The Georgia Citrus Association will hold its second annual conference on Feb. 26 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center. Lindy Savelle, president of the Georgia Citrus Association, has high hopes for a successful event.
Savelle says that while the first conference went well, the second conference will be even better. “We listened to what the comments were from last year,” she says. Those comments led to the association providing more vendors. According to Savelle, attendees can expect businesses like nurseries, consultants, insurance companies and fertilizer companies in the vendor area.
Another comment the association will implement into this year’s event is splitting the informational sessions into smaller groups, as well as creating some sessions for beginners and some sessions for veteran citrus growers. “So, we have a couple of speakers to kick off the conference, then we’ve got the groups divided into beginner and advanced,” Savelle explains.
The conference will include four panels. A “growing citrus” panel will discuss production fundamentals. An “industry” panel will consist of those involved in Keeping Georgia Citrus Clean. The “best product” panel will discuss everything from getting GAP (good agricultural practices) certified to the marketing aspects of Georgia Grown. Finally, the “practical applications” panel will consist of growers discussing the day-to-day practices of producing citrus.
Savelle is excited to see the amount of unfamiliar names on the attendee list. “At the end of the day, this industry is really taking off,” she says.
Savelle invites any and all growers to attend the conference. With the separation of the beginner and advanced sessions, she is looking forward to this year’s conference being even more inclusive for growers.
Early-bird pricing for the conference ends Feb. 16. Visit the event website for more information about the conference or to register.
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