Each year, the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Hershey, PA, offers an opportunity for growers interested in educational sessions presented in Spanish. On Wednesday, Jan. 30, in addition to the usual educational sessions in English, an entire day of special educational sessions in Spanish will be held at the 2019 event. In recognition of the 10th anniversary of providing this service, there will be a catered lunch.
According to the event organizers, over the years, it became clear there was a need for equivalent educational opportunities for Spanish-speaking growers. Since 2009, the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention has offered these, with sessions addressing current and relevant topics to the industry. Participants also suggest topics related to their specific crops or farm needs for future sessions. This educational opportunity in Spanish has allowed growers with limited English to deepen their knowledge and understanding of their work in a way that they were not able to when hearing the information in English.
Six presentations in Spanish by Extension specialists will be offered for interested commercial fruit, vegetable and berry growers, direct marketers, and allied industry personnel. Topics will include:
- Soil Testing and Fertilization
- GAPs: Pre- and Post- Harvest Sources of Contamination
- *Three Important Invasive Insect Pests: Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Allium Leafminer and Spotted Lanternfly
- *Pollination of Apples and Other Tree Fruits
- The Peach Pruning Blueprint
- **How to Get a Pesticide License
Pesticide applicator update training credits are available for some sessions. *Category credit, ** toward a Core credit (pending approval from PA Dept. of Agriculture)
Registration is $60 per person and includes, the catered lunch on Wednesday, admission to all educational sessions and the trade show. Individuals can register through their state association or visit: http://www.mafvc.org/Registration.