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Summer 2017 Cold Climate Viticulture Class at UVM

Posted: February 23rd, 2017 by fruit

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 am – 3:45 PM

June 20 – July 13, 2017

University of Vermont Horticulture Research & Education Center
South Burlington, VT

Information and registration

Students will learn principles and practices of commercial cold-climate grape production, including: site selection and preparation; varietal selection; vine training; nutrient, water and pest management; harvest; and introductory winemaking considerations. Special emphasis will be placed on environmental and economic sustainability of the vineyard operation. The class will apply knowledge of integrated horticultural and pest management practices in a real vineyard setting. The class format will consist of a combination of classroom lectures, hands-on fieldwork, and visits to local commercial vineyards. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the UVM Horticulture Research and Education Center.

For more information contact Terence.Bradshaw

Follow up from Feb 16 UVM Apple Program & VTFGA Meeting

Posted: February 22nd, 2017 by fruit

I’d like to thank everyone for your attendance at the 2017 UVM Apple Program & VTFGA Annual meeting. You make those meetings work, and we work for you. Below are some follow up items from the meeting:

· Copies of presenter slides are available on our program website. Please use as you see fit, but remember that the slides alone do not come with the context of the talk they supported. More reason to attend the meeting… http://www.uvm.edu/~fruit/?Page=treefruit/tf_meetings.html&SM=tf_submenu.html under ‘2017 Annual Meeting’

· Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Alyson Eastman mentioned that there is someone in the Agency who continues to do CA room certifications: Tim Schmalz, tim.schmalz. (802)828-1317.

· Annie MacMillan detailed changes to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS), which are outlined at: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-worker-safety/revisions-worker-protection-standard

· Dr. Kevin Folta provided some resources for helping to craft your message with the public, including a book, Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss, and his website, http://www.talkingbiotech.com/. His weekly podcast may be found at: www.talkingbiotechpodcast.com, and is an excellent way to pass time pruning or in the tractor. I particularly like the episodes that detail the domestication of numerous crops. He can also be found at: https://kevinfoltacom.wordpress.com/.

Thanks again!


2017 Initial Pesticide Certification Meeting

Posted: February 15th, 2017 by fruit

2017 Initial Certification Meeting.
This is a simple way to learn the material needed to pass the licensing exam to certify as a pesticide applicator in Vermont. Remember, even organic producers are required to hold a valid license to purchase or apply restricted use products, and many commonly-used products in organic production are restricted-use. -TB

Two site options are available. YOU ONLY NEED TO ATTEND ONE SITE.

White River Junction

April 4, 2017

VFW Post 2571, 97 South Main Street

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Burlington, VT

April 5, 2017

Robert Miller Community Center, 130 Gosse Court

Meeting will be held from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at each location

Sponsored by UVM Extension and Vermont Agency of Agriculture with financial support from the USDA RiskManagement Agency

New for 2017

*Two site options are now available. YOU ONLY NEED TO ATTEND ONE SITE. Please choose site during registration.

*Registration is ONLINE ONLY. Please see links for each site below.

*Lunch will NOT be provided. You may bring your own or leave during the break to seek other options. Kitchen facilities are not available.

Program Overview

*This program will provide training and review of Vermont Pesticide regulations and the information covered in the Pesticide Applicator Training Manual that is necessary to understand and to pass the VT pesticide certification license exam.

*The Core exam will be given after this training in the afternoon from 2-4pm.

(No category exams will be given but can be scheduled with VAA for a later


*Coffee and pastries provided. Lunch on your own.


This meeting is for anyone wishing a Vermont Pesticide Applicator license:

Nursery employees, landscapers, school custodial staff, farmers, garden center employees, pest control operators, government or municipal employees, university employees, etc.

Pesticide Applicators

This program will provide two Vermont recertification credits.


Topics will be presented by members of UVM Extension and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.

Study Materials

It is necessary to study the Core manual BEFORE the review to have all the knowledge necessary to pass the exam. Core manuals ($41) and required inserts must be obtained in advance from http://agriculture.vermont.gov/pesticide_regulation/applicator_dealer_resources.


Registration fee is $30.

After April 1st, Late Registration is $40.

Space is limited so register early!



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Register ONLINE for BURLINGTON at:


To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Sarah Kingsley-Richards at (802) 656-0475 by March 21, 2017 so we may assist you.


Please contact Sarah Kingsley-Richards at (802) 656-0475 or sarah.kingsley@uvm.edu with questions or visit http://pss.uvm.edu/pesp/ for more information.

"This institution is an equal opportunity provider" Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture. University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status

Details on March 9 NY-VT Winter Grape School

Posted: February 13th, 2017 by fruit

2017 Northeastern NY and VT Grape School

Register here: https://enych.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=632

Come and join Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program and the University of Vermont Grape Program, Dept. of Plant and Soil Science for the 2017 Northeastern NY and VT Grape School!

For questions about the program contact Anna Wallis 518-410-6823 or email aew232

8:00 AM Registration & DEC Credit Sign In

8:30 AM Welcome & Introductions
Anna Wallis, Fruit Specialist, CCE ENYCHP
Dr. Terence Bradshaw, Fruit Specialist, UVM
Lindsey Pashow, Agr Business Development and Marketing, Harvest New York

8:40 AM Eastern NY Grape Industry Summary
Elizabeth Higgins, Business Management Specialist, CCE ENYCHP

9:00 AM Weed and Floor Management for New and Existing Vineyards
Tim Martinson, Viticulture Specialist, CCE

9:30 AM Crop Insurance Update
Elizabeth Higgins, Business Management Specialist, CCE ENYCHP

9:50 AM Break

10:15 AM Vineyard Disease Management for Cold Climate Grapes
Ann Hazelrigg, University of Vermont

10:45 AM A Minimal Spray Program for Cold Climate Grapes
Dr. Terence Bradshaw, Fruit Specialist, UVM

11:15 AM Resistance Management
Laura McDermott, Fruit Specialist, CCE ENYCHP

11:45 AM NY Grape and Wine Association Update
Sam Filler, President, NY Grape and Wine Association

12:00 Noon Lunch

1:00 PM Wine Faults Workshop
Dr. Anna Katharine Mansfield, Cornell University
Chris Gerling, CCE Geneva

5:00 PM END

February Northern Grapes Webinar

Posted: February 7th, 2017 by fruit

Dear Northern Grapes Project Webinar participants:

The Northern Grapes Project Webinar Series:

A recording of the January 2017 Webinar “Integrated Disease Management Based on Cultivar Susceptibility and Fungicide Sensitivity” is now available online. Please visit this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sTFsUcylDw&feature=youtu.be

Be sure to follow our Facebook page Northern Grapes Project for updates and announcements. We encourage feedback on current webinars and requests for future topics through Facebook.

Announcing the February Webinar:

“Tales from the NE1020 Coordinated Variety Trials”

Tim Martinson
Cornell University

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

12:00 Noon Eastern (11:00 am Central)

7:00 pm Eastern (6:00 pm Central)

With Tim Martinson, and NGP team members with variety trials in their state.

Confirmed participants (as of February 7th): Harlene Hatterman-Valenti (ND), Diana Cochran (IA), Terence Bradshaw (VT), Sonia Schloemann (MA), Anne Fennell (SD)

Since 2012, yield, fruit composition, and vine performance has been evaluated at experimental vineyards in ND, SD, NE, IA (2), MI (2), NY(2), VT, CT, and MA, as part of the “NE1020 Coordinated Variety Trial” multistate project. We chose to focus on Frontenac, with four to five years of field data at each site providing a window on how the climate and site characteristics influenced vine performance. Several challenges – including the 2014 polar vortex, and late spring frost (2015) – occurred at different locations, which illustrates some of the risks growers face. In the first half hour, Tim Martinson will summarize overall data trends. Then we will open it up to other project team members for informal questions and descriptions about trial results at their sites.

If you have received this email from someone other than Alex Koeberle, you need to register via the link below:


Registering for one Northern Grapes Webinar will place you on the mailing list, and you will receive announcements and connection instruction for all further Northern Grapes Webinars.

Registration will close at 12pm (Eastern) on Friday, February 10th.

Registration is NOT required if you received this email directly from Alex Koeberle, as it means that you are a member of the Northern Grapes Webinar mailing list.

All members of the Northern Grapes Webinar mailing list will receive an email the Monday before the webinar containing the web address (URL) for both webinar sessions as well as connection instructions.

Feel free to email Alex Koeberle (alk239) with any questions, if you want to check your registration status, or if you’d like to be removed from the Northern Grapes Webinar mailing list. Please DO NOT respond to the Northern Grapes listserve.

The Northern Grapes Project is online and on Facebook!

The Northern Grapes Project was funded by the USDA’s Specialty Crops Research Initiative Program of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, Project #2011-51181-30850 and through the New York State Specialty Crops Block Program.

We thank the following organizations and businesses for their support of the Northern Grapes Webinar Series:

Grower Associations Sponsors

Iowa Wine Growers Association

Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association

North Dakota Grape and Wine Association

Eastern Winery Exhibition

Colorado Wine Industry Development Board

Michigan Wine Industry Council

Connecticut Vineyard and Winery Association

Wisconsin Grape Growers Association

South Dakota State University Grape Program

Southern Minnesota Wine Grower Alliance

Industry Gold Sponsors

Double A Vineyards

Agro K

Bevens Creek Vineyard & Nursery

Industry Silver Sponsors

Scott Labs

Dr. Kevin Folta at University of Vermont February 17

Posted: February 4th, 2017 by fruit

Dr. Kevin Folta, Chair and Professor in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Florida will present a seminar on Friday, Feb. 17 from 3:30-4:30 titled, “Communicating Science with the Public- A Focus on Genetic Engineering“. The lecture will be given in the University of Vermont Aiken Center Room 102 and is free and open to the public. Co-Sponsored By: UVM Departments of Plant & Soil Science, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Nutrition & Food Science, and Animal & Veterinary Science; Food Systems and Cellular, Molecular, & Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs; and Apple and Grape Research and Outreach Program.

Dr. Folta has received numerous awards for his scientific and public outreach program including the 2016 Borlaug CAST Communication Award for outstanding achievement by a scientist, engineer, technologist, or other professional working in the agricultural, environmental, or food sectors for contributing to the advancement of science in the public policy arena. Information on Dr. Folta’s outreach program may be found at: www.talkingbiotech.com.

For more information, please contact Dr. Terence Bradshaw at:  (terence.bradshaw@uvm.edu).

Directions to parking and Aiken Center


New England 2016 Grape Survey

Posted: January 21st, 2017 by fruit

I urge all grape producers, regardless of size, to complete this important survey. It has been difficult to put an appropriate vale on the grape industry in Vermont and New England, and now that they are counting, the industry needs to participate. The grape industry is likely worth a bit more than $4.2 million region-wide, but we can’t tell unless growers report. I am forwarding the following message from the regional National Agricultural Statistics Service Office. -TB

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, New England Field Office is about to conduct the 2016 New England Grape Production and Value Survey. Last year the survey results indicated the value of New England grown grapes sold in 2014 to be $4.2 million. We were able to publish some State estimates but limited response for some States didn’t allow us to do so. The results were published in the 2015 New England End of Season Fruit and Vegetable Yield and Price Report, https://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/New_England_includes/Publications/Current_News_Release/2016/eos2016.pdf.

I’m asking for your help to encourage grape producers to respond. We will mailed the questionnaires this week and will be phoning those that do not respond around mid-February.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Gary R. Keough, State Statistician

U.S. Department of Agriculture | National Agricultural Statistics Service

Field Operations | New England Field Office

53 Pleasant St. Room 3450

Concord, NH 03301

T: 603-227-3129 | F: 603-225-1434 | M: 603-568-6535

Gary_Keough@nass.usda.gov | www.nass.usda.gov

New England 2016 Grape Production and Processing Survey Press Release.pdf

2017 UVM Apple Program IPM survey

Posted: January 17th, 2017 by fruit


We are conducting an anonymous survey to evaluate past and present Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and other programming in support of apple producers in Vermont and the surrounding region and to guide future research and outreach programming. A comprehensive survey of IPM adoption on Vermont orchards was last conducted in 2012. You may answer none, any, or all questions in the survey, but complete surveys will generate more meaningful results. Appropriate respondents include anyone in Vermont or the surrounding region who grows apple commercially, including small, organic, and cider apple growers as well as traditional retail and wholesale apple growers.

Survey results will be reported to administrators, grant providers, and the academic community to quantify impacts and justify continued support for this work on behalf of Vermont farmers. Your participation in completing this survey is much appreciated. The survey will be open until January 27. It should take 15-20 minutes to complete.


Thank you in advance.

Terry Bradshaw

Webinar Series on Crop Pollination

Posted: January 12th, 2017 by fruit

Experts to present webinar series on crop pollination

The majority of U.S. specialty crop growers depend on bees for pollination of their crops. Growers know that without adequate pollination, they would not be profitable. But what are the best pollination strategies for fruit, vegetable, and nut crops? What farm management practices can growers use to support bees and the crop pollination they provide? Experts in crop pollination working under the Integrated Crop Pollination Project will present on these topics and will report on their recent research in this project as part of a webinar series titled: Ensuring crop pollination in US specialty crops. The webinar series will examine the role of wild bees, honey bees and other managed bees in supporting crop pollination and yield in almond, blueberry, tree fruit, pumpkin, and watermelon.

These webinars will all be 45-60 minutes long, with time for questions and discussion with the presenter afterwards. Registered attendees will receive a link to the slides and a recording afterwards.

The register, click on the link for each webinar that you are interested in attending.

· January 24, 2017, 2pm EST: Ensuring almond pollination (Theresa Pitts-Singer, USDA-ARS and Utah State University)

· January 31, 2017, 2pm EST: Pollinating highbush blueberries: bees bring bigger berries (Rufus Isaacs, Michigan State University)

· February 14, 2017, 2pm EST: Pollinating apples and cherries east of the Rockies (Julianna Wilson, Michigan State University)

· February 28, 2017 2pm EST: On-farm pollinator benefits for watermelon pollination (Neal Williams, University of California, Davis)

· March 21, 2017, 2pm EST: Ensuring pumpkin pollination (Shelby Fleischer, Pennsylvania State University)

· March 28, 2017, 2pm EST: How to manage solitary orchard bees for crop pollination (Theresa Pitts-Singer, USDA-ARS and Utah State University)

The webinar series will be hosted by icpbees. Certified Crop Advisor CEU credits applied for. Funding for the webinar series is provided by the Integrated Crop Pollination Project, a USDA-NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative Grant (#2012-51181-20105).

2017 Bee Health Webinar Series_POLLINATION.pdf

Clarification re: Apple acreage reporting deadline, Jan 15.

Posted: January 9th, 2017 by fruit

This is a clarification of the message sent to the group on January 5, from Jake Jacobs, UVM Crop Insurance Education Coordinator:

Producers who participate in crop insurance or other USDA-supported programs are required to file yearly acreage reports with FSA and/or RMA as applicable. Those that participate with FSA programs and are insured through crop insurance can report with either RMA (your crop insurance agent) or FSA. However, those who do not participate with FSA would only file with crop insurance. The filing deadline is January 5.

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