An advanced high tunnel tomato production track is one of the educational components of the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association's annual conference Jan. 24-25. This year's event will be held in Ankeny, just north of Des Moines. Instructors for the Thursday, Jan. 24 day-long high tunnel track are horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Linda Naeve, Joe Hannan and Ajay Nair.
They will cover multiple aspects of tomato production including nutrient management, foliar sampling, grafting, budgets, and environmental control for producers who currently have a high tunnel. Space is limited for this track and available on a first come, first served basis.
IFVGA annual conference offers lots of good, take-home information; and more than 20 exhibitors will have displays
The Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association conference will be held at the FFA Enrichment Center on the Des Moines Area Community College campus, 1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny The two-day conference includes a trade show and a variety of speakers and informative sessions for Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association members. More than 20 exhibitors will display the latest seeds, supplies, equipment and grower information. Built into the conference is ample time to visit with growers, exhibitors and speakers.
A training session will be offered for farmers market vendors needing to renew Farmers Market Nutrition Program and WIC Cash Value Voucher certification and those wanting to participate in the program for the first time.
The conference registration form and more conference details can be downloaded from the association's website. Completed registrations can be emailed to [email protected]. The registration fee for the high tunnel tomato production track is $50, the registration fee for one day of the conference.