Annual Southwest Michigan Horticultural Days slated for Feb. 6-7

Sessions include a presentation about farm safety for fruit and vegetable operations, programs for grape and winegrape growers, as well as weather impacts on fruit production in southwest Michigan.

January 16, 2013 - Author: ,

Winter brings many opportunities for grower education. A perennial favorite is the Southwest Michigan Horticultural Days, held annually at Lake Michigan College’s Mendel Center, 2755 East Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Mich. (view map). This meeting is sponsored by the Michigan Grape Society, Michigan State University Extension and Lake Michigan College.

Registration is open at 8 a.m. both days (Feb. 6-7) and programs begin at 9 a.m. A trade show with vendors and door prizes is open each day and is included in the registration cost. There are programs for grapes, winegrapes, vegetables, tree fruits and blueberries, with several featured out-of-state speakers.

The general session begins at 9 a.m. on Feb. 6 and features Michigan Farm Bureau’s Craig Anderson with a presentation about farm safety for fruit and vegetable operations, and state meteorologist Dr. Jeff Andresen who will speak on weather impacts on fruit production in southwest Michigan.

Restricted-use pesticide recertification credits have been requested for all sessions. Pre-registration cost is $25 per person and includes lunch for both days. Deadline for pre-registration is postmarked Jan. 30. Mail registration to:

ATTN: Allan Zelmer
Michigan Grape Society
P.O Box 151
Baroda, MI 49101

Make checks payable to Michigan Grape Society. Registrations postmarked after Jan. 30 and at the door will be $30 per person.

For additional registration information, contact Allan Zelmar at 1-269-870-5265 or . In case of severe weather, please phone 1-269-944-1477 to check the status of Southwest Horticulture Days.

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