2013 Conference November 13th-15th
Choctaw, MS Silver Star Conference Center
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Welcome to the Mississippi Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association!

We are excited to announce that our 2013 Conference and Trade Show will be held in beautiful Choctaw, Mississippi at Pearl River Resort's Silver Star Conference Center.  This year's conference will be a three day event beginning November 13th with golf at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Course.  We will begin bright and early Thursday morning with informative sessions all day long ending the evening with our Magnolia Fresh Farm to Plate hour including drinks and hor d'oeuvres  prepared from food provided by our very own Mississippi growers! We will have several more exciting sessions Friday morning with lunch provided by the Silver Star chefs followed by an opportunity to tour the Choctaw Nation's recent farm expansion.  Don't miss this wonderful chance to expand your growing possibilities!



WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2013


MFVGA GOLF TOURNAMENT at OAKS GOLF COURSE
$75 ENTRY FEE- Includes range, golf, shared cart, and lunch!
Click HERE for more information. Email info@msfruitandveg.com to register!


Good Agricultural and Handling Practices Training with Dr. Juan Silva and Mr. Kevin Riggin is a four hour workshop designed to teach the basics of GAPs for growing and handling safe foods in Mississippi. This training is a prerequisite for you to have your farm/packing facility certified by the USDA-AMS GAPs.
*Registration at 1 p.m. No registration fee but pre-registration is encouraged. You can pre-register by clicking HERE.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013

Registration Opens at 7:00am

8-9:00AM                       Insects and Disease with Dr. Blake Layton and Dr. Alan Henn

9:05-9:50AM

Introduction to Beekeeping
Harry Fulton



Economic Impact of Agritourism
Drs. Denny, Jones, and Smith



High Tunnel Production
Dr. Bill Evans and Dick Hoy

                                                          9:50-10:20AM   Break

10:20-10:55AM

Farm to School in Mississippi
Sunny Young



How to Start a Farmer’s Market
Rebecca Bates

Tourism in MS

Mississippi Tourism Association

Moderator: Rachel Carter

11:05-11:40AM

Workshop: Finding Local Attractions
MDWFP, MDA, NRE



Marketing Your Market
Shelly Johnstone



MS Cooperatives
Myra Bryant

 11:40-1:00      Lunch On Your Own

1-1:45PM

Strategies for Site Selection of Orchards and Vineyards
Dr. Eric Stafne



Agritourism Panel Q&A with
MDAC, MDA, MDOT, MAA, NRE, Ext.

Moderator: JoLynn Mitchell



Irrigation Selection and Current Technologies
Dr. Bill Evans and Robert Hayes

1:55-2:40PM

Pecan Production
Dr. Frank Matta


Backyard Market Gardening
Jim Ewing 



MAA & Steering Committee meeting

 2:40-3:10PM Break

3:10-4PM  GENERAL SESSION

4-5:00PM BREAK/VISIT TRADE SHOW

5-5:30PM  Group Meeting for Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

5:30-6:00PM  Group Meeting for Mississippi Agritourism Association

Please join us Thursday evening following the group meetings for farmer to farmer networking time during our complimentary Magnolia Fresh Farm to Plate social with hors d'oeuvres and drinks.  This is also a great time to visit with our wonderful vendors and exhibitors.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

8-8:50AM GENERAL SESSION

9-9:45AM

The Real Cost of Production: How to Calculate Costs
Dr. Ken Hood



Mississippi Agritourism Association
 Dora Ann



Marketing Through Community Supported Agriculture

9:45-10:15AM  Break

10:15-11:00AM

Soil Health and Farm Fertility
Dr. Larry Oldham



Mixed Operations with Footprint Farms
Cindy Ayers



Introduction to “Bricks to Clicks”
James Barnes

11:10-11-55AM

Safe Food Handling
Dr. Juan Silva



Recordkeeping
Steve Murray



Pending*

LUNCH PROVIDED

1:30PM  FARM TOUR of Choctaw High Tunnel Operations

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