trade show and educational programs opening at 9:00 a.m., and end with a 12:30 p.m. lunch and awards program. A special workshop on the new fumigation regulations will follow the luncheon.
For the 16th year, the conference will include a silent auction with the proceeds going to the N.C. Tomato Growers Association’s scholarship fund. Association members donate all the items. This auction has become one of the highlights of the conference with great deals sold to the highest bidders. Results are announced during the sponsored lunch on Thursday.
Conference pre-registration is $20.00/per person prior to February 4, 2011. Registration will be $25.00/per person at the door. For more information, visit http://www.nctomato.com/.