EDITOR'S NOTE - The following is an open letter from Mark Taylor, president of the North Carolina Vegetable Growers Association, who is inviting all interested individuals to the Southeast Vegetable & Fruit Expo/AGTECH 2000 meeting scheduled for Dec. 11-13, 2000 in Greensboro, N.C. This edition of Southeast Farm Press is a special issue (yearbook) for the groups involved.

Welcome to the 15th Southeast Vegetable & Fruit Expo/AGTECH 2000 meeting. This great national event brings people from all of agriculture to share information, plan for the future, and make business decisions.

A large indoor trade show will run concurrent with great educational sessions. The participants in the trade show represent the world's leading companies in agriculture.

Many of the education session leaders are truly world renowned authorities in their fields of expertise. This is the place to see the very newest methods and products. The quality and diversity of this year's event makes it the best of its kind anywhere.

Regardless of the size of your business, the types of crops you grow, the products you sell or the clientele you serve, you will surely gain a great advantage by your participation this year.

Participation in the Expo also provides you a valuable opportunity to meet with your peers for information sharing and fellowship.

As always, this event is sponsored by grower-based organizations and much of the income from it goes to research and market development for our crops.