Register now for Iowa Specialty Producers Conference Jan. 19-20

January 5, 2021

Register now for the Iowa Specialty Producers Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 19-20, 2021. This second joint gathering of the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and the Iowa Wine Growers Association will take place entirely online.

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Agri-tainment consultant Hugh McPherson will keynote the 2021 ISPC.

Keynote speaker Hugh McPherson will share best practices for incorporating “agri-tainment” into a farming operation. He owns Maize Quest Fun Park near York, Pennsylvania. He also advises a network of 80 more agritourism farms in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.

Five breakout tracks each day will feature sessions on fruits, vegetables, viticulture (wine-grape growing), enology (wine-making) and other specialty crops. Speakers include producers, industry experts and specialists from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

“We are excited for the opportunity to offer this year’s conference virtually to our members and specialty producers in our state and beyond, said Kendra Meyer, FFED extension education specialist and member of the planning committee. “We have a great lineup of speakers giving talks on a wide variety of specialty crop management, business, and marketing.”

The event also will feature virtual exhibitors offering products and services of interest to Iowa’s specialty producers. For information on sponsoring, contact Christie Jensen at

This event is supported by grant funding from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS). Cost is $90, with a discount for members of IFVGA and IWGA.