Date set for Southwest Michigan Horticulture Days, February 5-6, 2014

Southwest Michigan’s educational event for fruit and vegetable growers will be the first week in February at Lake Michigan College.

October 30, 2013 - Author: , Bill Shane, Diane Brown and Ron Goldy,

Mark your calendars for Southwest Michigan Horticulture Days on Feb. 5-6, 2014, at Lake Michigan College's Mendel Center near Benton Harbor, Mich. This two-day trade and educational show is focused on grapes, tree fruit, blueberries and vegetable growers in Southwest Michigan.

The show starts Wednesday morning with a general education session. On Wednesday afternoon there will be concurrent vegetable, grape and tree fruit sessions. Thursday's concurrent sessions will be tree fruit, blueberry and grape. Another part of this event is the Southwest Michigan Wine Educational Showcase on Wednesday afternoon after the educational sessions at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center (SWMREC), located about 3 miles from the conference site.

Registration will open at 8 a.m. both days (Feb. 5-6) 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. The education program covers a wide range of topics covered by local and state experts and out-of-state speakers.

Michigan restricted-use pesticide recertification credits will be available for the educational sessions. For additional information, contact Mark Longstroth at or Allan Zelmar at 1-269-870-5265 or

Southwest Michigan Horticulture Days is sponsored by the Michigan Grape Society and the Michigan State Horticulture Society, and coordinated by the Michigan Grape Society and Michigan State University Extension.

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