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Annual horticulture show opens Jan. 13

By Fred Miller
U of A System Division of Agriculture 
Dec. 2, 2016

Fast Facts:

  • The 36th annual Arkansas-Oklahoma Horticulture Industries Show will be held Jan. 13-14, 2017, in Fayetteville, Ark.
  • Keynote speaker Anthony Flaccavento will talk about building healthy economies with local and regional food systems.
  • Save money by registering by Dec. 29. 

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Building healthy economies with local and regional food systems will headline the topics presented at the 36th annual Arkansas-Oklahoma Horticulture Industry Show Jan. 13-14 in Fayetteville.

The trade show and conference is produced each year by a partnership between the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and Oklahoma State University.

Anthony Flaccavento, president of SCALE, Inc., and a national leader on food hub development, will give the keynote. He is a certified organic produce farmer and has 25 years of experience in sustainable community development. He founded and directs the Appalachian Sustainable Development and is the author of Healthy Food Systems: A Took Kit for Building Value Chains.

Flaccavento will also share his perspective on how growers can balance the needs of growing produce for both wholesale and direct to consumer markets.

Other speakers include Virginia cider apple orchardist Eliza Greenman, who will talk about heirloom apples for the south and the Ugly Fruit Project, and Lane McConnell from Farmers’ Market of the Ozarks in Springfield, Mo. McConnell will talk about strategies farmers can employ to advance their social media marketing skills.

The conference will feature many other sessions addressing key issues in sustainable agriculture, Master Gardeners and public gardens, farmers’ markets, and vegetable and fruit production. Those topics will be presented by growers, researchers and other speakers from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Oklahoma State University, Ozark Botanical Gardens, the National Center for Appropriate Technology and others.

The Horticulture Industry Show will be held at the Chancellor Hotel in downtown Fayetteville.

Two-day conference preregistration before Dec. 29 is $55 per person and up to two additional adults from the same business (including spouses) for $40 each. One-day registration is $42 for Friday or $25 for Saturday.

Children and students with ID can register for free.

Late or onsite registration is $75 for two days, $60 for Friday or $35 for Saturday.

For more information, contact Becky Sellers, Horticulture Industry Show executive secretary, at 405-696-3079 or by email at


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