Savannah, Georgia; January 7-10, 2016

Billed as the largest show in the region, the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference unites growers, vendors and suppliers in specialty crop agriculture. More than 80 hours of educational sessions will address food safety concerns, specific commodity issues on production practices and increased yields, and marketing strategies.

Held at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, the conference will house exhibitors throughout the more than 85,000 square feet of space filled with key suppliers and growers.

Here is a list of scheduled events during the conference:

Welcome Reception & Live Auction

The Welcome Reception and Live Auction is held on the trade show floor to give everyone another opportunity to visit with exhibitors and other growers. The Live Auction a great time for competition and camaraderie. Live Auction prizes range from artwork, jewelry, hunting trips and toys. Following the Welcome Reception and Live Auction, the evening is open for you to enjoy one of the city’s world-renowned restaurants on your own.

Awards Presentation

A special Awards Presentation will be held on Saturday morning to recognize members of the industry. Individuals recognized have made major contributions to the industry so be sure to come and help express appreciation to these individuals.

Closing Reception at the Westin Savannah Harbor

The Saturday night reception wraps up three days of education, networking and interchange with growers and vendors in the Southeastern fruit and vegetable industry. The reception is held at the Westin Savannah Harbor and sponsored by Syngenta. Following the reception enjoy another of Savannah’s fine restaurants.

Silent Auction

The Silent Auction has become one of the most popular activities at the conference. The items donated by industry suppliers are available to attendees on a bid basis and include seed, chemicals, fertilizer, jewelry, paintings and gift baskets. Funds generated from the Silent Auction go to support youth education and other association activities.

Worship Service

Join attendees across the southeast to worship, 8 a.m. Sunday at the Westin Savannah Harbor. Held just prior to the Industry Roundtable, it’s the perfect conclusion to the greatest regional conference on the southeastern seaboard.

Industry Roundtable

Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in an Industry Roundtable with commodity and industry organizations to discuss issues of mutual concern to growers and suppliers alike. It provides a forum to voice your opinions and offer input for a 2016 Program of Work to be adopted by the GFVGA Board of Directors in February 2016. A continental breakfast will be served. The meeting is 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

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