Iowa Specialty Producers Conference is January 23-24 in Ankeny

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Kendra Meyer
Program Coordinator
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Join us for the Iowa Specialty Producers Conference, Thursday and Friday, January 23-24, 2020, at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. For the first time, this event is a joint gathering of the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (IFVGA) and the Iowa Wine Growers Association (IWGA). Registration is now open!

The conference will feature keynote speaker John Stanley, an internationally known retail consultant, speaker and author. Six breakout session tracks will focus on viticulture, oenology, fruits, vegetables, other specialty crops, and business and marketing.  

Pesticide applicator continuing instruction credits also will be offered for commercial applicators in category 1D and private applicators. For private applicators who have already been attending CIC classes, the program at the conference will count for recertification. Attendees will receive the same form from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship they are accustomed to, but this one will also include the category 1D training.  

The Iowa Specialty Producers Awards Banquet on Thursday evening, Jan. 23, features an Iowa wine social hour, a multi-course dinner paired with a selection of delicious Iowa wines, and the annual awards presentations followed by live music. Tickets may be purchased separately for this event.

This conference is supported by grant funding from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS). It’s open to the public. Registration fees go up after Jan. 3, so don’t delay!

For more information, contact FFED’s Kendra Meyer, 515-294-9483; or Nicole Eilers of the Iowa Wine Growers Association, 515-664-7754.

Date of Publication: 
January, 2020