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Pa. meeting on Feb. 18 to target vegetable, greenhouse growers

January 15, 2008

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Penn State Cooperative Extension will host a program titled "Tri-County Vegetable and Greenhouse Growers" on Monday, Feb. 18, at Shippensburg (Pa.) Area Senior High School.

This year's program is designed to keep growers up-to-date on the latest practices to profitably grow and market high-quality produce and greenhouse goods.

There will be separate tracks for field vegetable production and greenhouse production.

Special to this year's meeting is a greenhouse insect management workshop by Stanton Gill, University of Maryland. Gill is acknowledged as a leading expert on managing greenhouse pests using biological approaches and has authored several books on the subject. Proven technology, new varieties, marketing and pest management are the key areas of this meeting.

Subjects will include: strawberry disease management, blueberry variety selection, several trial gardens reports, greenhouse energy efficiency, soil diseases and inoculants, and much more. PDA pesticide credits will be awarded to licensed applicators.

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The program will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost of the program is $20 for those who register by Feb. 12 and $35 thereafter, and includes all program materials, lunch, morning and afternoon breaks.

For additional information and registration forms, call Steve Bogash at the Franklin County Cooperative Extension office at 717-263-9226.

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