Winter Vegetable Conference in Asheville, NC, Feb. 17 & 18, 2010

— Written By and last updated by Cloe Nichols
The Winter Vegetable Conference
& 42nd Annual Meeting of the NC Tomato Growers Association
February 17 & 18, 2010
Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, NC

Topics this year include:

  • Insect Control in Sweet Corn – Mark Abney
  • Understanding TMV and other tomato viruses- Kelly Ivors
  • Importance of Pollinators – David Tarpy
  • Grafting of tomatoes and other crops – Frank Louws
  • Fresh Produce Safety Traceback and Recall – Grower Panel and Ben Chapman
  • Weed Control in Tomatoes – Katie Jennings
  • High Tunnel Fertility and Soil Management – Ron Gehl
  • Pepper production and management – Chris Gunter
  • Economics of High Tunnels, Does it really pay? – Ed Estes
  • Marketing, Meeting the needs of customers and what produce managers are looking for – Shaiyu Chandarama
  • High Tunnel Production and Management (grower panel discussion group) – Phillip Sanders, Andy Meyers and Rick Harty
  • Chinese and Korean Ethnic Vegetables- Art Bridgeman
  • Insect Management on Fruiting Vegetables, with a Focus on Thrips- Jim Walgenbach
  • Labor Issues and H2A situation – Richard Blaylock
  • Combating late blight and other serious foliar diseases of tomato – Kelly Ivors
  • Critical Issues with Assessments – Bill Yarborough
  • Methyl Bromide Alternatives and EPA Regulation Changes- Rob Welker and Frank Louws
  • Tomato Breeding Program Update – Dilip Panthee

There will be a tradeshow throughout the conference, social hour on Wednesday, and luncheon on Thursday.

Registration and the trade show open at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday with sessions starting at 12:30.

Sessions resume at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday.

Preregistration is $20 per person before February 5th and $25 after that or at the door.

Everyone is encouraged to stay at the Crowne Plaza Resort where the N.C. Tomato Growers Association has reserved a block of rooms. The room rates are priced at $69.00 plus applicable taxes and the room rates are valid through January 26th (call, they might honor the rate after the cutoff date), so please make your reservations directly with the Crowne Plaza Resort at 1-800-733-3211, or (828) 254-3211. Check in time is 4:00 p.m. on the day of arrival, and check out time is 11:00 a.m. on the day of departure.

For more information, including how to be an exhibitor or sponsor, and a registration form, visit

If you have any questions, please contact Ellen Sprague at (828) 685-3989 or

This conference is presented to you by the NC Tomato Growers Association with assistance from the NC Cooperative Extension Service and the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.