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Mississippi tomato short course will meet needs of growers

Greenhouse tomato growers and people with an interest in the business should mark their calendars for the 16th annual greenhouse tomato short course to be held in Jackson, Miss., on Feb. 28 and March 1.

The 2006 Greenhouse Tomato Short Course will be held in the Sparkman Auditorium at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum at 1150 Lakeland Drive, Jackson, Miss. It is sponsored by the MSU Extension Service and the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center.

Sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. both days. The first day will provide an overview of greenhouse tomato production, new grower information, plant nutrition, organic production, business costs and marketing. The second day will cover flavor issues, micronutrients, water quality, disease and insect prevention, more marketing tips, and success stories.

Advance registration is $100 and must be received by Feb. 20. This fee includes meals, coffee breaks, refreshments, Extension bulletins and handouts.

Registration at the door is $125. Those who pre-register will receive a Greenhouse Tomato Short Course all-cotton cap.

For more information, contact Mississippi county Extension offices, e-mail ricks@ra.msstate.edu or visit http://www.greenhousetomatosc.com.

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