Richmond Area Vegetable Conference set for Feb. 21

The 2019 Richmond Area Vegetable Conference will be held Thursday, 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 3 p.m. in the Strawberry Room of the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

Specialists from Virginia Tech and local agents from the Virginia Cooperative Extension will discuss such topics as food safety rules, pesticide use, organic produce growing practices, disease controls and insect pest management.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will offer free certifications of produce scales used at farmers’ markets and roadside stands. Attendees also will receive a sponsored lunch and be eligible to earn Private Pesticide Certification credits for Category 90.

Registration is requested by Friday, Feb. 15 by calling the Henrico Extension office at (804) 501-5160 or by sending an email to [email protected]. Anyone with a disability may request an assistive device, service or accommodation by calling (804) 501-5160 by Friday, Feb. 15.

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