January 14, 2016
If you are on our physical UVM Apple Grower mailing list, expect to soon receive registration information for the 120th Annual UVM Apple Program and VT Tree Fruit Growers Association Annual Meeting to be held at the American Legion in Middlebury, VT on February 18, 2016. This is typically the only hard copy mailing we send out each year, so if you don’t receive one, you are not on our list, but you’re not likely missing much information.
There are a few changes with the program as mailed, and with registration in general this year. The attached program includes an additional presentation by Dominique Golliot from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets on changes in the Federal Worker Protection Standard and how they will impact your farm.
The main change in registration this year is that it will be handled by VTFGA instead of UVM as in previous years. Please that the registration form and payment should be mailed to VTFGA Treasurer Ginny Brees at the address at the bottom of the form. Another change is in the fee structure for VTFGA membership. Collection of ‘base operating dues’ from orchards to cover VTFGA expenses including membership in US Apple Association has lagged behind projections. Therefore, US Apple membership contributions have been broken out into a separate line, and VTFGA encourages participating orchards to cover their share of state dues. VTFGA membership dues have been simplified to an acreage-based assessment. If you have questions about VTFGA membership, please contact Executive Director Steve Justis at: steve.justis.
Thanks and I hope to see you in Middlebury on February 18.