About the Kentucky State Horticultural Society

The Kentucky State Horticultural Society is an organization composed of individuals interested in the production, marketing and processing of fruit crops.  It was established in 1856 as a non-profit organization with the purpose of facilitating the dissemination of scientific knowledge related to fruit crop production, processing and marketing. 

The KSHS cooperates with the Kentucky Vegetable Grower’s Organization, Organic Association of Kentucky, Kentucky Wine Association, University of Kentucky, Kentucky State University and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture in hosting the Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference annually.  Fruit grower orchard meetings are also sponsored in the spring and summer where production and marketing practices are observed and discussed.  Pest management is always an avidly discussed topic.  As a member of the Kentucky Horticulture Council the KSHS interacts with state legislators to promote Kentucky horticultural and fruit interests.

The Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference provides an opportunity to network with other growers, marketers, university and Kentucky Department of Agriculture personnel to learn the latest production and marketing techniques.  Cooperative Extension Service Specialists and Extension Associates are available to discuss specific grower questions and concerns and out-of state speakers are brought in to provide a national perspective.  The conference provides contact with exhibitors and the chance to see and learn about specialized equipment, fruit and vegetable varieties, fertilizers, pesticides, containers, market supplies and crop insurance options.

The goals of our society are to:

  • Educate growers and individuals in fruit production practices
  • Help promote Kentucky-grown produce
  • Support and direct research activities at the University of Kentucky
  • Educate and encourage young people to work in the fruit industry
  • Present a unified voice for the Kentucky fruit industry