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Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium set for Jan. 4

Commercial vegetable farmers and market gardeners will be able to network and gain invaluable tips on how to improve their business during the Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium.

The event will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CST) on Jan. 4 at Teibel’s Family Restaurant, 1775 U.S. 41, Schererville, Ind.

The program is a collaboration of Purdue and the University of Illinois Extension services. Presenters will include several Extension specialists from both universities.

Presentation highlights include management of tomato bacterial canker, sprayers for controlling insects in sweet corn, new dicamba regulations and updates on federal food safety regulations.

The symposium also includes breakout sessions which will allow participants to focus on either marketing or production issues, including cover crops and high tunnels.

Indiana private applicator recertification credits are available for a $10 fee at the door. Indiana commercial pesticide applicator continuing certification hours and certified crop adviser continuing edu- cation units also are available.

Early registration costs $30 and should be postmarked by Dec. 14 or completed online by Dec. 20. Participants also can register at the door for $35, but they will not be guaranteed lunch.

Registration is available online through the Education Store at For more information, contact Nikky Witkowski at [email protected] or 219-755-3240, or Kym Schwinkendorf at [email protected] or 219-386-5232.

Sponsors include Austgen Farms, and Lake County and La Porte County Farm Bureaus.

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