Produce Safety Grower Training – March 2022

Registration is open now for a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training on March 8 and 9, 2022. The training will be delivered remotely via Zoom video conference by the University of Vermont Extension Produce Safety Team and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets Produce Program.

This food safety training is designed for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about on-farm food safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs).

Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training

  • Date: Tues, March 8 – Wed, March 9, 2022
  • Time: 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Cost: $20 (includes course materials and AFDO certificate)
  • Location: Remote delivery via Zoom video conference

Learn More & Registerby February 16, 2022

This training satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement for covered farms that "at least one supervisor or responsible party" complete "food safety training … recognized as adequate” by FDA (21 C.F.R. §112.22(c)).

Even if your farm is not covered under the Produce Safety Rule, this course canhelp your farm develop a strong food safety culture, a better farm food safety plan, and a more effective operation.

Contact Dana Ruppert at dana.ruppert or (802) 257-7967 ex. 302 for more information or to request a disability-related accommodation.


Ollie Cultrara (they/them)

Produce Program Outreach & Education Coordinator

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets | 94 Harvest Lane, Williston, VT 05495

Cell: (802) 461-5128 | ollie.cultrara

Grafting Workshop for Commercial Producers

Passing this on from our colleagues at University of New Hampshire. -TB

UNH Extension Grafting Workshop for Commercial Orchardists

Please consider attending our upcoming Grafting Workshop for Commercial Orchardists to be held on the afternoon of February 16th at Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Please note that space is limited and registration is required.

Commercial grafters from Virginia will be on site for detailed instruction, along with our host farm owner, Steve Wood. A major focus will be to understand the principles of effective grafting and practice the grafting cuts being taught, and participants will have access to instructors throughout the class for guidance.

Grafting new cultivars onto existing apple trees in the orchard offers many advantages. In this case, there is a larger initiative at play. Research has shown that select cultivars are particularly attractive to plum curculio (PC) and apple maggot fly (AMF). Grafted trees can serve as trap trees to hold PC and AMF, where they can be controlled, reducing the need for insecticide applications to the remainder of the orchard block. More information about this initiative will be shared at the workshop.

For full details and to register, please visit the event page here.

Jeremy DeLisle

Field Specialist – Food and Agriculture

Fruit and Vegetable Team

Merrimack County

315 Daniel Webster Highway
Boscawen, NH 03303

Phone: 603-255-3556 x 805

Farm Succession Planning webinar series starts January 26

Feel like your family needs to start talking about the future of the farm, but you don’t know where to start?
Have questions about passing on the farm?

Attend this FREE farm succession planning webinar series for transitioning farmers and junior generation farmers to learn the basics of succession planning, including how to get started, where to find advisors and additional resources, ask questions, and get support on this challenging process. All generations, including family and non-family members, who may play a role in the farm’s future are encouraged to attend. Four-part live webinar series meets virtually on Wednesdays at lunchtime from 11:00am – 1:00pm:

January 26 – Getting Started & Financial Considerations: Resources, Tips and Where to Get Assistance

February 2 – Legal Considerations: Business Entities, and Estate Planning

February 9 – Financial, Retirement & Tax Considerations: Taxes, Viability and Retirement

February 16 – Farmer Panel Successes & Challenges: Several farmers will share their experiences

“With sound succession planning with concrete action steps, it is more likely that the goals and desires of all the

generations involved can be met, and there is a greater likelihood that the farm will stay in farming,” explains Mike Ghia, Vermont Field Agent at Land For Good.

Instructors include Land For Good’s Mike Ghia, Vermont Field Agent, as well as guest attorney with expertise in succession planning, Jesse Richardson, Professor of Law, Lead Land Use Attorney, and guest financial specialist Nicholas Bullock, EA, Senior Farm Tax Specialist, Yankee Farm Credit. For more details or to register, go to

Registration gives you access to all the webinars in this series, as well as class worksheets and resource handouts. Webinar recordings will also be made available to watch at your convenience.

Register Now!

Priority for registration given to Vermont farmers. Farmers from across New England welcome to attend as space allows.

Funded with support from individual donors and the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board.

2022 CCE (New York) Tree Fruit Conference Registration

January 27-28, 2021


Cornell Cooperative Extension

2022 NYS Tree Fruit Conference

January 27-28, 2022


Get EARLY BIRD registration rates and save money when you register by January 20th!

Full Programs Both Days

4.0 hrs DEC recertification credits total – see schedule link below for exact times

After months of careful planning, the full program is set and “all systems are go” for our 2nd annual virtual conference. Presented by the CCE Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program and CCE-LOF.

Interested in sponsoring the conference? There are a few sponsor spots available at:

Full conference information is at the conference landing page at:

The full program can be found below and at:

Questions? Please contact Craig Kahlke at 585-735-5448 or cjk37.
Thank you to our Full Conference Sponsors!
Conference general questions? Contact Craig Kahlke at 585-735-5448 or cjk37

Day 1 – Thursday, January 27th, 2022

Session 1: Business Session I: Apple Industry Outlook and Regulatory Updates

7:45 AM Zoom Check-In

8:00 AM Welcome and Announcements – Craig Kahlke, CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program (5 min)

8:05 AM Session Introduction – Mark Wiltberger, CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program (5 min)

8:10 AM US Apple Outlook – Chris Gerlach, Director of Industry Analytics, US Apple (30 min)

8:40 AM US Apple Advocacy Update – Diane Kurrle, Senior Vice President, US Apple (15 min)

8:55 AM Regulatory Update for New York State – Jim Bittner, New York State Horticultural Society (15 min)

9:10 AM Apple Crop Insurance Policy 2023 Changes – John Fitzpatrick, Crop Growers (30 min)

9:40 AM Break

Session 2: Business Session II: New Technologies and Profitability in Orchard Systems

10 AM Welcome, Introductions, and Vendors – Mark Wiltberger, CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program (5 min)

10:05 AM Apple Crop Insurance Policy 2023 ChangesJohn Fitzpatrick, Crop Growers (30 min)

10:35 AM Analyzing Profitability of Your Orchards – Mark Wiltberger, CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program (30 minutes)

11:05 AM Adopting New Technologies for Your Farm: Evaluating Orchard Management SystemsMark Wiltberger, CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program (30 min)

11:35 AM Retail Trends – Steve Lutz, Category Partners (30 minutes)

Lunch Break: 12:05 – 1 PM

Session 3: Climate Change, Postharvest, and Marketing

1:00 PM Welcome, Introductions, and Vendors – Craig Kahlke, CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program (5 mins)

1:05 PM Adapting New York fruit crops to climate change: temperature effects on winter physiology – Dr. Jason Londo, Cornell University (30 min)

1:35 PM Dynamic Controlled Atmosphere (DCA) for Storage of Organic and Traditional Apple Varieties. – Dr. Chris Watkins, Cornell University (30 minutes)

2:05 PM Marketing and Promotion of Apples from New York – Cynthia Haskins, New York Apple Association (30 minutes)

2:35 PM Break

Session 4: Integrated Pest Management I 1.25 DEC credits – 10, 1A, 22

3:00 PM Welcome, Introductions, DEC credit sign-up, and Vendors – Janet van Zoeren, CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program (5 mins)

3:05 PM Brown marmorated stink bug –monitoring and management connections – Dr. Greg Krawczyk, Penn State University (30 min)

3:35 PM Life history of native solitary bees: do I need to invest in honeybees? – Maria van Dyke, Cornell University (20 min)

3:55 PM From citrus (and other crops) to apples – Dr. Monique Rivera, Cornell University (20 min)

4:15 PM A Field Study of How an Applied Stress Impacts the Growth of Virus-Infected Apple Trees – Dan Donahue, CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program (15 mins)

4:30 PM Utilizing susceptibility and resistance genes to develop fire blight resistant apples Ricky Tegtmeier, Cornell University (15 mins)

4:45 PM Adjourn

Day 2 – Friday, January 28th, 2022

Session 5: Integrated Pest Management II 1.5 DEC credits – 10, 1A, 22

8:00 AM Zoom Check-In

8:10 AM Welcome, Introductions, DEC credit sign-up, and Vendors – Dan Donahue, CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program (5 mins)

8:15 AM Apple scab development and snow cover – Juliet Carroll, NYSIPM (20 min)

8:35 AM Fire blight panel – 2021 Successes and Challenges Dr. Kerik Cox, Cornell University; Mark Russell, Two of Clubs Orchard LLC, Appleton, NY; Rich Breslawski, Charles Breslawski Farms LLC, Hamlin, NY; Andy Vega, New England Fruit Consultants, Montague, MA; Jim Eve, Eve farm Service LC, Naples, NY; and Jesse Mulbury, Northern Orchard, Peru, NY (60 mins)

9:35 AM Beating Back Bitter Rot: Optimizing Management Strategies – Dr. Kari Peter, Penn State University (20 mins)

Break: 9:55-10:15 AM

Session 6: Maintaining High Quality Orchard Soils 1.25 DEC credits – 10, 1A, 22

10:15 AM Welcome, Introductions, DEC credit sign-up, and Vendors – Mike Basedow, CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program (5 mins)

10:20 AM Should I apply residual herbicides in the spring or fall? – Mike Basedow, CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program and Janet van Zoeren, CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program (25 mins)

10:45 AM Microbial community diversity in the apple rhizosphereDr. Gregory Peck, Cornell University; Dr. Mark Williams, Virginia Tech; and Dr. Hazem Sharaf, Virginia Tech (20 mins)

11:05 AM Woodchips as an alternative to herbicide: the case of a Long Island Orchard – Dr. Deborah Aller, Cornell University (20 mins)

11:25 AM Soil Health in Washington OrchardsTianna Dupont, Washington State University Extension (30 mins)

11:55 AM Final Q & A(10 mins)

Lunch Break: 12:05-1:05 PM

Session 7: Managing Crop Load and Tree Fruit Nutrition for Improved Tree Root Growth, Mineral Uptake, Fruit Quality, Color Enhancement, and Storability

1:05 PM Welcome, Introductions, and Vendors – Mike Basedow, CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program (5 mins)

1:10 PM Precision crop load management with an emphasis on improving fruit quality, color development, and storability –Dr. Terence Robinson, Cornell University (35 mins)

1:45 PM Rain-exclusion irrigation studies and their effects on stem water potential, fruit size/weight, and color on Gala – Dr. Luis Gonzalez Nieto, Cornell University (12 mins)

1:57 PM The effect of soil physical and moisture conditions on tree root growth and uptake – Dr. Emily Lavely, Michigan State University Extension (20 mins)

2:17 PM Nitrogen Management for improved fruit quality/color development – Dr. Lailiang Cheng, Cornell University (25 mins)

2:42 PM Q/A – (5 mins)

Break: 2:47-3 PM

Session 8: The Use of Reflective Fabrics and Pneumatic Defoliation to Improve Fruit Color of High Value Apple Cultivars in NY State

3:00 PM Welcome, Introductions, DEC credit sign-up, and Vendors – Mario Miranda Sazo, CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program (5 mins)

3:05 PM The importance of diffuse scattering and factors that influence light interception, distribution, and reflection from the ground – Dr. Terence Robinson, Cornell University (10 mins)

3:15 PM The use of ground cover materials to increase fruit color on Honeycrisp, NY-1, NY-2, and Evercrisp – Dr. Luis Gonzalez Nieto, Cornell University (15 mins)

3:30 PM The use of reflective materials and pneumatic defoliation to increase red fruit color in WA State – Lee Kalcsits, Washington State University (35 mins)

4:05 PM Grower Experiences with Fabrics and Pneumatic Defoliation Machines in NYS – Grower panelists Rusty Lamb, Yonder Fruit Farms, Valatie, NY; Chris Whipple, H.H. Dobbins Inc., Lyndonville, NY; Jimmy Zingler, Zingler Farms Inc., Kendall, NY; and Kyle Wafler, Wafler Farms Inc., Wolcott, NY (40 mins)

4:45 PM Conference wrap-up

5 PM Adjourn

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Project planning for postharvest efficiency videos

Happy new year-

UVM Extension Agriculture Engineering has created a series of videos on project planning for postharvest operations that may be of interest to fruit growers. While the videos are largely based on vegetable farms, the principles regarding efficient workflow, sanitary design and operation, and food safety are the same for all produce operations.

You can view the series at:

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