High Tunnel Bramble Production Featured at Conference

AMES, Iowa — High tunnel bramble production will be offered as an educational track at the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association’s annual conference Jan. 23-24 in Ankeny. The day-long high tunnel track will be offered Friday, Jan. 24 with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists Linda Naeve, Joe Hannan, Ajay Nair, Donald Lewis and Gail Nonnecke instructing.

They will cover multiple aspects of bramble production including raspberry anatomy, life cycle, fertility, cultural practices, post-harvest handling, marketing and pest management. This workshop is geared toward growers who already have a high tunnel and are growing brambles or those looking to add brambles to their high tunnel. Space is limited for this track and available on a first come, first served basis.

IFVGA Annual conference details
The Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association conference will be held at the FFA Enrichment Center on the Des Moines Area Community College campus, 1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny. The two-day conference includes a trade show and a variety of speakers and informative sessions for Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association members. More than 30 exhibitors will display the latest seeds, supplies, equipment and grower information.

The conference registration form and more conference details can be downloaded from the association’s website at http://www.ifvga.org/; completed registrations can be emailed to info@ifvga.org. Registration for the bramble production track is $55 prior to January 7 - same as the conference registration prior to January 7. After that, conference fees are $70 per day. IFVGA membership must be current; dues are $50 per farm.

For more information, contact Joe Hannan at jmhannan@iastate.edu or 515-993-4281.