Onion growers meeting slated next week in Ontario

Onions, like these at Snake River Produce, will be the main focus of the annual Idaho-Malheur County Onion Growers meeting Tuesday. (The Enterprise/File).

ONTARIO – Onions will take center stage next Tuesday at Four Rivers Cultural Center at the annual Idaho-Malheur County Onion Growers meeting.

The session begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs to 4 p.m.

“It is kind of all things onion,” said Stuart Reitz, county extension agent.

 The conference agenda is packed with presentations on issues from soil-borne onion diseases, the environmental effects on onions yields to an analysis on onion prices and an update on the rail reload facility planned in Nyssa.

Greg Yielding, the national onion association executive vice president, is scheduled to speak during the conference luncheon.

The event also includes a trade show and an Onion Hall of Fame presentation.

“You get the opportunity to come see the latest technology. The seed companies are there and will have information and displays on their varieties,” said Reitz. Farmers also will be able to learn about new herbicides and insecticides, said Reitz. Cindy Pusey, of the Association Management Group in Meridian, is coordinating registration for the event and said she expects between 200 to 250 people at the conference.

She said 56 vendors will be at the one-day session.

Registration costs $150 and interested individuals can contact Pusey at 208-888-0988 or email her at: [email protected].