This year's 14th annual Desert Crops Workshop is scheduled for Dec. 3 in Holtville, Calif., at the Barbara Worth Golf Resort and Convention Center.

Tom Turini, Imperial County UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor, is program committee chairman and has put together a 16-presentation, information-packed program that will net consultants five hours of continuing education credit.

Researchers from the University of California, University of Arizona and USDA will make presentations covering a wide range of crops from melons and lettuce to citrus and sweet corn. A program accompanies this article.

For the past three years the desert crops workshop has been held in Yuma, Ariz., but this year long-time workshop leaders moved the conference to Imperial Valley. For the first 10 years when the conference was devoted exclusively to vegetables, it rotated between California and Arizona. The move to Holtville is a return to that rotation.

Western Farm Press is a co-sponsor of the event with the University of California and the University of Arizona. Commercial firms provide financial support to allow the workshop, continental breakfast and lunch to be offered free to growers and consultants.

There is a registration form below or you may call Turini at the Imperial Valley Cooperative Extension office (769) 352-9464 to reserve a place at the workshop.

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