NARBA’s 2019 conference will be held in Savannah, Georgia on January 9-11, 2019 in association with the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference (SRFVC), a major regional conference with multiple tracks of educational sessions and a large trade show. Program planning is underway, and the full schedule and registration will be available in the fall of 2018. Shown above: From the Convention Center, looking across the Savannah River to Savannah’s picturesque riverfront.  

General program schedule (times subject to change)

Wednesday, January 9

  • 1:00 pm -5:00 pm Afternoon workshop, “Getting Started in Caneberry Production”
  • 3:00-4:30 pm Tour of the Port of Savannah, one of the largest and busiest ports in the country. The tour will focus especially on the handling of berry and fruit crops

Thursday, January 10

  • Caneberry educational breakout sessions, panel discussions, and presentations
  • NARBA annual meeting
  • Caneberry-specific trade show

Sessions open to NARBA conference registrants only. SRFVC conference sessions on “Business Operations” also open to NARBA conference registrants. Lunch is included in registration. 

Friday, January 11

  • Caneberry educational breakout sessions, panel discussions, and presentations
  • SRFVC Trade show
  • SRFVC educational sessions in multiple tracks, including blueberries, Food Safety, Organic, Peaches, Roadside Markets, Vegetables
  • Reception on trade show floor

All sessions and trade show open to all NARBA and SRFVC registrants. Lunch is included in registration. 

Saturday, January 12

  • SRFVC Trade show
  • SRFVC educational sessions in multiple tracks, including blueberries, Food Safety, Muscadines, Peaches, Watermelons, Vegetables

Location: Thursday-Saturday activities take place at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, just across the river from the vibrant historic downtown, with many hotels, shops and restaurants. Ferry and bus service connect the two areas. Wednesday’s activities will take place at NARBA’s host hotel, TBD.  Savannah is a lovely place to visit, full of history, cobblestone roads, picturesque residential squares, Spanish moss, stately trees and temperate winter weather. 

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