1st National Ginger and Turmeric Conference
Richmond, VA
October 17-19, 2018

With consumer demand for ginger and turmeric on the rise, many farmers consider growing them as profitable alternative crops.

The First National Conference of Ginger and Turmeric being held October 17–19, 2018, will showcase the latest science and technology related to production, product development and health benefits. It will also feature information on effective marketing strategies.

This conference will bring together farmers, horticulture and health researchers, and industry experts to cultivate ideas and share new information. The 3-day meeting will consist of technical sessions, abstract presentations, keynote speakers and a “Ginger and Turmeric 101 Workshop” giving participants the latest scientific information and practical knowledge.

Conference attendees will catch up with peers, and enjoy networking opportunities and group activities with successful ginger and turmeric farmers, buyers and researchers.

Check back often for new information about the conference program.

Registration is $250 per person. Lodging is not included in the registration fee. Registration will open later this spring.

Participate in the conference by submitting an oral or poster abstract. The deadline for abstract submissions is June 15th. There are three topic areas to choose from:

  • Health Research: This topic area is for basic and applied research on the health impacts of turmeric and ginger.
  • Sustainable Production Practices and Marketing: This topic area is for horticulturalists, agronomists, Extension professionals, farmers, wholesale and retailers marketers, and others in the production and marketing of ginger and turmeric.
  • Value-Added Product Development: This topic area is for food scientists, entrepreneurs, and others producing products with turmeric and ginger.

The conference hotel is the DoubleTree Richmond Midlothian.

Feel welcome the moment you arrive at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond – Midlothian with a freshly baked cookie. This hotel is only a short drive from downtown Richmond and is close to businesses, corporations, entertainment and shopping destinations including Chesterfield Town Center Mall, with over 200 specialty shops and restaurants and the charming village of Midlothian.

The hotel is near sports venues such as River City Sports and Greater Richmond Aquatics (GRAP), and leisure facilities including bowling and entertainment at Uptown Alley, and rock climbing at Peak Experiences. We offer a complimentary shuttle service within a five-mile radius of the hotel.

Our spacious guest rooms, renovated April 2014, feature a microwave, refrigerator, comfortable Serta beds, an executive work area with ergonomic chairs and complimentary WiFi. Upgrade to a suite for a separate seating area and sofa bed.


The Richmond region is easy to get to with flights from all over landing at Richmond International Airport. Within half a day’s drive of half the population of the United States, getting to Richmond by car or bus is as easy as hopping on I-95. Amtrak trains follow the I-95 corridor as well with two Richmond region trains dropping off at Ashland, Staples Mill and Main Street Stations.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Reza Rafie at