Ornamental growers in the southern U.S. should circle June 12-15 on their calendars. That’s when the Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA) and the University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension Service will team up to produce a new education event, “The 2016 Academy of Crop Production,” to be held in Athens, GA.
The Academy of Crop Production is a four-day conference dedicated exclusively to sharing information on advanced ornamental crop production and business management techniques for ornamental producers. The event is headquartered at the Indigo Hotel in Athens. It is not a trade show, but rather a concentrated series of classes that focus on important current issues facing growers.
The event is developed for ornamental horticulture growers specializing in greenhouse and nursery production and features an impressive national speaker lineup. Nineteen presenters will cover topics ranging from technology and pest issues to new plant development and marketing. The event also features a kick-off reception on Sunday, June 12, hosted by GGIA at the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia that includes a keynote address from Dean Norton, Director of Horticulture at the historic Mount Vernon, home place of George Washington. The event culminates in the UGA Trial Gardens Industry Open House on Wednesday, June 15.
A complete list of speakers and topics, along with registration, is now available online. For more information, contact Chris Butts, Executive Director of the Georgia Green Industry Association, at 706-540-2813.