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Ag convention to focus on growing locally

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Jan. 1, 2016) — The partnership in New Jersey continues with the jointly-held New Jersey Agricultural Convention and Trade Show and 2016 annual State Agricultural Convention Feb. 9-11 at Harrah’s Resort hotel and new convention center.
The two events are held in conjunction to give farmers and convention attendees more opportunities to learn about farm issues in the state and see the latest in ag technology.
The state convention will open with its regular business session on Feb. 10 and conclude on Feb. 11.
According to convention organizers, the meeting will focus on developing and setting a policy agenda for the industry over the coming year through the resolutions process.
The listening sessions provide on-the-ground experiences and ideas for policy.
This year’s listening sessions will include discussion of Locally Grown and an agriculture agents Micro Speed Session, where county agents will provide an update on their current projects.
The state convention will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
The trade show and VGANJ educational sessions will open on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
The show will feature exhibits and displays from many of the industry’s suppliers and business associates.
In addition, a wide variety of educational sessions on topics ranging from growing crops to farm safety, from the latest ideas in agricultural practices to pest management and much more will be offered.
The two events are coordinated by the Vegetable Growers of New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, the New Jersey Blueberry Association, Garden State Wine Growers Association, and the New Jersey Agriculture Experiment Station at Rutgers University.
The trade show and VGANJ educational sessions is scheduled to open Feb. 9. The trade show will feature exhibits and displays from many of the industry’s suppliers and businesses. Topics in the educational sessions range from production issues to food safety.
Educational sessions on Tuesday, Feb. 9 and Wednesday, Feb. 10 are split into morning and afternoon sessions with at least five separate tracks in each session. Tuesday morning sessions cover sweet corn, marketing and promotion technologies, organics, wine grapes and hydroponics/aeroponics.Tuesday afternoon sessions cover farm safety, direct marketing, alternative animal production, wine grapes, greenhouses, field and forage crops and bees.
Wednesday morning sessions cover small fruit and strawberries, pesticide efficacy, cole crops and lettuce, alternative crops and peppers and tomatoes. Wednesday afternoon sessions cover blueberries, season extension, soil management, vine crops, and food safety.
Thursday, Feb. 5 features all day workshops focused food safety and Basil and integrated pest management.
For additional convention information including registration and event schedule, visit www.nj.gov/agriculture or www.njveggies.org/convention.htm.
Meal reservations must be made no later than Jan. 25.
No money will be refunded for any reason after Jan. 29.