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Conference Circuit: Fruits and Veggies

By / Dec 22, 2016

The Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference will take place in Savannah, Georgia, during the first week of January. Almost 4,000 will be in attendance.

Around 3,700 growers, vendors, and suppliers will make their way to Savannah right after the holidays to address production practices, food safety concerns, and marketing strategies and to learn about the industry’s latest technologies.

Associations: Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association and the South Carolina Peach Council

Conference: Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference

Venue: Savannah International Trade and Convention Center

Location: Savannah, Georgia

Southeast Regional is set to start on Thursday, January 5, with a series of education sessions. Then, on Friday evening, attendees will celebrate at a welcome reception and live auction on the tradeshow floor. Also worth noting:

Drone zone. The 2017 Unmanned Systems in Precision Agriculture conference will be held in conjunction with Southeast Regional. The one-day event (which costs an additional $100) will discuss the latest in agricultural drone use and regulations, as well as how to maximize ROI when adopting the technology.

Going once, going twice. The silent auction is one of the conference’s most popular activities. Attendees can bid on a variety of items donated by industry suppliers. Among the options: seed, chemicals, fertilizer, jewelry, paintings, and gift baskets. Funds generated from the auction go to support youth education and other association activities.

Business savvy. Today’s farmers and land owners need to be smart when it comes to managing their businesses, and several conference sessions will offer help. Topics include human resources for agriculture, updates on the Affordable Care Act and H2B visa regulations, and international trade export.

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Samantha Whitehorne

Samantha Whitehorne is editorial director of Associations Now. More »

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