New England Apple Crop Insurance Listening Session

FYI: It looks like the USDA Risk Management Agency plans to make changes to the apple crop insurance policy. Here’s information on a listening session to cover proposed changes before they go in effect next year. From: Sereno, Alexander – FPAC-RMA, Raleigh, NC Sent: Friday, May 29, 2020 9:35 AM Subject: New England Apple Crop […]

Working Lands Enterprise Initiative Business Grants Funding Opportunity for COVID-19 Response

FYI From: Schimoler, Lynn Ellen Sent: Friday, May 15, 2020 7:55 PM To: AGR Subject: Working Lands Enterprise Initiative Business Grants Funding Opportunity for COVID-19 Response Hi, all: Please share this new funding opportunity with your agriculture & forestry sector contacts – it’s a very quick turnaround, and an exciting opportunity! The Working Lands Enterprise […]

USDA to Host Webinar for Producers Interested in Applying for Direct Payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Producers new to Farm Service Agency programs are encouraged to participate Trouble viewing this email? View it as a webpage. USDA to Host Webinar for Producers Interested in Applying for Direct Payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host […]

Cold temperatures, foliar nutrients, and scab

The good thing is that insect and fire blight activity remain pretty low. On the other hand, we have potential for an extended scab event starting today and lasting through the weekend. This is a tough one to plan around. Ascospore maturity is creeping up, and significant wetting, especially today, can discharge a lot of […]

SBA EIDL program open for agricultural sign-up

Forwarding from Tom Berry in Senator Leahy’s office: Agricultural programs were excluded from the first round of applications for this program. That was changed in the subsequent action by Congress. Now SBA is opening applications exclusively for agriculture. The portal is otherwise closed while SBA works through a backlog, and the reopening seems to be […]

Safely Selling Local Food at Farm Stands and CSAs — Wed 5/6 12-1pm

Visit http://go.uvm.edu/sellvtfood for more info. Safely Selling Local Food at Farm Stands and CSAs during COVID-19 When: Wednesday, May 6, 12-1 PM Where: You can call in by phone or connect through your computer on Zoom. Register here. Demand for local food is surging, and many Vermont farms are heeding the call to feed their […]

Video: Early season insect monitoring in orchards

As we shift into a new (not really) world of online content delivery, I’ll be beefing up the content on the UVM Orchard YouTube channel. Here’s a Video I did yesterday where I checked early season insect traps for European apple sawfly and tarnished plant bug.

U-Pick Farms: COVID-19 Recommendations and Webinar Tomorrow

Upcoming Webinar on U-Pick If you have questions about these recommendations, Laura McDermott, CCE Berry Specialist with the ENY Horticulture Team, is hosting a webinar. Best Management Practices for U-Pick During the COVID-19 Pandemic Thursday, April 30, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. · Join via Zoom online at: · Or dial by phone: 1-646-518-9805 […]

Pesticide Training and Recertification Online Courses Available

Pesticide Training and Recertification Online Courses Available Online courses to help study for pesticide applicator exams and to provide recertification credits for certified pesticide applicators are offered by the UVM Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program. These on-demand, self-paced courses are presented through narrated video modules. Current courses: Northeast CORE Manual Review (no credit) Northeast CORE […]

April 17 Trellis workshop canceled

Per UVM policy in accordance with Governor Scott’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” policy, the Trellis Building Workshop scheduled at the UVM Horticulture Research and Education Center is canceled. We hope to host the Vermont fruit growing community at the farm later this summer. Thanks, and be safe. Terry