ILLINOIS SPECIALTY CROPS, AGRITOURISM AND ORGANIC CONFERENCE TO FEATURE MORE THAN 150 SPEAKERS AND EXHIBITORS
This article was originally published on December 20, 2012 and expired on January 9, 2013. It is provided here for archival purposes and may contain dated information.
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. — The Illinois
Specialty Crops, Agritourism and Organic Conference will be held Jan. 9-11,
2013, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Ill. The conference, which
features more than 100 speakers and 50 trade show exhibitors, will again host
four concurrent preconference workshops, general sessions and breakout sessions
aimed at helping Illinois specialty growers cultivate their operations.
Wednesday, Jan. 9, participants may attend one of four preconference workshops,
including Cover Crops, High Tunnels, Basics of Orchard Establishment/Tree Fruit
Production, and Sweet Corn.
The conference opens Thursday, Jan. 10, with a general session highlighting the
Illinois specialty crops industry and its partners and addressing a range of
issues, including produce recalls, severe weather, herbicide drift, food
safety, new pests, and more.
Participants are invited to attend breakout sessions Thursday, Jan. 10, and
Friday, Jan. 11, featuring:
Emerging Issues and Opportunities
Following Thursday's breakout sessions, the annual banquet will include a
keynote speech titled, "A Family and a Farm" by Holly Spangler,
farm wife and associate editor at Prairie Farmer Magazine. The 24th
Annual Apple Cider Contest and 11th Annual Hard Cider Contest will again be
held in conjunction with the conference, with winners being announced during
Thursday evening's festivities.
To receive registration materials or to obtain exhibitor information, please
contact Diane Handley at 309-557-2107 or email@example.com.
A detailed conference agenda and cider contest details can be viewed at www.specialtygrowers.org. A block of
rooms has been reserved at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at a rate of $89 per night.
Please call the hotel directly at 217-529-7777 and ask for the Illinois
Specialty Crops, Agritourism and Organic Conference room block to make
reservations at the conference rate.
Pull date: January 9, 2013