The Iowa Specialty Crop Growers Association will host a pre-conference workshop on Tuesday, February 21. The morning will feature Sweetcorn and the afternoon will feature Floriculture.

Workshop Schedule:

8:30 A.M. – Sweetcorn Workshop Registration
9:00 A.M. – Sweetcorn Workshop Begins
– Session 1: Insect Pests of Sweet Corn; Donald Lewis (Professor emeritus, Iowa State University)
– Session 2: Knee High by Mother’s Day? Early season planting methods growers use to achieve early sweet corn; Dan Fillius, (Iowa State University Extension & Outreach)
– Session 3: Title and speaker coming soon
– Session 4: Sweetcorn Grower Panel; Jordan Lyon (Buser’s Produce), Roger VanDonselaar (Prairie Produce), Gary Knight (Knights Sweet Corn)
12:15 P.M. – Sweetcorn Workshop Concludes
12:15 P.M. – Lunch (provided)
12:00 P.M. – Floriculture Workshop Registration
1:00 P.M. – Floriculture Workshop Begins
– Session 1: Creating a successful sunflower festival; Adam and Julie Hohl (Harvestville Farm)
– Session 2: Growing Zinnias for Profit; Andre Gradinariu (Farmer Dre Supply)
– Session 3: Pricing, designing, and selling fresh cut flowers; Dan Brabec (ISU Horticulture Department)
– Session 4: Floriculture Grower Panel; Meredith Nunnikhoven (Barnswallow Flowers), Naomi Friend (Friend’s Flowers), Lori Bochner (Bochner Farms)
5:00 P.M. – Floriculture Workshop Conclude


Individual registration price for the full workshop is $100, single workshop registration is $60. Members of the Iowa Specialty Crop Growers Association (formerly, the Iowa Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association) will receive an exclusive discounted rate of 50% off full and single workshop registrations per member. Please note: Membership status will be verified following registration for each attendee.

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Questions? Contact Kendra Meyer at