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Straw set to speak Feb. 20 on growing better vegetables - HeraldCourier.com: News

Straw set to speak Feb. 20 on growing better vegetables

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Posted: Sunday, February 9, 2014 9:01 pm | Updated: 9:02 pm, Sun Feb 9, 2014.

Dr. R. Allen Straw, Area Specialist in small fruits and specialty crops with Virginia Cooperative Extension, will speak on “Better Vegetable Varieties for Northeast Tenn./SW Virginia Gardeners” on Thursday, February 20, at 7 p.mm at the Johnson City Power Board Building Auditorium, 2600 Boones Creek Road (Hwy 354.) in Johnson City.

In this program Dr. Straw will focus on promising vegetable varieties that perform well in the Southern Appalachian Region. He will discuss the characteristics of these new varieties — improved yields, high quality and disease resistance.  He will also highlight new and potential production practices that may increase the yield and quality of the harvested product.

Dr. R. Allen Straw was raised on a diversified grain and livestock farm in East-Central Illinois. He graduated from Berea College in 1985 with a B.S. degree in general agriculture. He then earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Tennessee. After 13 years with the Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station, Dr. Straw served 5 years as the statewide commercial vegetable and strawberry specialist for the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service. Now employed by VCE and stationed at the SW VA Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Glade Spring, VA, he conducts applied research in vegetable and berry crops in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

Sponsored by the Southern Appalachian Plant Society, this program is free and the public is invited. For more information, call 423-741-5485 or email: jnjmoore@embargqmail.com.

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