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Great Lakes fruit, vegetable expo goes virtual for 2020

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Courtesy GL Expo Exhibitor booths at the 2020 Great Lakes Expo
VIRTUAL: Exhibitor booths at the 2020 Great Lakes Expo will be presented virtually this year with over 100 vendors participating and having the ability to communicate with attendees visiting those booths.
Dec. 8-10 event will include 83 educational sessions on fruit, vegetable and other specialty crops.

Following a consistent theme for farm shows this year, the 2020 Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, Farm Market and Greenhouse Expo will be an all-virtual event — but with a twist. It will also include more than 100 vendors with virtual booths, which attendees can virtually visit.

Greg Bird, executive director of the Michigan Vegetable Council, says the 2020 Expo, Dec. 8-10, will include 83 educational sessions on fruit crops, vegetable crops, other specialty crops, greenhouse crop production and marketing, farm marketing ideas and operations, farmers markets, and organic production and marketing.

Michigan Farm Bureau, along with Great Lakes Ag Labor Services, Michigan Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Association and Farm Bureau Insurance, will sponsor a “Genius Session” in conjunction with a labor educational workshop. Staff will be available to answer specific questions related to labor and the H-2A Seasonal Guestworker Program.

Resources available

Farm Bureau Insurance will also be offering additional staff resource expertise to answer questions regarding crop insurance-related questions, with a number of the company’s crop insurance specialists on-hand during the live session.

“There will also be sessions covering a diversity of general interest topics, including food safety and labor,” Bird says. “Presentations will be also made by researchers and Extension educators from Michigan State University, other land-grant universities and industry.”

Many of the hourlong educational sessions will offer credits for Michigan and Ohio private and commercial pesticide applicators and certified crop advisors, Bird says.

Several new topic areas were also added to this year’s session roster. One includes a stand-alone workshop on industrial hemp that covers licensing, regulations and irrigation, and offers a panel discussion. An organic and a beginning farmer evening series are also offered.

Bird says the 2020 Virtual Expo Trade Show will still offer its participants access to one of the largest trade shows in North America, with the ability to have a live online discussion with each vendor.

“Even though the 2020 trade show will be virtual, exhibitors will be showing a variety of products and services for growers, greenhouse and farm marketers,” Bird adds. “Committed exhibitors include farm equipment companies, seed companies, nurseries, fertilizer and farm chemical manufacturers and suppliers, packaging equipment and container companies, and greenhouse-specific suppliers.”

The virtual trade show will also include an area for exhibitors offering products specifically for farm markets, as well as state and federal agencies updating attendees on current programs and regulations.

Register now

Expo registration is now open and costs $40 per attendee, which can be paid online.Bird says the virtual format will still allow producers access to one of the largest annual gatherings of fruit and vegetable growers and farm marketers in North America.

“The Michigan State Horticultural Society and the Michigan Vegetable Council combined their annual conventions, starting in December 2001, initiating the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO,” Bird says, adding that the Michigan Greenhouse Growers EXPO has been held concurrently with the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO since 2009.

“This expanded the overall program to include education sessions and trade show exhibitors for greenhouse growers and is sponsored by the Metropolitan Detroit Flower Growers Association and the Western Michigan Greenhouse Association,” Bird says. “One registration fee covers both conferences.”

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