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Thursday, January 4, 2018
Teibel's Family Restaurant, 1775 US 41, US 30 & US 41, Schererville, Indiana

Program and registration information will be available later this fall.
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Previous Years

2017 Program for the Day

8:00 AM          Registration

8:30 AM          Welcome                    Gene Matzat, Purdue Extension

8:35 AM          Pollinators: Where are We After 2016?             Rick Foster, Dept. of Entomology, Purdue

9:05 AM          Management of Powdery Mildew and other Important Diseases of Cucurbits            Mohammad Babadoost, Dept. of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois

9:35 AM          Mineral Nutrition for Vegetable Crops            Liz Maynard, Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue

10:05 AM        Exhibitor Introductions                           

10:15 AM        Break                                                          

                          Moderator: Andrew Martin                   

10:35 AM        Updated Worker Protection Standards          Nikky Witkowski, Purdue Extension, Lake County

10:55 AM        Food Safety Regulation Update and Washing Systems for Small Operations             Scott Monroe, Purdue Extension

11:25 AM        Break                                                          

11:55 AM        Luncheon                                                  

1:10 PM          Moderator: Liz Maynard                        

1:10 PM          How Can Other Farm Profiles Help You Plan?                 Ariana Torres, Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue

1:45 PM          Modern Transplant Production in the Greenhouse          Krishna Nemali, Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue

2:20 PM          Break - Split into two sessions               


       Session A: Organic Pest Management.

                          Moderator: Bob Yoder                           

2:30 PM          Successful Pest Management in Organic Vegetable Production      Zack Grant, University of Illinois Extension, Cook County

3:15 PM          Bio-Char Does it work?                                   Liz Aquino, Lanes End Farm, Lowell, Indiana

3:45 PM          Student and Mentoring Partnerships on Vegetable Farms               Tamara Benjamin, Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue

        Session B: Hydroponic Production       

                          Moderator: Nikky Witkowski                 

2:25 PM          Is Hydroponics Really that Easy?               Petrus Langenhoven, Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue


3:10 PM          Break                                                        

3:15 PM          Starting a Hydroponic Enterprise & Identifying Markets  Tim Yohnka, New Day Hydroponics, Momence, Illinois


4:00 PM          Adjourn                                                     

Central Standard Time (Chicago Time)    Title    Speaker
8:00 AM    Registration   
8:30 AM    Welcome   
    Lyndsay Ploehn, Moderator   
8:35 AM    New Pollinator Regulations    Rick Foster, Purdue University
9:00 AM    Cucurbit Insect Management and Aphid Outbreaks    Rick Weinzierl, University of illinois
9:30 AM    Prevalent Diseases of 2015:  Phytophthora Blight, Downy Mildew and More    Dan Egel, Purdue University
10:10 AM    Exhibitor Introductions   
10:20 AM    Break   
    Phil Woolery, Moderator   
10:40 AM    Drift Recovery    Gene Matzat, Purdue Extension
11:00 AM    USDA Programs for Vegetable Farmers 
FSA Jacob Maxwell, Farm Service Agency
NRCS web site  Tony Bailey, Natural Resources Conservation Service
RMA web site  PDF Jennifer Dammerman, Risk Management Agency
11:45 AM    Break   
12:15 PM    Luncheon   
1:10 PM    James Theuri, Moderator   
1:10 PM    What's New at Purdue Horticulture    Hazel Wetzstein, Purdue University
1:25 PM    Update on the Food Safety Modernization Act     James Theuri, University of Illinois Extension
1:45 PM    Blasting Weed Competition Away    Sam Wortman, University of Illinois
2:15 PM    Break - Choose Session A or Session B   
    Session A: Marketing Tips and Tools, Andrew Martin, Moderator 
2:25 PM    Efficient and Effective Use of Social Media  Mary Hosier, University of Illinois (additional handouts: Social Media 101 and Social Media Rules Poster)
3:25 PM    Point of Sale Systems for Small Businesses    Danielle Sands, Purdue Extension
4:00 PM    Adjourn           
    Session B: Production Topics, Zack Grant, Moderator        
2:25 PM    Year Round Mixed Vegetable Production in High Tunnels    Zack Grant, University of Illinois Extension
2:55 PM    Opportunities in Hydroponics    Petrus Langenhoven, Purdue University
3:30 PM    Building Soil Health in Organic Systems     Lori Hoagland, Purdue University
4:00 PM    Adjourn   
Questions? Contact Nikky Witkowski, or 219-755-3240
Program Planning Committee 2016 and 2017:
Zack Grant, University of Illinois Extension
Andrew Martin, Purdue Extension, Newton County
Gene Matzat, Purdue Extension, LaPorte County
Liz Maynard, Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University
Lyndsay Ploehn, Purdue Extension, Porter County
James Theuri, University of Illinois Extension
Nikky Witkowski, Purdue Extension, Lake County
Phil Woolery, Purdue Extension, Pulaski and Starke Counties
Bob Yoder, Purdue Extension, Marshall County
Butch Zandstra, Zandstra's Farm and Greenhouse, Lowell