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2019 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 and an industry trade show for Tuesday, December 3, 2019. 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 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The objective of the meeting is to gather watermelon producers from the Suwannee Valley and surrounding areas to meet. At least 120-150 growers and industry representatives have attended this meeting in each of the past three years. The growers continue to support this meeting being 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, lunch, refreshments, facility rental, speaker travel, and program materials for each grower. Dinner which used to be offered to growers at the end of the program will be dropped due to low participation at the dinner itself, but lunch and refreshments served during breaks throughout the day will be enhanced. If you would like to help sponsor the event, please fill out the enclosed form and return by November 20th. Sponsors will be given the opportunity to set up a booth (one 6-ft table area) anytime between 9:30 and noon and networking time will be set aside for growers to visit your booth during the industry exhibitor reception. Exhibitor space is limited, so sign up early. Lunch will be provided to exhibitors (during the 11:30 to noon period) for your convenience. A special morning workshop will also be offered to growers in the morning from 10:00 am to noon as part of the sponsored Institute.

For any further questions or information regarding sponsorship opportunities, call Bob Hochmuth at (386)219-4255 or email bobhoch@ufl.edu.

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