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Mid-Atlantic Fruit, Vegetable Convention Jan. 28-30

by | Jan 10, 2020

HERSHEY, Pa. — The 2020 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention will be held Jan. 28-30 at the Hershey Lodge.
More than 2,400 fruit, vegetable, and berry growers and other industry persons from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond are expected to attend.
This year’s convention will again feature several pre-convention workshops, a farm market bus tour, and a trade show with over 160 exhibitors, plus three full days of six or more concurrent educational sessions. This year’s keynote speaker is Todd Hunt, a noted speaker on developing business communication skills
The day before the main Convention opens, growers can choose between a bus tour of farm markets in the Lancaster area or several different workshops. The workshops include Cultivating Leadership; FSMA Grower Training; Tomato School; Hemp Production; Bees, Pollinators, and Pollination and Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator License Training.
Todd Hunt’s keynote presentation on Jan. 28 us entitled “Communication Bleeps and Blunders in Business.”
This is an insightful look at improving communication to become more successful — with dozens of everyday examples that will leave visitors chuckling in recognition.
According to convention organizers, Hunt is that rare speaker whose style and humor keep audiences riveted, while demonstrating the power of communication in our lives. As an executive at Ogilvy & Mather, one of the world’s largest advertising agencies, Todd learned the “inner workings” of communication. Additional jobs with an insurance administrator, direct marketing company and ad department of a major retailer confirmed what he had suspected all along — we all mess up communicating. Then he started his own successful marketing agency in Chicago. Working with trade associations, retailers, non-profits and financial companies, Todd sold insurance, credit accounts, trade shows, seminars, theater tickets, memberships and other products and services to consumer and business audiences. He discovered that people were hungry to hear his funny stories about sales, customer service, leadership and change, which he gathered during his business career.
On the opening day of the Convention, besides Mr. Hunt’s keynote presentation, there will be sessions on Tree Fruit, Basic Vegetable Production, Tomatoes, General Vegetable Production, Cole Crops, Alliums, Sweet Potatoes, Legumes, Composting, Soil Health, Farmers’ Health, Building Creative Displays, Retail Marketing and Wholesale Marketing.
Sessions on the second day include Tree Fruit, Pumpkins/Vine Crops, Sweet Corn, Greenhouse Ornamentals, Organic Vegetable Production, Small Fruit, Stone Fruit, Wine Grapes, Employee Recruitment and Retention, Marketing 101 and Creating Value-Added Products and Services. In addition, there will be special topics for farm workers presented in Spanish.
On the final day of the Convention, sessions on High Tunnels, Potatoes, Small Fruit, Wine Grapes, Leafy Greens, Cut Flowers, Greenhouse Vegetables, Food Safety, Farm Management, Agritourism, Social Media, Tree Fruit and Stone Fruit will be featured.
The Mid-Atlantic Convention has been jointly sponsored by the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association, the Maryland State Horticultural Society and the New Jersey State Horticultural Society for the past 42 years making this year’s Convention the 43rd meeting. In 2014, the Virginia State Horticultural Society also began meeting at the Convention. The Pennsylvania State University, University of Maryland, Rutgers University Cooperative Extension and Virginia Tech University all assist in organizing the three days of educational sessions.
The convention has become one of the premier grower meetings in the Northeast. The Great American Hall and the Aztec Room at the Hershey Lodge will host most of the Trade Show with several additional booths being located in the Confection Level Lobby. Specialized horticultural equipment, farm market merchandise, and packaging will all be on display along with information on the latest seed varieties, fruit varieties, pesticides and other supplies and services for the commercial grower.
Many pesticide applicator update training credits will be available to Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia growers attending the sessions. The program covers nearly every aspect of fruit, vegetable, potato and berry production.
The fourteenth annual Mid-Atlantic Cider Contest will be conducted during the Convention to determine the best tasting cider produced in the region. On Jan. 28, fruit and vegetable growers will gather for the annual Fruit and Vegetable Growers Banquet which will include awards and recognitions. On January 29, there will be an Ice Cream Social for all in the evening plus a reception for apple growers. This year’s Ice Cream Social will again feature special tables set aside for discussion of specific topics among growers.
Registration is required for all persons attending the Convention trade show or educational sessions. Registration with any of the five sponsoring organizations allows one to attend any of the sessions although there are additional charges for workshops and meals.
For more information, visit or call 717-677-4184 or 717-694-3596.

1-800-634-5021 410-822-3965 Fax- 410-822-5068

P.O. Box 2026 Easton, MD 21601-8925

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