Registration opens for Richmond Area Vegetable Conference on Feb. 21

The 2018 Richmond Area Vegetable Conference will be held Wednesday, Feb. 21 in Henrico County to provide updates and information on topics related to vegetable farming.

The conference, which is open at no cost to attendees, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Strawberry Room of the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

Experts from Virginia Tech and local agents of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will discuss such issues as food safety rules, pesticide use, disease controls, pest management and using insects to promote pollination.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will offer free certifications of produce scales, which are used at farmers’ markets and roadside stands. Attendees also will receive a sponsored lunch and be eligible to earn 91 Private Pesticide Certification credits.

Registration is encouraged by Friday, Feb. 16 by calling the Hanover Extension office at (804) 752-4307 or by sending an email to lmaxey-nay@vt.edu. Anyone with a disability may request an assistive device by calling (804) 752-4310 by Wednesday, Feb. 14.