Variety of issues

and technologies

to be addressed

By MATTHEW WEAVER

Capital Press

The Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association's annual conference will cover the gamut of issues facing growers, organizers said.

"This conference covers all vegetables, so I don't know that there's actually any one hot topic," said Jud Hedine, president of the association.

He pointed to thrips in onions, increasing problems with wireworms and disease pressures for others crops, such as onions, peas or beans, as subjects for the Nov. 11-12 conference at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, Wash. The cost is $100 per person.

Association executive secretary Sheri Nolan said the conference also offers a place for producers to learn about research and other issues. The schedule includes more than 30 speakers, breakout sessions and 60 exhibits. More than 450 growers and industry members are expected to attend.

Washington, Oregon and Idaho pesticide applicator recertification credits are available.

New this year are an irrigation workshop and succession planning workshop, held the day prior to the conference, Nov. 10.

The keynote speaker is Mark Measer, special agent in charge of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency criminal investigations division, who will talk about his program, deterring pesticide violations and protecting businesses that follow regulations.

Hedine said the association tries to address topics that are of interest to growers. He's looking for increased grower involvement when the conference concludes.

"There's an awful lot of processor representatives, chemical fertilizer-type representatives, but ultimately it's for the growers," he said. "The more growers I can see there, the more growers who are involved and would like to be on the board, the better it would be."

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Access the Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association Web site at www.pnva.org

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