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Your NEWA blog post: Apple Tools made Easier to Use

Posted: March 27th, 2018 by fruit

This update on new tools to improve the functionality of NEWA for Apple IPM is available on the Your NEWA blog. Please sign up there directly to receive alerts as they are posted. -TB

Your NEWA blog

Apple Tools made Easier to Use

NEWA now (1) will save your apple biofix dates, (2) has a button to click out of apple biofix dates that are too early, and (3) provides Read more…

by jec3@cornell.edu on March 27, 2018

Apple Talk conference call

Posted: March 19th, 2018 by fruit

By Terence Bradshaw

I hope everyone’s ‘second winter’ is going well. While we’ve had some pretty good cold snaps this week, I don’t expect that the warm spell in February significantly reduced apple bud hardiness. Time will tell, however, if I’m right, but keep up with your pruning because spring will be here before we know it.

I am posting a link to a program sponsored by IPM Institute of North America and University of Wisconsin Eco-Fruit Project, “Apple Talk”: https://ipminstitute.org/projects/specialty-crop-grower-services/appletalk/. The IPM Institute operates on a subscription system, and Apple Talk registration is $150 for the year. This weekly conference call covers numerous aspects of apple pest and crop management in an interactive environment. I was a subscriber and occasional contributor about ten years ago and the quality of material was very good. I recommend it as a means to get a sense of what other growers are facing during the growing season. However, keep in mind that the program is based in the upper Midwest, and conditions there may not always translate to those in our region.

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.

Upcoming Grape Webinar

Posted: March 15th, 2018 by fruit

The 2nd in our series of 4 fruit webinars is next Tuesday, March 20 at 12:15 noon. This one is on grapes and is titled “Strategies for canopy management for optimal juice quality”, with Dr. Elsa Petit of UMass.

The registration link for the webinars is http://s.uconn.edu/44y

Have a great day. Spring begins in 6 days!!!

Mary

Mary Concklin

Visiting Associate Extension Educator – Fruit Production and IPM

Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture

1376 Storrs Road, U-4067

University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT 06269-4067

Telephone: (860) 486-6449

Email: mary.concklin

www.ipm.uconn.edu

Funded in part by USDA-NIFA

Produce Safety Training in St Johnsbury April 11

Posted: March 15th, 2018 by fruit

By Terence Bradshaw

Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course

Hosted by University of Vermont Extension & Vermont Agency of Agriculture

Date: April 11, 2018

Time: 7:30 AM–5:00 PM

Location:

The Summer Room at Springfield College St. Johnsbury
347 Emerson Falls Rd, St Johnsbury, VT 05819

Registration Link: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=2251020

Who Should Attend

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety.

Benefits of Attending

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 (21 C.F.R. §112.22(c)).

Click here to determine whether your farm may be covered by the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.

Growers that wish to participate in an On-Farm Readiness Review conducted by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and University of Vermont Extension should complete a this training prior to scheduling an OFRR. (An On-Farm Readiness Review is a voluntary, non-regulatory assessment to help farms prepare for PSR compliance.)

Cost to Attend

$20 Registration fee includes coffee, tea, and other beverages, lunch, and snacks; PSA Grower Training Manual ($60 value); and Certificate of Course Attendance from AFDO ($35 value).

After attending the entire course, participants will receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course

The trainers will cover the content contained in these seven modules:

§ Introduction to Produce Safety

§ Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training

§ Soil Amendments

§ Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use

§ Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)

§ Postharvest Handling and Sanitation

§ How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

Additional Information

This course will be delivered entirely in English, and participants must easily understand English to complete the course. Participants will receive an English-language PSA Grower Training manual.

For more information about scheduled PSA Grower Training Courses, please visit the PSA website at http://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu.

Please note that smoking is prohibited on the Springfield College St. Johnsbury Campus, including the building, entrances, parking lots and grounds.

In addition, the campus is a fragrance-free environment. Please respect the health of others by refraining from using scented lotions, shampoos, hair spray, perfumes and colognes.

Please note that we will not be accepting cash or check payments for this training. Registration fees will only be accepted by credit card using the RegOnline link above.

UVM Extension helps individuals and communities put research-based knowledge to work. 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, Burlington, Vermont. 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.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Rachel Schattman at 802-651-8343 ext 509 by March 21, 2018 so we may assist you.

For questions about this course, please contact: Rachel Schattman, rschattm, 802-651-8343 extension 509

Funding acknowledgement

Funding for this event was made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant PAR-16-137. The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government.

Funding for NECAFS was made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant 1R01FD005686, views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government.

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.

PSA_GrowerTrainingCourse180411.pdf

National Survey: Help Researchers Understand Farming Practices

Posted: March 13th, 2018 by fruit

Also, new farming videos (Spanish) and local food website

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Throughout the United States, farmers are using innovative approaches to sustainably produce crops and improve soil health.

However, farmers are also faced with numerous challenges, and they are often not included in decision-making that affects the way they farm.

Cornell University, University of California-Berkeley, and The Nature Conservancy are conducting a nationwide survey for all fruit, vegetable, grain, and field crop producers to identify the biggest challenges that farmers face, as well as the best solutions.

Our goal is to understand what the most important factors are for farm owners and managers when deciding whether or not to use certain practices related to soil, crop, and pest management.

Key findings from the survey will be published and communicated to grower organizations and other farmer advocates so that recommendations, actions, and outcomes reflect what growers identify as being most helpful for their operation.

Click here to fill out the survey

All responses will remain anonymous. If you choose to enter your e-mail address at the end of the short survey, you will receive a summary report of the findings and you will be eligible for a chance to win $500. The survey closes on March 16th.

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New! Labor Ready Farmer Videos

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Four new Labor Ready Farmer videos share the advice of individuals who have climbed the ladder on farms in New York from laborer to management or owner. Los videos son en español con subtítulos en inglés. For those interested in following a similar path, the Labor Ready Farmer (LRF) project is developing materials to cultivate a stronger workforce in the fruit and vegetable industry, and build human resource capacity of new farm managers or owners. Roundtable discussions will be taking place mid-March to gather feedback from Latino agricultural employees, which will influence program development. Visit the Labor Ready Farmer website to review available resources.

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New! Local and Regional Food System Website

c4933909-722f-460e-b202-d619e9b9d8e4.jpgLocal and Regional Food Systems at Cornell recently launched a new, dynamic website to better demonstrate, strengthen, and build the network around local & regional food systems in New York State. Learn about the network of people, projects, resources, and locations of their work , connect with others who are working on food system issues;participate in events or online forums;share info on your Cornell or CCE based programs in LRFS; and explore CU/CCE expertise across various areas of local food systems work. Nominate someone, including yourself, for a spotlight interview. Or, upload your own here! http://localfood.cornell.edu/

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New winegrape cultivar evaluation publication and continued new research from UVM Fruit Team.

Posted: March 9th, 2018 by fruit

Last week our paper on a long-term evaluation of winegrape cultivars suitable for production in Vermont was recently published in the European Journal of Horticultural Science: https://www.pubhort.org/ejhs/83/1/6/index.htm. That research was conducted over eight years and was part of the larger NE-1020 Multistate Evaluation of Winegrape Cultivars and Clones and USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative (#2011-51181-30850) Northern Grapes Project. Research support was also provided from Vermont Agriculture Experiment Station.

Prior to the turn of the 21st century, the Vermont winegrape industry was essentially non-existent. The development and release of cold-hardy grape cultivars with juice characteristics suitable for quality winemaking has allowed for the development of a multi-million dollar industry in Vermont and other northern regions with cold climates. However, selection of cultivars suited to the climate, soil, and wine market conditions in this region will likely take decades. Because new vineyards may cost $20,000 per acre to plant, full production is not attained for four years, and evaluation into of fruit quality and crop yield may take another five years, independent field-based cultivar evaluation is critical to ensure that farmers make the best choices when establishing their vineyards.

Following up on that research, last fall our lab received a three-year Vermont Specialty Crops Block Grant to evaluate the next generation of promising grape cultivars through the 2020 growing season. We will have our first harvests from that project this year. We look forward to sharing that information with winegrape producers and Vermont wine enthusiasts as it develops.

Bradshaw, T.L., Kingsley-Richards, S.L., Foster, J. and Berkett, L.P. (2018). Horticultural performance and juice quality of cold-climate grapes in Vermont, USA. Eur.J.Hortic.Sci. 83(1), 42-48. DOI: 10.17660/eJHS.2018/83.1.6 https://doi.org/10.17660/eJHS.2018/83.1.6

Apple Insurance Listening Session for New England Orchardists

Posted: March 7th, 2018 by fruit

Combined message from George Hamilton (UNH Extension) and Cornell Cooperative Extension:

Risk Management Agency has contracted a private company to make changes to the USDA Apple policy (Apple Crop Insurance Policy). This policy has worked very well for our growers. The fresh fruit quality option component of the policy alone has been an enormous benefit for New England growers.

After reviewing the number of policies in this region, the private company has decided to conduct an Apple Insurance Listening Session for New England Orchardists. It is important that apple orchardists attend this session to express the importance of the fresh fruit quality option component of the policy and the importance of the Apple Crop Insurance Policy to orchardists in New England. We invite you to attend and help in getting orchardists to this listening session.

Friday March 30, 2018

Hillsborough County

New Hampshire

UNH Cooperative Extension – Hillsborough County
329 Mast Road
Goffstown, NH 03045

Tel: 603-641-6060

Time: 10:00 am -12:00 pm

Other meetings in New York include:

Wednesday March 21

Monroe County

Irondequoit Public Library

1290 Titus Ave.

Rochester, NY 14617

Tel: 585-336-6060

Time: 1:30 -3.30 pm

Friday March 23

Ulster County

Hudson Valley Research Lab

3357 US Hwy 9W

Highland, NY 12528

Tel: 845-691-7151

Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am

If anyone would like an individual meeting, Agralytica staff will be available at the above locations. To arrange a time, contact Tom Earley by cell at 703-981-6004 or by email at tearley. Alternatively, anyone who cannot attend can submit e-mailed comments. Please us “Apple policy” as your subject line.

This is an opportunity for orchardists to communicate concerns and possible improvements for consideration in the development of future apple crop insurance policy.

Announcement of Apple Insurance Listening Sessions – New England.docx

2018 Initial Pesticide Applicators’ Certification Meeting

Posted: February 20th, 2018 by fruit

2018 Initial Pesticide Applicators’ Certification Meeting

White River Junction

April 25, 2018

VFW Post 2571, 97 South Main Street

~ or ~

Burlington, VT

April 26, 2018

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 Risk Management Agency

Notes for 2018

*Two site options are 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 CORE manual that is necessary to understand and to pass the CORE 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 date.) *Coffee and pastries provided. Lunch on your own.

Audience

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

landscapers, nursery employees, school custodial staff, farmers, agricultural employers (WPS compliance), garden center employees, pest control operators, government or municipal employees, university employees, etc.

Pesticide Applicators

This program will provide FOUR Vermont recertification credits.

Speakers

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

Registration fee is $30.

After April 11, Late Registration is $40.

Space is limited so register early!

Register ONLINE for WHITE RIVER JCT at:

https://www.regonline.com/2018initialcertwhiteriverjct

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Register ONLINE for BURLINGTON at:

https://www.regonline.com/2018initialcertburlington

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Sarah Kingsley-Richards at (802) 656-0475 by April 4, 2017 so we may assist you.

Questions?

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

This material is funded in partnership with USDA, Risk Management Agency, under award number RM17RMETS524005. Any reference to commercial products, trade names, or brand names is for information only, and no endorsement or approval is intended.

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.

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Available loans and grants for VT farmers

Posted: February 1st, 2018 by fruit

By Terence Bradshaw

Below is a list of available programs for Vermont farmers:

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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 producers.

They offer Business Builder loans from $5,000-30,000 at 3% interest.

The VFF is a nonprofit true revolving loan fund: as the community of recipients pays back their loans, funds are replenished for the next cycle of borrowers.

In 2017 the VFF made 15 loans, for projects ranging from egg washing equipment, building a new sugarhouse, purchasing fruit dehydrating equipment, buying a blast freezer for flash freezing artisan ice cream, installing herb processing equipment, building a coverall goat barn, and building a small office cabin on the farm.

If you have an idea for a project that helps to grow your food and farm-based business, but need to finance your project, please call 802-560-3099 or visit www.vermontfarmfund.org.

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Produce Safety Rule Compliance Deadline and
High Demand Prompts Second Round of Improvement Grants

Montpelier, VT – January 26, 2018 marks the first major compliance date for farms covered by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Farms that grow, harvest, pack, or hold produce with greater than $500,000 in annual produce sales must be in compliance with the rule’s standards for on-farm produce safety practices beginning Friday.

To assist growers in making on-farm improvements that prevent or reduce produce safety risks, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) launched the Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grant Program, which recently awarded eight grants of between $7,000 and $10,000 to Vermont growers to make on-farm food safety improvements. Growers will have another opportunity to apply for Produce Safety Improvement Grants beginning February 28, 2018 at 9:00 AM.

Vermont produce growers have shown a strong demand for support to grow produce safely, efficiently, and economically. The Agency accepted applications for the first round of the Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grant Program on Wednesday, November 15, and within several hours, applications exceeded the total available funds. “It was remarkable how timely applications were submitted. We’ve seen just a glimpse of how much funding demand there is for produce farms working to implement produce safety practices on their farm,” said Vermont Agriculture Secretary, Anson Tebbetts.

Growers interested in applying for the second round of grants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible on February 28, as the Agency expects a similarly strong demand for funding. Projects granted in the first round include produce safety upgrades to wash and pack areas, employee handwashing stations, health and hygiene signage, and improvements to produce cold storage and temperature controls, with awards totaling $74,029.

Approximately $74,000 in funding will be available in the second round of the grant, and again, funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants. Applicants must grow, harvest, pack, or hold “covered produce” as defined by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule and have average annual produce sales of greater than $25,000. To prepare to apply for grants in the second round, applicants should—

VAAFM’s Produce Program looks forward to reviewing second round applications and remains committed to assisting produce growers with making produce safety improvements and upgrades to their farm operation focused on food safety and improving the sustainability of their businesses.

Questions related to the Produce Safety Improvement Grants or the FSMA Produce Safety Rule should be directed to AGR.FSMA.

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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.

the Northern Grapes webinar series is back!

Posted: February 1st, 2018 by fruit

February 1, 2018

The Northern Grapes Webinar Series returns this February with a series of four webinars – scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month.

This year’s schedule will include :

· February 13. Description of a new publication and spreadsheet, Winery Establishment Considerations and Costs, by Lindsey Pashow, Ag Business Development & Marketing Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Harvest New York program. Click here to register!

· March 13. Trunk and cordon renewal practices, particularly in response to winter injury, by Thomas Todaro and Paolo Sabbatini of Michigan State University.

· April 10. Using the NEWA weather and pest models in implementing a Vineyard IPM strategy, by Tim Weigle and Dan Olmstead, NYS IPM program, Cornelll University.

· May 8. Methods for determining SO2 levels in the winery, by Demi Perry, Cornell Enology Extension Laboratory.

You are invited to join us via ZOOM, our new web conferencing software that is even easier to use than the WebEx platform for previous Northern Grapes Webinars. Please note that you will have to register for each webinar individually – we will send out a registration link a few weeks prior to each event. I hope you find the information presented in this series informative and useful.

Tim Martinson, Ph. D.

Sr Extension Associate

Cornell University

For questions, or to unsubscribe from the Northern Grapes Project, please email Raquel: rfk58

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