Vegetable growers, processors, market gardeners and Master Gardeners can renew their production and marketing skills at the sixth annual High Plains Vegetable Conference slated for Jan. 24, 2008, in Canyon.

“The conference will feature 11 presentations from an array of knowledgeable speakers,” said Russ Wallace, Texas Cooperative Extension vegetable specialist based at the Texas A&M University System Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Lubbock.

Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. at the West Texas A&M University Alumni Banquet Facility at the corner of North Third and 25th Streets. Registration costs $25 per person before Jan. 15, and $30 per person at the door. This fee covers all handouts, materials and lunch. Door prizes donated by agribusiness exhibitors will be awarded during the day.

“The conference is designed specifically for vegetable growers and shippers, consultants, agribusiness representatives, Extension agents, researchers, and market and Master Gardeners," Wallace said. "We'll start off the day with industry updates. There will also be time for participants to visit with agribusiness exhibitors.

“Those who attend can qualify for six continuing education units approved by the Texas Department of Agriculture, and Master Gardener certification credits."

Speakers will provide timely information on insect, disease and weed control; transition to organic and sustainable agriculture; alternative crops; seedling establishment; and the economics of production, Wallace said.

Conference sponsors are Extension, the High Plains Vegetable Growers and Shippers Council, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, West Texas A&M University, and the Texas Department of Agriculture.

For registration or exhibit information contact Russ Wallace or Wendy Durrett at 806-746-6101.