The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference celebrated its 15th year in beautiful Savannah, Georgia. The four-day event, running January 5–8, featured over 10 different educational conferences and more than 200 exhibitors all under one roof.
The show is organized by the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) and the South Carolina Peach Council, in conjunction with grower associations and universities from across the region. The event provides education for vegetable and specialty crop producers and industry members from all over the southeastern United States.
The show kicked off on Thursday with three sessions: Unmanned Systems in Precision Ag, Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course and the Southern Pea Workshop. The day concluded with the GFVGA annual meeting.
The trade show opened on Friday, and attendees flooded the exhibit hall. Friday also brought more educational sessions, including the popular Food Safety Conference, which focused on educating growers on the Produce Safety Rule. A live auction on the tradeshow floor wrapped up the first night of the trade show.
The third day of the convention began with an awards breakfast and Produce Safety Alliance training course. The training course attracted vegetable and fruit growers interested in learning about food safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act, Produce Safety Rule and more. Additional educational session topics included Muscadine grapes, strawberries, and Vidalia onions.
Conference attendees were invited to attend a reception by the Savannah River on Saturday night to expand their networking opportunities and enjoy the nighttime sights of the historic city.
Sunday was the final day of the conference, which concluded with an industry roundtable discussion.
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