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2017 Suwannee Valley Watermelon Institute

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Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center

2142 Shealy Dr

Gainesville, FL 32608

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The University of Florida IFAS Extension agents in the Suwannee Valley of North Florida and the Suwannee River Partnership are planning the annual Suwannee Valley Watermelon Institute including educational sessions, an industry trade show, and dinner for Thursday, November 30, 2017. The meeting this year will return to the beautiful Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center (http://straughn.ifas.ufl.edu/) at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL from 1 to 7 p.m. The objective of the meeting is to gather watermelon producers from the Suwannee Valley and surrounding areas to meet. Well over 120 growers and industry representatives have attended this meeting in each of the past three years. The growers indicated they would like to see this meeting put together annually to bring the entire industry together, including: growers, suppliers, allied agencies, researchers, and educators.

We would like to let you know the date early and that you can contribute to the success with financial support of $200.00 for the following specific items, an industry exhibitor reception, dinner, refreshments, facility rental, speaker travel, and program materials for each grower. If you would like to help sponsor the event, please select "Sponsorship" and fill out the accompanying form by November 20th. Sponsors will be given the opportunity to set up a booth (one 6-ft table area) anytime between 11:30-1:00 pm and networking time will be set aside for growers to visit your booth during the industry exhibitor reception. Lunch will be provided to exhibitors as well from noon to 1 pm for your convenience. A special topic pre-conference workshop will also be offered to growers in the morning from 9:30 am to noon, but is not part of the sponsored Institute.

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