Great Lake Expo program set for December 6-8
The Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo will be held in the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from December 6-8.
Last year, nearly 4,000 people from 34 states and 5 Canadian provinces attended the educational programs and the trade show, which attracted 380 exhibitors and covered four acres of exhibition hall space.
Registration can be done on-line at the Expo Web site, www.glexpo.com. Registration done on-line by November 11 is $70. It is $90 after that or at the door.
The Expo has educational sessions and exhibitors for fruit and berry growers, vegetable growers, farm marketers, and greenhouse growers. Special fruit events include a free lunch for Michigan apple growers, a grape industries luncheon, an apple variety showcase, and an industry luncheon at which U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat who chairs the Senate Committee on Agriculture, has been invited to speak.
Special educational programs include one on crop pollination on Tuesday, December 6, at 2 p.m., led by Penn State Entomologist Dave Biddinger. Brown marmorated stink bug, which has struck the Mid-Atlantic states hard and has been found in Michigan, gets top billing at the opening day tree session and the afternoon apple session on December 7.
The programs for educational sessions aimed at tree fruit and grape growers are listed in the 20-page Expo brochure, which can be downloaded from the Web site.
Good Fruit Grower is an exhibitor at the trade show and gold-level sponsor helping cover the cost of special events at the show.