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New changes with Ohio Fruit and Vegetable Growers Congress

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Written Tuesday, December 11, 2007  

The Ohio Fruit and Vegetable Growers Congress, an annual event highlighting the fruit and vegetable industries in Ohio, has taken on a new name.

Now known as the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association Congress, the event brings together the regionís produce industry to share ideas, develop new business relationships, and improve the collaboration among fresh produce growers and marketers. The event will take place Jan. 14-16, 2008, in the Nia Center at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio.

Earlier this year, the Ohio Fruit Growers Society, Ohio Vegetable and Potato Growers Association, and the Ohio Direct Agricultural Marketers Association merged to form the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association (OPGMA). OPGMA is an organization of produce growers and marketers whose goal is to produce quality crops for consumers and processors while utilizing environmentally friendly practices.

More than 40 educational sessions and a 100-booth trade show will dominate the event in 2008. Ohio State University Extension will be offering a wide range of sessions, ranging from fruit production challenges to direct marketing to food safety. The following are some session highlights:

* Fruit production challenges and how producers meet them.

* Getting the most out of high tunnels.

* The latest in small fruit and vegetable varieties.

* The production, disease management, and marketing of vine crops.

* What flew and what flopped in direct marketing in 2007.

* Soil structure and its impact on crop vigor.

* Using the Internet to grow sales.

* A look at the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Ohioís honeybees.

* Enhancing agritourism on the farm.

* Top 10 ways to profit from direct marketing.

A complete agenda, along with registration and additional show information, is available by logging on to http://ohiovegetables.org , calling (614) 487-1117, or e-mailing opgma@ofa.org .

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