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Upcoming educational meetings for current and prospective grape producers

Posted: December 8th, 2017 by fruit

Two important and useful meetings for grape growers are coming up in January in New Hampshire and Maine. They are on consecutive days, so consider making a trip of it and attending both:

1. Effective Disease Management in Northeastern Vineyards

Wednesday January 10, 2018 – 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Flag Hill Winery – 297 North River Road, Lee NH 03961

Sponsored by: UNH Extension and the New Hampshire Winery Association

The flier is available here:

https://extension.unh.edu/events/files/BF4C947F-5056-A432-4F12A40A7CD78D06.pdf

And the events listing here:

https://extension.unh.edu/events/index.cfm?e=app.event&event_id=43958

2. An Introduction to Growing Grapes in Maine

Thursday January 11, 2018 – 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Arnold/Howard Rooms, Augusta Civic Center

76 Community Drive, Augusta, Maine 04330

Sponsored by: University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Pomological Society

More information here: https://extension.umaine.edu/highmoor/blog/2017/12/01/umaine-cooperative-extension-viticulture-workshop-january-11-2018/

I hope to see some of you there.

-Terry

Feb 15: UVM / VT Tree Fruit Growers Assn Winter Meeting

Posted: November 18th, 2017 by fruit

By Terence Bradshaw

Please save the date for the 122nd UVM Apple Program & Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association Annual Meeting and Conference to be held at the American Legion Hall in Middlebury, VT. The main focus for this year’s meeting will be on insect management, including: developing efficient and effective scouting programs; pollinator protection, preservation, and enhancement; new and emerging insect pests to watch for; and other important topics such as how implementation of new federal food safety rules will affect your farm.

I hope to see everyone there on Thursday, February 15. More details to come.

-TB

Where trade names or commercial products are used for identification,

no discrimination is intended and no endorsement is implied.

Always read the label before using any pesticide.

The label is the legal document for the product use.

Disregard any information in this message if it is in conflict with the

label.

The UVM Tree Fruit and Viticulture Program is supported by the

University of Vermont Agriculture Experiment Station, a USDA NIFA E-IPM

Grant, and USDA Risk Management Agency Funds.

recruiting farmers- regulations research study

Posted: November 14th, 2017 by fruit

Growers: Meredith is a professor in Nutrition & Food Science who specializes in Food & Ag Policy

Farmers face regulation on a variety of topics. How do these regulations impact agriculture? How long does it take to comply and what does it cost? Are there strategies that could simply regulatory frameworks? Are there ways to make compliance more efficient? Researchers at UVM want to hear from Vermont farmers about how much time and what kind of actions are required to comply with different regulations. This information may identify pathways for regulation changes and gives farmers a voice in expressing how regulations affect their farm. If you are interesting in sharing your perspective, please contact Dr. Meredith Niles at 802-656-4337 or mtniles to schedule an interview. She will travel to your farm for convenience. All individual information will remain anonymous in the reporting of results. Farmers will be compensated with $50 for their time. Interviews will begin in November 2017 and take place through the Winter of 2017.

Meredith T. Niles, PhD

Assistant Professor

Food Systems Program

Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences

350 Carrigan Wing, Marsh Life Sciences Building

University of Vermont

mtniles

Office: 802-656-4337

www.meredithtniles.com

Wine Distribution and Vermont Restaurants- Webinar 11/15

Posted: November 14th, 2017 by fruit

By Terence Bradshaw

Wine Distribution and Vermont Restaurants

A Virtual Workshop

Wednesday, November 15th

8:30 am – 9:30 am

An introduction to wine distribution and restaurant sales in Vermont. We will discuss:

*How to evaluate using a distributor vs. self distribution
*How to research distributors and determine which to approach

*The basics of how to approach a distributor, including information you need to have prepared beforehand.

Plus opportunities for Q&A.

Our speakers come from Farrell Distributing, but will be speaking about Vermont distribution options more broadly. Speakers are: Ryan Chaffin, Dawn Rowlee, Don MacDonald, Stuart Timmons.

Materials, including a webinar recording, will be posted at http://vermontfresh.net/programs/vermont-wine-project/ after the workshop. No pre-registration required.

Instructions for Connecting:

Use This Link: https://zoom.us/j/790877195

This meeting is set up to use your computer audio and video (you can choose to turn both your camera and microphone off when you join, but they are enabled by default to facilitate the Q&A period).

For some browsers this link will ask you to click on a ZoomUs app to run the meeting. If this happens and you don’t want to do that (it really is just one or two clicks) Zoom recommends trying a different browser.

If you have trouble connecting contact helen or call 802-434-2000.

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Don’t forget to sign up for December 1st – a session on sensory profiling and peer-to-peer evaluation systems for wine makers, details & registration are here.

Federal crop insurance deadlines

Posted: November 6th, 2017 by fruit

From: Jake Jacobs
To: Terence Bradshaw
Subject: RE: Crop insurance deadlines?

Hi Terry,

You are correct – sales closing date for crop insurance for apples and peaches is November 20.

I am waiting for reply on an updated Vermont fact sheet for apple growers. In the meantime, there’s info available from RMA. I have attached the RMA fact sheets for 2018 apple and peach crops and also Whole Farm Revenue Protection program (WFRP). WFRP can cover a single commodity but offers some advantages for growers who have multiple commodities, up to a max of $8.5 million in revenue. Apparently quite a few apple growers in Washington state and the northwest are taking advantage of this program, some even going so far as splitting larger orchards into small enough tracts to be able to qualify to participate.

Jake

Fact Sheet.RMA 2018 apples.pdf
Fact Sheet.RMA 2018 peaches.pdf
Fact Sheet.WFRP.Aug2017.pdf

recruiting farmers- regulations research study

Posted: November 1st, 2017 by fruit

Farmers face regulation on a variety of topics. How do these regulations impact agriculture? How long does it take to comply and what does it cost? Are there strategies that could simply regulatory frameworks? Are there ways to make compliance more efficient? Researchers at UVM want to hear from Vermont farmers about how much time and what kind of actions are required to comply with different regulations. This information may identify pathways for regulation changes and gives farmers a voice in expressing how regulations affect their farm. If you are interesting in sharing your perspective, please contact Dr. Meredith Niles at 802-656-4337 or mtniles to schedule an interview. She will travel to your farm for convenience. All individual information will remain anonymous in the reporting of results. Farmers will be compensated with $50 for their time. Interviews will begin in November 2017 and take place through the Winter of 2017.

Meredith T. Niles, PhD

Assistant Professor

Food Systems Program

Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences

350 Carrigan Wing, Marsh Life Sciences Building

University of Vermont

mtniles

Office: 802-656-4337

www.meredithtniles.com

Farmer Recruitment_Policy Stacking.pdf

Final mention for now: A succinct guide to FSMA compliance for small farms

Posted: October 26th, 2017 by fruit

By Terence Bradshaw

Only when describing a new Federal initiative can we say the a 35-page guide is succinct, but this is an excellent resource that should answer many questions about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act and how it applies to your farm:

http://go.uvm.edu/fsmashortguide

-Terry

Where trade names or commercial products are used for identification,

no discrimination is intended and no endorsement is implied.

Always read the label before using any pesticide.

The label is the legal document for the product use.

Disregard any information in this message if it is in conflict with the

label.

The UVM Tree Fruit and Viticulture Program is supported by the

University of Vermont Agriculture Experiment Station, a USDA NIFA E-IPM

Grant, and USDA Risk Management Agency Funds.

Registration Open- New England Fruit & Vegetable Meetings December 12-14

Posted: October 26th, 2017 by fruit

By Terence Bradshaw

Online registration is now open for the 2017 New England Fruit and Vegetable Meetings in Manchester, NH, to be held December 12-14. As usual, there will be sessions for growers of all scales, scopes, and specialty crops, including two sessions each for apples and grapes, a stone fruit session, a cider and cider apple session moderated by me, and numerous other vegetable and general farm management topics. This is one of my favorite meetings of the year, and I look forward to seeing many familiar faces there.

Registration information may be found at: https://newenglandvfc.org/registration

Hotel information: https://newenglandvfc.org/accommodations

See you in December,

Terry

Where trade names or commercial products are used for identification,

no discrimination is intended and no endorsement is implied.

Always read the label before using any pesticide.

The label is the legal document for the product use.

Disregard any information in this message if it is in conflict with the

label.

The UVM Tree Fruit and Viticulture Program is supported by the

University of Vermont Agriculture Experiment Station, a USDA NIFA E-IPM

Grant, and USDA Risk Management Agency Funds.

Food safety meeting November 7 & 8

Posted: October 26th, 2017 by fruit

By Terence Bradshaw

I have received a number of questions regarding the November 7&8 Food Safety Training hosted by UVM Extension that I mentioned in a post this week. Below I summarize some quick answers from myself and UVM Extension’s Hans Estrin to the more common ones:

1. Will this training be offered again?

This training is offered again and again across the country and world (see Produce Safety Alliance schedule). It is unlikely, however that Vermonters will ever find a course SO close and almost fully subsidized!

2. What farmers need to take this?

Farms covered under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) produce rule MUST take it. That means any farm that sells more than $25,000 annually in ‘covered produce’, which includes fresh produce. If you sell less than $25,000 in edible produce. Producers who sell between $25k and $500k may fall into a ‘qualified exemption’ category, but the producer must still comply with rules surrounding the exemption. A quick chart regarding exemptions is available here. It is recommended for any other produce grower, and especially growing farms or farm somewhere near the 500K cut –off or those with sales below that who utilize wholesale markets.

3. Will CAPS suffice (no, if you’re not exempted or qualified exempt)?

No. This refers to the UVM Extension / VT Vegetable and Berry Growers Association Community Education for Produce Safety program. CAPS and Produce Safety Alliance training are different things. CAPS is a comprehensive program and with a certificate. PSA grower training is an extended education (standardized) presentation with mandatory attendance for covered farms. SO….CAPS is a good foundation for FSMA compliance, but does NOT substitute for the official grower training.

Answers to many Frequently Asked Questions regarding FSMA may be found here.

I will offer a word of warning passed on from Hans: this is, unfortunately, going to be a fairly bureaucratic training that is required for many producers as this Federal law continues to be implemented. It may be difficult to sit through, but the trainers are doing their best to make the information as useful as possible to growers. -TB

Where trade names or commercial products are used for identification,

no discrimination is intended and no endorsement is implied.

Always read the label before using any pesticide.

The label is the legal document for the product use.

Disregard any information in this message if it is in conflict with the

label.

The UVM Tree Fruit and Viticulture Program is supported by the

University of Vermont Agriculture Experiment Station, a USDA NIFA E-IPM

Grant, and USDA Risk Management Agency Funds.

Important Information for Vermont Produce Growers

Posted: October 24th, 2017 by fruit

See below for important opportunities to help with implementation of food safety programs on your farm. As we proceed with implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, this stuff matters. -TB

Dear Vermont Produce Grower,

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) would like to share the following opportunities related to produce safety. Continue reading to learn about produce safety trainings, grants, and how to stay in the loop with timely produce safety news.

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course: Nov. 7-8

VAAFM and UVM Extension invite all produce growers to attend the PSA Grower Training held on November 7 and 8 in Richmond, VT. This hands-on training provides all you need to know about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule and how it impacts Vermont growers. $30 subsidized workshop fee includes training manual, meals, and Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) certificate—a $130 value. Click here to register. This training satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement for covered farms that “at least one supervisor or responsible party” completes “food safety training…recognized as adequate” by FDA (§112.22(c)).

Produce Safety Improvement Grant: Request for Proposals Available Now!

VAAFM is pleased to announce the first round of a two-round grant opportunity to improve on-farm produce safety! The Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grant program provides grants for on-farm improvements to reduce produce safety risks. Approximately $74,000 in funding will be available each round. Growers will be able to submit applications beginning November 15, 2017; however, VAAFM strongly encourages growers to read the request for proposals (RFP) and prepare their applications in advance, as funds will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To be eligible for the grant, applicants must grow, harvest, pack, or hold “covered produce” as defined by the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, and have average annual produce sales of greater than $25,000 over the past three years. Click here for the Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grant webpage.

Be in the know with Produce Safety News: Produce Portal Enrollment

The Vermont Produce Program Team encourages all Vermont produce growers to enroll for the Produce Portal to:

  1. Receive timely policy updates for produce safety requirements.
  2. Access grant funds for farm food safety improvements.
  3. Request an On-Farm Readiness Review (a voluntary assessment of a farm’s produce safety readiness prior to inspection).

Click here to enroll today!

Questions? Email AGR.FSMA or call (802) 828-2433.

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