The 2005 Deep South Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Trade Show is slated for Dec. 7-8 at the Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, Ala.

Among the highlights of this year's program will be a session offering “Solutions to Some of the Important Problems in Farming,” according to conference organizers, who say this session will address labor, transportation and insurance issues.

Other sessions include programs on agritourism, blueberries, vegetables, organics, peaches and citrus production, as well as a program on how to get started in the fruit and vegetable business. All the sessions are presented in concurrent format to allow individuals to choose the topics they want to hear.

The meeting also will host a large trade show with more than 40 vendors exhibiting the latest products and equipment for fruit and vegetable production.

Each educational session has a highlighted speaker from universities with large research programs, including experts from the LSU AgCenter. The speakers will provide valuable insight into the direction the industry is taking in a variety of states, as well as information about the latest findings from their research programs.

Forms for advance registration for the meeting and additional details can be obtained at the Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Web site at http://www2.netdoor.com/~mfvga/. For additional information, contact Bill Evans at (601) 892-3731 or wbe@ra.msstate.edu or Guy Feltenstein at guyf@mdac.state.ms.us.