The presentations will kick off with information on dwarf mayhaws and other varieties supplied by Billy Craft, a mayhaw breeder from Woodworth. Following Craft's presentation, Jackie Robbins, owner of Irrigation Mart in Ruston, will talk about mayhaw irrigation.
Later in the morning, Bubba Hoggat of Marion and Evelyn White of Starks will give a brief presentation on their towns' festivals celebrating the mayhaw. And Leonida Altazan-Brown of the LSU AgCenter's Rapides Parish Office will give the outcome of this year's mayhaw cooking contest, which is held as part of the annual mayhaw conference.
Rounding out the morning presentations, Bobby Tolbert, a mayhaw grower from Vidor, Texas, will be on hand to talk about mayhaw orchard establishment and management, and John Pyzner of the LSU AgCenter will give an update on mayhaw pests. Charlie Hutchins of the Grant Processing Plant near Pollock also will provide new guidelines for fruit processing.
The afternoon will be spent touring Little Eden mayhaw orchard and the Grant Processing Plant. The conference will end after the tour of the processing plant.
Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m., and the conference opens at 9 a.m. The registration fee, which includes lunch, is $25 for members of the Louisiana Mayhaw Association and includes a year's membership in the association. The fee for spouses of members is $10, and there is a $15 fee for nonmembers.
For more information on the conference, contact John Pyzner at (318) 644-5865 or e-mail: [email protected].