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 NEW Public Charge Rule about to take effect 

The Trump administration's "public charge" rule,which allows the government to deny green cards or visas to legal immigrants who are deemed likely to use public assistance programs like food stamps, will go into force at the end of next month following this week's Supreme Court decision on the issue.  The public charge regulations will be enforced in every state but Illinois, where a federal appeals court has upheld a state-wide injunction.

Under the controversial policy, the government's ability to refuse green cards or visas for legal immigrants determined to be a "public charge," or dependent on public assistance, would be expanded. Those using or likely to use Medicaid, food stamps and other safety net programs would face greater scrutiny from immigration officials. The policy was finalized in August and originally slated to take effect in October.

 

Have You Registered for Convention Yet?

Registrations for the 2020 National Watermelon Association convention are open! Members who register by February 1st, 2020 will receive a discounted rate of $395! Non-members who also register by February 1 will received the discounted rate of $595. After February 1st registrations will go up to $495 for members and $695 for non members. 

To Register for convention please visit our convention website watermelonconvention.com


Convention Website Has Everything you Need!

Looking For information on the 2020 National Watermelon Association Convention? Look no further than the watermelonconvention.com website! It has all the information you need about sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, registration, room reservations and more! 
Visit the site here 

2020 Sponsorships are OPEN!

How involved is your company with the National Watermelon Association?  Are you getting enough recognition?  Would you like to set your business above others?  We can help you while you help us.  Here’s how:
The NWA’s sponsorship program is uncommon from most other produce industry groups.  Typically, a sponsorship is recognized for only one moment in time, whether it be for a specific event or timeframe.  We don’t do that here.  The NWA recognizes a sponsorship for the entire year in multiple venues and communications.  We consider a sponsorship to be a gift that lasts the entire year. 
Here is another key point to sponsorships of the NWA.  They help us to maintain and offer the lowest registration fees in the entire produce industry, while providing six (6) full meals, hospitality, education, high-profile speakers, fun entertainment, and a family atmosphere that no one can duplicate.  Sponsors are the primary reason why we can do what we do at convention for all of our attendees, and for a nominal price.    
If you are not a sponsor, we ask you to please consider becoming a supporter.  Every sponsor is appreciated and valued, no matter what level you choose and best suits your company.  Thank you for your consideration.  We hope that you will help.

Exhibit Spaces are Still Available! 

 

Memberships for 2020 are NOW OPEN!

Here at the National Watermelon Association, we have been serving our members since 1914.  We are proud of what we’ve accomplished, and the path that we have crafted for the future.  With a focused dedication on the watermelon crop, we work hard to make a positive difference in the livelihoods of our members each and every day.

We are committed to our members and believe what we do enables us to put the right foot forward and accomplish much. From federal public policy & government relations, farm research, food safety & traceability, and so much more …… We work hard to make a positive difference for our members, each and every one, on each and every day. 

We are hopeful that you will consider joining our Association and allowing us to serve you as well. To sign up to become a member click here.

It’s our job to work together to make the watermelon business even better, and to ensure that our children and grandchildren can continue to grow the family business for years to come.

With your help, we are confident that we will.  Sign up today and join our family.        

 

2020 Sponsorships are OPEN!

How involved is your company with the National Watermelon Association?  Are you getting enough recognition?  Would you like to set your business above others?  We can help you while you help us.  Here’s how:
The NWA’s sponsorship program is uncommon from most other produce industry groups.  Typically, a sponsorship is recognized for only one moment in time, whether it be for a specific event or timeframe.  We don’t do that here.  The NWA recognizes a sponsorship for the entire year in multiple venues and communications.  We consider a sponsorship to be a gift that lasts the entire year. 
Here is another key point to sponsorships of the NWA.  They help us to maintain and offer the lowest registration fees in the entire produce industry, while providing six (6) full meals, hospitality, education, high-profile speakers, fun entertainment, and a family atmosphere that no one can duplicate.  Sponsors are the primary reason why we can do what we do at convention for all of our attendees, and for a nominal price.    
If you are not a sponsor, we ask you to please consider becoming a supporter.  Every sponsor is appreciated and valued, no matter what level you choose and best suits your company.  Thank you for your consideration.  We hope that you will help.
Sponsorship Application
 

Improving Watermelon Plant Establishment and Resistance to Soil Borne Diseases

One of the watermelon research projects conducted primarily through funding from the National Watermelon Association has been completed by Matthew Cutulle at Clemson University.  The study, ‘Improving Watermelon Plant Establishment and Resistance to Soil Borne Diseases’, had two primary objectives:

            1: Determine if watermelon variety and SC-27 inoculation influences plant vigor and stem lengths.

2: Determine if watermelon variety and SC-27 inoculation influence Fusarium oxusporum(FON) Race 1 and Race 2.

Click HERE to review the findings of the project
 
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