2017 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference

Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Lexington Jan. 9 and 10, 2017
Embassy Suites Hotel, 1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington, Kentucky 40511; (859) 455-5000; FAX (859) 455-5122; Reservations: 800-EMBASSY

The 2017 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference will have something for everyone interested in fruit and vegetable production. This year’s event convenes January 9, 2017 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel, and concludes around 5 p.m. January 10. Pre-conference sessions will be offered in the evening on Sunday, January 8. The conference is jointly sponsored by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, Kentucky State University and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

Highlights

  • Pre-conference Plasticulture Strawberry Short Course, Tree Fruit, Small Fruit and Vegetable Round Table Discussions

  • Sessions on Farmers’ Markets, Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Production, Greenhouse and High Tunnel Production, Small Fruit Production, Organic Production, the Grape and Wine Short Course, Wholesale Marketing, Food Safety, and a What to Think About Before You Plant workshop.

  • We have many excellent out-of-state speakers this year including:
    Bradley Beam, Enology Specialist, Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association, Springfield, IL; Brad Bergefurd, Extension Horticulturist, The Ohio State University; Brenda and Keegan Hash, High Tunnel Growers, Hardinsburg, IN; Dr. David Lockwood, Extension Fruit Specialist, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN; Paul Mock, Mock’s Greenhouse and Farm, Berkeley Springs WV; and Carl Sams, Fruit & Vegetable Teaching and Research, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.

  • The KVS will have an optional Commissioner Cup Wine Tasting Monday evening.

  • Exhibitor and Grower Luncheon and Conference Luncheon featuring Kentucky Proud products.

  • We will have a Trading Post bulletin board to sell used equipment. If you are looking for equipment buyers, bring along a description containing your name, phone number and the equipment price.

Preview the 2017 conference program online.

Registration

WE STRONGLY URGE YOU TO PRE-REGISTER so your tickets and name tag will be ready for you when you arrive at the meeting. Meal tickets can only be guaranteed through advance registration. Luncheon tickets may not be available at the registration desk. NAME BADGES WILL BE REQUIRED TO ENTER MEETING ROOMS.

Pre-registration forms need to be in our hands by FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2017. Phone registrations will not be accepted.

The $40 meeting registration fee includes a one-year membership in the Kentucky Vegetable Growers Association (KVGA), Kentucky State Horticulture Society (KSHS) or Organic Association of Kentucky (OAK) and entrance into the Grape and Wine Short Course.

Please see the registration form to sign up for the meal functions and the Celebration of Kentucky Wines. There is a separate registration form to become a member of the Kentucky Vineyard Society.

Participants who do not pre-register may register at the door.

If you would like to serve on the KVGA or KSHS boards of directors or would like to nominate another member, please designate this on your registration sheet.

The conference program and registration sheets are available online.

Lodging

The 2017 Kentucky Fruit & Vegetable Conference will be held January 9-10, 2017 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Lexington, KY.

Hotel reservations: PLEASE make your room reservations directly with the hotel (call 800-EMBASSY). Special conference room rate $119.95 until December 30, 2016. After this, room prices will be higher. Be sure to let the hotel know that you will be staying for the Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference to obtain our special suite room rate (they are all suites). If you are told that the block of rooms at our conference rate is full on or before December 30, please call Amy Stamper at Embassy Suites (859-455-5109) to increase the number of rooms that we have blocked. The room cost includes an evening managers’ reception from 5:30 - 7:30pm with drinks and a full cooked-to-order breakfast daily. We encourage growers to stay at Embassy Suites Hotel to help cover meeting overhead expenses. Note: if the hotel parking lot is full, meeting attendees may park along Aristides Street in front of the hotel.

If You Cannot Attend the Meeting...

If circumstances are such that you cannot attend the meeting and would like to remain a member of the KVGA, KSHS, KVS, or OAK, please complete and return the form to Ms. Mary Ann Kelley, Research & Education Center, P.O. Box 469, Princeton, KY 42445 to continue your association membership.

Contacts

Contact John Strang (phone: 859-257-5685 email:jstrang@uky.edu) or Shubin Saha (phone: 859-257-3374 email: shubin.saha@uky.edu) if you have questions.