Vegetable growers, processors, market gardeners and master gardeners can renew their production and marketing skills and gain new insight on a variety of topics at the Jan. 13 High Plains Vegetable Conference at West Texas A&M University in Canyon.

“The conference will feature more than seven hours of presentations and discussions with experienced growers, researchers, Extension specialists and agribusiness representatives,” said Russ Wallace, Texas Cooperative Extension vegetable specialist at Texas A&M's Research and Extension Center at Lubbock. “The speakers will deliver science-based information designed to help growers interested in sustainable vegetable production.”

The event begins with registration at 7:45 a.m. at West Texas A&M's Alumni Banquet Facility. Registration costs $25 per person by Dec. 31, and $30 per person at the door. This fee covers all hand-outs and materials and lunch. Door prizes donated by agribusiness exhibitors will be awarded during the day.

“Our speakers will cover many topics and concerns. There will also be time to visit with agribusiness exhibitors,” Wallace said. “Those who attend can qualify for continuing education units applicable to their field or profession.”

Morning sessions will focus on pest management and alternate business strategies. Speakers will address disease control, insect pests and integrated pest management, Internet marketing tools, and new crops and markets.

Afternoon sessions will address regulatory issues and production strategies. Topics include food safety laws, pesticide regulations, country of origin labeling, drip irrigation and water efficiency, fertility for vegetable crops and weed control.

Conference sponsors besides Extension include 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 on the conference, contact Wallace or Wendy Durrett at (806) 746-6101.