As to be expected in this extraordinary year, many events are being switched to a virtual format. While a great benefit of conferences, workshops, field days and other events is the in-person contact and networking, there are advantages to virtual events as well — you don't have to leave the comfort of your own home, you may be able to participate in events that otherwise would be too far to travel, and often the event sessions are recorded so you can watch them (and re-watch them) at your own convenience.

Some of the events below are already being planned as virtual happenings, while others are either have not been decided or are planned as in-person events for now. Keep checking the links below for more information.

Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO

December 8-10, 2020 Normally held at Grand Rapids, MI, this event is now going virtual.

”Moving the EXPO from an in-person experience to a virtual platform was the last choice we wanted to make.” says Adam VanDyk, president of the Great Lakes EXPO. “We recognize that a significant advantage of the EXPO is the networking with friends and business associates. The EXPO board is working to bring as much of the in-person feel we are used to onto a virtual platform.”

Illinois Specialty Crop Conference

January 6-11, 2021, Springfield, IL

The Illinois Specialty Growers Association supports promotion, research, and education efforts for improving the marketing and quality of production of specialty crops grown in Illinois.

Iowa Specialty Producers Conference

January 21-22, 2021, Ankeny, IA

The Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association was established in 1984 to promote the interests of fruit and vegetable growers of the state through meetings, access to information, research, networking and mentoring opportunities.

Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference

January 24-26, 2021, Wisconsin Dells, WI

Click on the link above for more information as we get closer to the event date.

International Fruit Tree Association Annual Conference

February 22-24, 2021

Click on the link above for the event website — more information coming soon!

MOSES Organic Farming Conference

Last week of February, 2021

More information on the link above (after November 2).

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