The program is jointly sponsored by Maryland State Horticultural Society, University of Maryland Extension, State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association, Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension, New Jersey State Horticultural Society, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Virginia Horticultural Society, and Virginia Tech University Cooperative Extension.

Pre Convention Workshops 
The Pre Convention workshops (see list below) are scheduled for Monday, January 27, 2020.


  • Tomato School

  • CBD Hemp Production Intensive for Growers

  • Bees, Pollinators, and Pollination

  • FSMA Grower Certification Training

  • Cultivating Leadership: Sowing Seeds of Success in Your Specialty Crop Enterprise

  • Farm Market Tour-Lancaster County

For more information and to register click here...


JAN. 28 - 30, 2020

The 2020 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention (MAFVC)  is held each year to provide the latest updates and important information to fruit and vegetable growers from Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and surrounding states. The conference will be held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, PA. on January 28 to January 30, 2020.


This year’s convention will feature several pre-convention workshops, a farm market bus tour, and a trade show with over 160 exhibitors plus three full days of six or more concurrent educational sessions. Sessions on tree fruits, small fruits, wine grapes, organic and general vegetables, pesticide safety, and many other topics are scheduled. The full program is provided at the end of this newsletter.

This year’s keynote speaker is Todd Hunt and his presentation on January 28 will be entitled “ Communication Bleeps and Blunders in Business.” This is an insightful look at improving communication to become more successful…with dozens of everyday examples that will leave you chuckling in recognition.

  • Discover “where your listener is coming from” and how to tailor your communication style accordingly.

  • Review the eight problem words that could cost you business.

  • Never think about voice mail the same again!


As always, pesticide applicator credits will be available for Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey growers that attend the sessions.


 To see the schedule or to register, click on the buttons below...

There will be an extensive trade show, including displays of horticultural equipment, marketing merchandise, packaging, seed companies, fruit nurseries, as well as pesticides and other supplies and services for commercial growers. Pesticide applicator credits will be available for Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey growers that attend the sessions.


Registration for 2020 is Now open!



The Hershey Lodge offers the ideal accommodations for a mid-winter convention. Check into your room on the first day and without setting foot outside until you check out two days later  Click here to reserve a room. Click here for additional information about the Hershey Lodge including directions.

If you're calling to make reservations - 855-729-3108 - be sure to mention the MID ATLANTIC FRUIT & VEGETABLE Conference.

If you have any questions or need help, please contact:

Robert Black at 240-409-7491 or email
Susan Barnes at 301-432-2767 x301 or email


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