Kerr Center

Horticulture Industries Show: People, Plants, & Pollinators

Horticulture Industries Show: People, Plants, & Pollinators
01/04/2019 – 01/05/2019 all-day
Fayetteville, AR (Chancellor Hotel)
70 N. East Ave.
AR 72701
Registration opens November 1.
Cathy Hersom

The 2019 Horticulture Industries Show will be held January 3–5 at the Chancellor Hotel in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The theme of the 38th Annual Show is “People, Plants and Pollinators.”

A free high tunnel workshop will be held the preceding day (Thursday, January 3) at the Arkansas Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Fayetteville at 1 PM. Though there is no charge for this workshop, registration is requested.

Keynote speaker Dr. Ray Moranz will kick off the educational sessions on Friday, January 4 at 9 AM. The title of his address is “What Pollinators Do For You … and …What You can Do to Save Pollinators in Arkansas and Oklahoma.”

Dr. Moranz is the Grazing Lands Pollinator Ecologist for the Xerces Society, an international non-profit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Hired in September 2016, Ray also serves as a Partner Biologist for the USDA NRCS, and is based at the NRCS Field Office in Stillwater, Oklahoma. His current focus is assisting the NRCS with planning and implementation of pollinator (and especially monarch butterfly) conservation efforts in the central United States.

Following the keynote address the concurrent educational sessions will begin. These sessions will end at noon on Saturday, January 5. The topics for these sessions are: Vegetable, Master Gardeners/Public Gardens, Fruit, Local Foods, Organic/Sustainable and Christmas Trees.

Also, a trade show of exhibits representing the Horticulture industry will be available for participants to visit during the show.

The Chancellor Hotel is offering special rates for conference attendees. Reserve your hotel room no later than December 13th to receive the reduced rate for HIS. Register online, or call 479-442-5555 and request the HIS conference rate.

The HIS has consistently provided growers and the public with the latest information on vegetables, fruit, Christmas trees, farmers market crops and public gardening issues. The public and growers from Arkansas, Oklahoma and surrounding states are welcome to attend.

For more information or to register, visit the Horticulture Industries Show website.