The 2017 Empire State Producers Expo will take place next week, Tuesday, Jan. 17 through Thursday, Jan. 19, at the OnCenter Convention Center in Syracuse, NY, combining major fruit, flower, vegetable, and direct marketing associations of New York in one comprehensive trade show.
According to the New York State Vegetable Growers Association post at, the show will include an “educational conference for New York producers, as well as neighboring states and Eastern Canada.” The site notes that in years past, “over 100 presentations were given by Cornell Cooperative Extension personnel and highly regarded speakers from across the country.” Panel discussions will feature “some of the top industry experts and growers in New York,” and between the sessions, “attendees can visit the trade show featuring over 150 commercial vendors and non-profit exhibitors.”
The educational sessions will include discussions on “commodity specific programs in cabbage, processing vegetables, hops, grains, cut flowers, tree fruit, sweet corn, tomato, onion, potato, Cole crops, root crops and specialty crops; and focused programs in water management and irrigation, weed management, soil health, post-harvest handling, biopesticides, beginning farmer, marketing using social media and apps, transplant and greenhouse production, climate and forecast models, labor, and hard cider production. DEC pesticide recertification credits and Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits will be offered during the appropriate educational sessions.”
A New York Grown and Certified Program will be presented in a special session on Jan. 18 and is slated to feature NY Commissioner of Agriculture Richard Ball, who will “introduce the new standard for New York State agriculture and provide an opportunity for dialog about this new state-wide program.”
For more information on this event and other news from the NYSVGA, go to www.nysvga.org.