NEWS

Crops conference scheduled Jan. 6-8

Staff reports

The Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism and Organic Conference will be held Wednesday, Jan. 6, through Friday, Jan. 8, at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Springfield.

A variety of sessions will cover topics such as marketing, disease management, fruits, vegetables, herbs, irrigation and business plans.

The 21st annual Cider Contest and the eighth annual Hard Cider Contest will be held in conjunction with the conference.

Registration and other information are available from Diane Handley at (309) 557-2107 or

handley@ilfb.org. A conference agenda is available at  www.specialtygrowers.org.