Immigration reform and food safety top the list of discussion topics scheduled for the Texas Produce Convention September 20-23 at South Padre Island.

Also, invited keynote speaker Chuck Conner, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, will discuss the farm bill.

The annual meeting is not all business, however. Participants may compete in a fishing tournament September 20 or a golf tournament September 21. And a casino night and silent auction is scheduled for Saturday evening, September 22.

The educational session gets underway with a breakfast meeting Saturday morning with a look at the current state of immigration reform. The general session begins at 10:15 with a panel discussing “The New Face of Food Safety.”

Afternoon topics include worldwide outlook for grapefruit, citrus greening, citrus mites management, and food safety for citrus.

A vegetable session includes a look at the H2-A worker program, research on food safety issues from Texas A&M, and onion diseases.

Sunday’s sessions include an awards breakfast, more discussion on immigration, food safety, herbicide injury, A Rio Grande Valley water conservation project and transportation, among others.

Conference headquarters is the Sheraton Fiesta Beach Resort. Interested parties may register online at: www.TexaxProduceConvention.org/Registration.htm They may also mail registration form and payment to: Convention Registration, Texas Produce Convention, 901 Business Park Dr., Suite 400, Mission, Texas 78572. The form may be faxed to: 956-584-3307.

For more information, call 956-581-8632 or email NicoleSouthwell@msn.com Hotel reservation should be made before August 24 for the Texas Produce Convention rate. Registration fees received by August 24 qualify for an “early bird” discounted fee of $255. Late or on-site fees are $305.

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