November 16-17, Kennewick, Wash.

The 2011 Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association Conference & Trade Show will be held November 16-17 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, Wash.

This year’s keynote presentation is Environmental Water Quality Regulation and the Future of Vegetable Production. Tim Hartz, vegetable specialist at UC Davis, will talk about the challenges posed by environmental water quality regulation (both surface water and groundwater), and what changes in fertilization and irrigation practices will be needed to comply.

After Wednesday’s meetings have adjourned, visit the Trade Show Social. Hors d’oeuvres and a no host bar will be available.

For more information and registration, visit or call 509-585-5460.

Preconference Workshop: Potassium in soil-plant nutrition

The PNVA will be holding a workshop the afternoon before our annual meeting. Last year was soil pH and liming. The topic this year is potassium. Did you know that plants usually take up more potassium than nitrogen? Learn how potassium is mined and what our long-term supply is, as well as what its role in plant nutrition is and how to fertilize with it. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 15, from 1-5 p.m. at the Three Rivers Convention Center. Cost for the workshop is $50.

Pesticide Applicator Credits

Washington, Oregon and Idaho recertification credits and Certified Crop Advisor continuing education credits will be available for those attending the conference. Credits have been requested but not received as of the print date. Please check for credit information, which will be updated as they are approved at

Training for Your Hispanic Workers

The PNVA is preparing the agenda for the second year of training for Hispanic workers at the 25th PNVA Conference and Trade Show. Topics that may be included:

1. Pesticide Application Safety

2. Personal Protective Equipment

3. Fumigation and Application of Restricted Use Compounds

4. Weed Identification and Control

5. Fertilizers and Fertigation