51st ANNUAL WINTER VEGETABLE CONFERENCE AND TRADE SHOW
This is the largest commercial vegetable grower event in the region with a high quality educational program put together by vegetable extension specialist/agents at NC State University Cooperative Extension. There will also be a trade show and a fundraiser that supports student scholarships. A sponsored lunch and awards program will be included at noon on Thursday. Pesticide credits will be available for those attending.
You may also register by mail by going to our website at www.nctomatoes.com and printing the registration form from our site and mailing with a check to the address on the form.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
8:30 AM Registration Opens 9:00 AM North Carolina Tomato Growers Association Board Meeting
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Track 1 - Mt. Pilot1:00 PM Management of Bacterial Spot of Tomato-Amanda Scherer1:30 PM Biological Control of Spider Mites in Tomatoes-Julian Golec2:00 PM Insects of Cucurbits; Strategies for Control of Powdery Mildew- Jim Walgenbach & Mike Adams2:30 PM High Tunnel Production-Sanjun Gu3:00 PM BREAK3:30 PM Pruning, Pinching, and Plant Spacing to Optimize Grafted Tomato Production-Inga Meadows & Tom Ingram4:00 PM Marketing and Agritourism-Annie Baggett5:00 PM Fumigation Training Workshop-Charlie Clark
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Track 2 - Pisgah1:00 PM GAP Audits: Strengthening Your Food Safety Plan-Elena Rogers1:30 PM FSMA Produce Safety Rule: Is Your Farm Ready?-Elena Rogers2:00 PM Farm Labor Compliance-Lee Wicker2:30 PM Farm Crop Insurance-Speaker TBD3:00 BREAK3:30 PM Growing Industrial Hemp for Cannabinoids in Western NC- Jeanine Davis4:00 PM Growing Industrial Hemp for Cannabinoids Grower Round Table-Jeanine Davis4:30 PM Business Meeting
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - Mt. Pilot/Pisgah 8:30 AM Industry Variety Showcase-Jeanine Davis 9:00 AM Selection of Insecticides for Key Pests in Tomatoes and Peppers-Jim Walgenbach 9:30 AM Tomato Variety Replicated Trials 2018-Dilip Panthee & Ann Piotrowski 10:00 AM BREAK 10:30 AM Breeding for Late Blight Resistance and Tolerance to Bacterial Spot and Verticillium Wilt Race 2-Randy Gardner 11:00 AM 2019 Tomato Fungicide Spray Guide-Inga Meadows 11:30 AM Tomato and Pepper W**d Control Management-Katie Jennings 12:00 PM NC Tomato Growers Association Luncheon
The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, N.C.
Ticket prices are $40 per person with pre-registration prior to February 7th, 2019. Registration at the door is $50.
Please click on the green "Get Tickets" button to see all the options for attendees, sponsors and exhibitors. Details are included in the ticket area.
We plan to hold the conference regardless of weather conditions, so please plan accordingly. We reserve the right to make modifications to the program to accommodate adverse weather and other unforeseeable situations (e.g., speaker illness)
BOOKING GUEST ROOMS AT THE CROWNE PLAZA RESORT
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Crowne Plaza Resort for the conference. The cost is $85.00 plus tax per night for a room with two beds and $105.00 plus tax for a king room. Deadline for this rate is January 27, 2019.
To make your reservations, please call 1-844-330-0296 and refer to the NC Tomato Growers Association group and meeting name NCTGA - 2019 Annual Conference.
You may also call the local number, 828-285-2603 to make your reservations. The hotel website is ashevillecp.com.
There will be a trade show again this year with a large number of sponsors and exhibitors setting up their displays for attendees to visit. Interested vendors should register early.
We welcome sponsors for our event. Sponsorships give you the opportunity to showcase your business and allow us to make this a special conference affordable for attendees. Sponsorships also support scholarships. Details are included on the sponsorship ticket descriptions in the "get tickets" link above. If you need to be invoiced and send a check, please contact Ellen Moss at ZWxsZW5fbW9zcyB8IHlhaG9vICEgY29t. Exhibitors can set up on Tuesday, February 19th after 3:00 pm or on Wednesday, February 20th at 8:00 am. Set-up must be complete by 8:30 am on Wednesday.