$25 – $90

2019 Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Annual Conference

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FFA Enrichment Center

1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway

Ankeny, IA 50023

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Please plan to attend the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association annual conference, January 24th and 25th 2019 in Ankeny, IA. The conference will be held at the FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC Campus, 1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny, IA 50023.

Why should you attend the conference? Here are just a few of the reasons: presentations by industry experts and expert growers, large tradeshow featuring exhibitors with the latest seeds, supplies, equipment, and grower information; farm listing on our website and farm search function; and the recognition of being associated with a highly regarded state wide organization.

This year’s keynote presentation will focus on value added activities that you can do on your farm. Center Grove Orchard in Cambridge will be discussing their on farm camps, Geisler Farm in Bondurant will detail hosting successful weddings on the farm, Harvestville Farm in Donnellson will share their Farm to Table dinner experiences, and Howell’s Pumpkin Patch in Cummings will highlight their wildly successful goat yoga sessions. Thursdays’ general session will detail the new Food Safety Management Act rules and audits that will begin taking place in 2019. Dan Wiesen with Empire Hops/Orchard, Traverse City, Michigan will be sharing his expertise on Hops and high density apple orchards. We will once again be featuring successful farming operations across Iowa in our popular farm features tract. Breakout sessions this year include: apples, pumpkins, hops, drip irrigation and wildlife management.

Again this year, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship – Pesticide Bureau has granted approval for recertification credits for fruit and vegetable commercial and private pesticide applicators at the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Conference. Cost to attend the CIC course is an additional $35. (Must attend the Friday 2:30 session and any 1 other CIC approved session indicated with an *) For more information, contact Joe Hannan at jmhannan@iastate.edu.

There are 30+ exhibitors in the trade show with the latest seeds, supplies, high tunnel, irrigation, equipment, and grower information. There will be ample opportunities to visit with other growers, exhibitors and speakers during the conference. It will be an excellent educational opportunity!


Thursday, January 24

7:30 am Registration and Trade Show

9:00 am General Welcome to the Conference

9:15 am Alternative revenue ideas for the farm: Farm to Table – Harvestville Farm, Goat Yoga – Howell’s Pumpkins, Weddings – Geisler Farms, Farm Camp – Center Grove Orchard

10:30 am Meet the Vendors

10:45 am Break

11:15 am Annual Board Meeting

12:00 pm Lunch and Trade Show

1:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
Apples: Apple Frost Management – Joe Hannan, Iowa State University
*Hops: Establishing a new hop yard, pest management and fertility – Dan Wiesen, Empire Hops High Tunnel: – Soil testing/sampling – John Krzton-Presson, Iowa State University
*Sweet Corn: Commercial Growing – Don Stoller, StollerUSA

2:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
*Apples: Wooly Apple Aphid – Mark Shour, Iowa State University
Hops: Roundtable discussion: Harvest & Marketing - Empire Hops, Hulu Hops High Tunnel: Leafy Greens Productions – Ajay Nair, Iowa State University
*Pumpkins: Saving a pumpkin crop from atrazine damage – Don Stork, StollerUSA

3:00 pm Break

3:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
Apples: High density design, pruning, thinning - Dan Wiesen, Empire Orchard
Hops: Buying Local - John Martin from Confluence and Dan Heiderscheit from Firetrucker *High Tunnel: Common Chlorosis Problems – Joe Hannan, Iowa State University Lina Rodriguez-Salamanca, Iowa State University Pumpkins: Beginner Grower - What I have learned – Beany Bode, Bode Farm


4:30 pm Reception with Vendors – Refreshments Provided

5:00 pm Silent Auction Ends – End of Conference Day 1

5:30 pm End of Conference Day 1




Friday, January 25

8:00 am Registration and Trade Show Opens

9:00 am Food Safety Modernization Act Updates - Dan Fillius [FSHNA] Iowa State University

10:00 am Break

10:30 am Concurrent Sessions
H2A Foreign Ag Worker Program – Walter Conlon, Farm Hands, LLC
*Pesticide Drift: What happens next? – Iowa Dept. of Agriculture
Melon Production - Shane Mairet, Mairet Farms
Farm Feature: Great River Maple

11:30 am Round Table Discussions
Apples
Pumpkins
Sweet Corn
Agritourism

12:30 pm Lunch and Trade Show

1:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
Drip Irrigation – Jeffrey Kleypas, District Sales Manager Toro Ag
On Farm Liability – Brian McCormac, Brown Winick Law Firm
*Broccoli: Pest Management and Cultivar Selection – Ajay Nair
Farm Feature: Walker Homestead

2:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
Postharvest Storage – Diana Cochran, Iowa State
Social Media for Small Farms - John Krzton-Presson, Iowa State University
Wildlife Management - Andy Kellner, Iowa DNR
Farm Feature: Harvestville Farm or other suggestion
** Pesticide Safety Continuing Instructional Course for Pesticide Applicators (1D and Private) (Must attend the Friday 2:30 session and any 1 other CIC approved session indicated with an *)

3:30 pm Adjournment of Conference

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