New Jersey Ag News
On-farm brewery now listed among vegetable session topics at Ag Convention & Trade Show
ATLANTIC CITY (Jan. 1, 2017) — The partnership in New Jersey continues with the jointly-held New Jersey Agricultural Convention and Trade Show and 2017 Annual State Agricultural Convention Feb. 7-9 at Harrah’s Resort Hotel and Conference Center.
In past years, the two events were held together to give farmers and convention attendees more opportunities to learn about farm issues in the state and see the latest in agriculture technology. That continues with the 2017 conventions and organizers have also been working to get other state agriculutre groups involved as well.
The state convention will open with its regular business session on Feb. 8 and conclude on Feb. 9.
On Wednesday evening, Feb. 8, there will be a convention dinner on Feb. 8 will bring together vegetable growers, agriculturalists and the delegates to the 2017 annual State Agricultural Convention.
Reservations will be accepted by January 2017 and the price per person is $60.
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 VGA educational sessions is scheduled to open Feb. 7.
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. 7 and Wednesday, Feb. 8 are split into morning and afternoon sessions with five separate tracks in each session.
Tuesday morning sessions cover finances and risk management, organic agriculture, sweet corn, on-farm brewery opportunities and regulation and using drones in agriculture.
On Tuesday afternoon, topics will include alternative crops, direct marketing and agritourism, high tunnels, farm brewery crops and plant health technology.
Wednesday morning sessions cover small fruit, farm safety, bee safety and emerging insect threats, wine grapes and peppers.
Wednesday afternoon sessions cover food safety, tomatoes, pumpkins, wine grapes and blueberries.
Thursday, Feb. 9 features an all day workshop focused the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Rule and two half-day workshops on sprayer technology and pesticide safety training.
Daily passes for the trade show and educational sessions are available at the registration desk on the trade show floor for $50 a person.
Dues-paying members get into the convention and educational sessions at no extra cost.
Information on becoming a member of the VGANJ is available on the Membership Tab of the groups website, www.njveggies.org.
Memberships are $100 for 2 people; this allows you both to attend the trade show and the educational sessions all day, every day.
Members also can request a printed copy of the 2017 Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendation book at an additional charge of $10.
A printed copy of the educational session’s proceedings book will be in the membership packet at no additional cost.
This feature on the VGANJ website will be available until Feb. 1.
Memberships will also be available on the trade show floor at the same price.
For updates or to acquire additional convention information — including registration and event schedules — visit www.nj.gov/agriculture or www.njveggies.org/convention.htm.