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January 7, 2010

Indiana Horticultural Congress to address fruit, vegetable issues

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - An annual conference for fruit and vegetable producers will address a cornucopia of production-related issues, including a daylong workshop on food safety.

The Indiana Horticultural Congress takes place Jan. 19-21 at the Wyndham Hotel in Indianapolis. Purdue University Extension and the university's Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture are among the event sponsors.

"A broad range of topics will be covered that are very timely in their importance to the industry," said Bruce Bordelon, Purdue Extension grapes and wine specialist. "There is a full-day session on good agricultural practices and good handling practices for fresh fruit and vegetable growers that will cover U.S. Department of Agriculture third-party food safety audits and similar issues. There also will be full-day sessions on agritourism and high tunnel production."

In addition to agritourism, the Congress program includes concurrent sessions on vegetables, tree fruits, grapes, farm marketing and processing tomatoes. Presentations on melons and pumpkins, bees and pollination of cucurbits, pest management, wholesale markets, and nutrient management also are planned.

More than 60 sessions and workshops are scheduled.

Speakers include Purdue Extension specialists, industry professionals and representatives of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, USDA and commodity organizations.

An accompanying trade show features more than 50 exhibitors.

Other Congress sponsors include the Indiana Horticultural Society, Indiana Vegetable Growers Association, Indiana Farm Market Association, Indiana Raw Products Conference, Indiana Wine Grape Council, Indiana Winery and Vineyard Association, Hoosier Organic Marketing Education, Illiana Watermelon Association, and Purdue's Center for New Crops and Plant Products.

Registration is $50 for members of sponsoring organizations and $55 for non-members. Additional people from the same farm operation and spouses are $40. Lunches, banquets and accommodations at the Wyndham Hotel are extra.

For a complete Congress agenda and registration brochure, visit the event Web site at http://www.inhortcongress.org  or contact Tammy Goodale of Purdue's Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at 765-494-1296, tgoodale@purdue.edu.

The Wyndham Hotel - formerly the Adam's Mark - is located at 2544 Executive Drive, near Indianapolis International Airport.

Writer: Steve Leer, 765-494-8415, sleer@purdue.edu

Sources: Bruce Bordelon, 765-494-8212, bordelon@purdue.edu

Liz Maynard, Purdue Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, 219-785-5673, emaynard@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-8415;
Steve Leer, sleer@purdue.edu
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