The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference has been scheduled for Jan. 6-9. The event, sponsored by the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) and the South Carolina Peach Council, will be held in Savannah, Ga., at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.

Featuring informative workshops, classes and demonstrations, the 2011 event has also been expanded to include a third day of programs. In addition, The North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association will hold their annual meeting in conjunction with the conference as well.

Designed to bring the most up-to-date and relevant information to the fruit and vegetable industry, the 2011 show promises to be bigger and better than ever. More than 2,200 growers and industry representatives attended in 2010.

The conference, currently in its 13th year, offers some of the most informative educational sessions available for fruit and vegetable production. During the three-day program, more than 85 hours of commodity-specific production training, pest management information and marketing updates are offered to attendees.

Commodities include peaches, vegetables, Vidalia onions, watermelons, muscadines, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and pecans. In addition to the commodity production sessions, special Good Agricultural (GAP) Food Safety, Organic Production and Roadside Markets sessions will be held. A Business Operations educational track has also been added this year to help producers across all commodities run the day-to-day operations of their organizations and make sound business and marketing decisions. Continuing education credits are available.