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July 30, 2009   Email to Friend 

FIELD DAY TO SPOTLIGHT ORGANIC TOMATO, PEPPER PRODUCTION RESEARCH
Jamie Creamer
(334) 844-2783
July 30, 2009

HAZEL GREEN, Ala. --  Auburn University's Organic Vegetable Production Research Program and Alabama A&M University's Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Department will co-host a field day Wednesday, Aug. 5, 4 p.m., at the Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station in Hazel Green.

During the event, attendees will visit organic tomato and pepper research plots where Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station researchers from the two universities are conducting a joint study to identify practices that can help farmers who grow the two crops organically overcome mid-summer production problems.

Field day participants also will see research plots of pigeon peas, medicinal basil and exotic Indian vegetables and will have the opportunity to learn the basics of shiitake mushroom production. A hamburger/veggie burger cookout will round out the event.

Both the field day and cookout are free and open to everyone. The research station is at 372 Walker Lane in Hazel Green, located in north Madison County close to the Alabama/Tennessee border.

Pre-registration is requested by Monday, Aug. 3, by contacting Auburn's Jan Garrett at garrecj@auburn.edu or (334) 332-2846. For more information on the field day, contact Alabama A&M's Rao Mentreddy at (256) 372-4250.


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