Available loans and grants for VT farmers

By Terence Bradshaw Below is a list of available programs for Vermont farmers: ******** From: Kate Stephenson Planning Projects on Your Farm This Spring? Thinking about investing in new infrastructure or equipment to grow your business in 2018? The Vermont Farm Fund can help with no-hassle, low-interest loans to Vermont farmers and value added food […]

UVM Apple / VT Tree Fruit Growers Assn meeting Feb 15, Middlebury, VT

By Terence Bradshaw The 122nd Annual UVM Apple Program and Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association educational meeting will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the American Legion Hall, 49 Wilson Rd, in Middlebury, VT. The meeting focus this year is on insect management in Vermont orchards. Those include not only traditional pest insects […]

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

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, […]

Federal crop insurance deadlines

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Food safety meeting November 7 & 8

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 […]

NEWA upgrade survey

By Dan Olmstead PLEASE PARTICIPATE IN OUR ONLINE NEWA SURVEY – help us build our new website! 1 September 2017 The Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA) wants you to take our online survey — it’ll only take about 10 minutes of your time. Take the survey now: https://cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0GRlhOIDI5HwbR3 Whether you’ve used NEWA’s online […]

Getting ready for harvest in orchards and vineyards…

By Terence Bradshaw Mid-August is approaching, and that means that fruit are beginning the ripening process in Vermont orchards and vineyards. This is an important time to plan some final management practices before things get too busy. Foliar (apple) and petiole (grape) tissue sampling: Now is the time to collect plant tissue samples for nutrient […]

Orchard pest management, late July

By Terence Bradshaw Many growers, especially of pick-your-own or retail-sold fruit, are starting to think about wrapping up the pest management season for 2017. Before doing so, it is important to consider late-season insect and disease pests that could affect the crop going into harvest. Apple maggot numbers ticked up in a lot of orchards […]