Fruit, vegetable and specialty crop growers can learn how to do everything from increase sales using social media, control pests in their greenhouses, produce barley for malting and understand food marketing regulations during a day-long conference offered by horticulture, entomology and local foods experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.
The Southwestern Ohio Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Conference is Feb. 7 at the Oasis Conference Center, 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road, in Loveland, Ohio. The conference is offered by Ohio State University Extension, which is the outreach arm of the college.
OSU Extension has organized a grower school for more than 30 years in southwestern Ohio, but this conference will be different and bigger than in previous years, said Greg Meyer, an OSU Extension educator.
“In addition to focusing on more topics, we’ve moved the event location to a conference center which allows us the space to offer more class options, including sessions on fruit, vegetables, greenhouses, specialty crops and marketing,” he said. Classes are available on fruit and vegetable production, specialty cropping systems, pesticide safety, farm management, marketing, and food safety.
Ohio Private Pesticide Applicator Credit will be available for Core, Category 3 and Category 5, Meyer said.
Registration for the conference is $50 by Feb. 3 and includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch and a USB memory stick containing all of the conference handouts.