Directories, Renewal Time, and Annual Membership Meeting

The directory of IVGA members who sell wholesale produce has been updated and is available at ivga.org under the Wholesale Growers link. This directory and the complete membership directory for 2017 have been mailed to 2017 members.

It’s time to renew or sign-up for 2018! The new dues rate for regular members is $20. If you wish to order a hard copy of the Midwest Vegetable Production Guide or Vegetable Crops Hotline newsletter, you can indicate that on the membership form, but they are no longer included in the price of membership. The corporate membership rate remains at $80/year.

The annual membership meeting of the Indiana Vegetable Growers Association will be held Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, at 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., at the Indianapolis Marriott East. IVGA still has openings for new board members. Contact President John Young if you are interested or wish to nominate someone. Elections for board members and officers will be held at the meeting.

Earlier on Feb. 14, as well as on Feb. 13 and Feb. 15, educational programs and the trade show at the Indiana Horticulture Congress offer lots of opportunity for learning and networking. Learn more at inhortcongress.org. Hope to see many IVGA members there!

Indiana Vegetable Growers Seeks Board Members

The Indiana Vegetable Growers Association board is seeking board members for 3-year terms beginning at the annual meeting in February 2018. Members interested in serving, or with suggestions for potential board members, should contact President John Young at jmyoungco@yahoo.com or 5028 E. Landersdale Rd. Mooresville, IN 46158.

IVGA Supports Purdue Project to Collect Farmers Market Prices

The Indiana Vegetable Growers Association has awarded Dr. Ariana Torres of Purdue $1,000 for the project ‘Supporting the Vegetable Industry Success: Marketing Tools for Farm Decision-Making.’ Dr. Torres will collect prices and product availability at selected farmers markets in Indiana and generate weekly reports that will be available at the Purdue Horticulture Business Extension program website: www.hort.purdue.edu/hortbusiness.

Reports of Funded Projects Now Available

Reports of projects supported in 2015 have been received and are available online here. The work of A.J. Deering and M.C. Aime showed that red yeast could reduce or inhibit growth of Salmonella or E. coli on lettuce leaves and the yeast may have potential as a biocontrol agent. J. Monroe completed the two-day training required to become an approved trainer for the FSMA produce safety curriculum and plans to become fully certified as a lead trainer when the certification process is finalized. (2/13/2016)

Annual Election of Board Members and Officers

On January 20, 2016 at the annual membership meeting, officers and board members were elected. John Young was elected President, James Book re-elected as Vice-president, and Michael Horrall re-elected as Secretary/Treasurer. Board members Tom Kercher, Vernon Stuckwish, and Curt Utterback were re-elected and new board member William Harriman was elected to serve through the annual meeting in 2019. Outgoing President John Hilger was elected to fill John Young’s position on the board. (2/13/2016)