Just in case you missed the earlier announcements and calendar listings, I wanted to remind you that the annual Winter Vegetable Conference will be held on Wednesday and Thursday (Feb. 19 and 20) at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, NC. This is the largest commercial vegetable growers event in the region with presentations by university researchers, extension specialists, industry reps, farmers, and others. The program will include presentations on disease management in the vegetable field and packing house, new consumer trends, herbicide carryover, how new 2,4-D tolerant corn and cotton may impact vegetable growers, stink bug control, tomato grafting, tomato breeding, pesticide impacts on honeybees, blue pumpkin and spaghetti squash cultivar trials, and considerations for soil nutrient management after an extremely wet year. Pesticide credits will be offered. There will also be a trade show and a silent auction that supports student scholarships. There will be a sponsored social at 5:00 pm on Wednesday and a sponsored lunch and awards program at noon on Thursday.