East Texas Fruit and Vegetable Conference set March 1 in Lufkin

LUFKIN – The annual East Texas Fruit and Vegetable Conference will be held March 1 in Lufkin.

Fresh vegetables at a farmers market in Tyler. The East Texas Fruit and Vegetable Conference offers a wide array of information and access to experts for pro and amateur growers. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Adam Russell)

The event begins with registration at 8 a.m. with the program running from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pitser Garrison Convention Center, 601 N. 2nd St. 

Cost is $30 per person and $50 per couple if registered with payment by Feb. 26. There will be a $10 late fee at the door. Lunch is provided.

Checks should be payable to ETFVC-South and mailed to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Angelina Horticulture Committee, 2201 S. Medford Dr., Lufkin, Texas 75901.

Texas Department of Agriculture will provide three general continuing education units for licensed pesticide applicators who attend qualifying sessions.

Dr. Joe Masabni, AgriLife Extension horticulturist, Overton, said the event is a great opportunity for gardening amateurs and professionals to hear from top experts on a range of subjects from property taxes, vegetable production, pollinators and honey production, and specific crops like pecans or wine grapes.

“The list of speakers makes this conference a must-attend event for amateur gardening enthusiasts and professional growers,” he said. “The subjects are all connected in the sense that we want to help improve crop performance and yields for everyone and profits for those in agriculture businesses.”

Topics and subjects include:

–        Vegetable Production, Masabni.

–        Plant Diseases and Vegetables, Dr. Thomas Isakeit, AgriLife Extension plant pathologist, College Station.

There will be a panel discussion before lunch.

–        Building Better Soils, Greg Grant, AgriLife Extension agent, Smith County.

–        Understanding Open Land Appraisals on Property Taxes, Tim Chambers, Angelina County Appraisal District chief appraiser.

–        TDA Loans and Marketing, Manuel Martinez, TDA field representative, Austin.

–        Pecan Issues, Truman Lamb, AgriLife Extension agent, Anderson County.

–        Growing Grapes, Michael Cook, AgriLife Extension viticulture program director, Denton County.

–        Bees and Honey, Cary Sims, AgriLife Extension agent, Anderson County.

For more information, contact Masabni at jmasabni@tamu.edu or Sims at 936-634-6414 or cw-sims@tamu.edu.



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