UVM Extension Farm Budget clinics

Forwarded from Jake Jacobs, UVM Risk Management Agency:

UVM Extension Budget Clinics

UVM Extension Farm Business educators are available to work one-on-one with farmers on their finances and business decisions. Bring your financial statements, records or business questions for this 1 to 1 ½ hour private meeting at a local Extension office. Meetings are available from July 20 – August 3rd.

Register online now: http://www.regonline.com/summerclinics2016

Contact Christi Sherlock at christi.sherlock or 1-866-860-1382 for registration questions or assistance.

Visit the Farm Viability website for more information on programs serving VT farms: http://blog.uvm.edu/farmvia/

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Jake Jacobs
Crop Insurance Education Coordinator
Department of Community Development and Applied Economics
University of Vermont
208 Morrill Hall
Burlington, VT 05405
Phone 802-656-7356
Fax 802-656-1423
Email: jake.jacobs

Flyer.Budget Clinics.Summer 2016.pdf

Equipment Field Day and Twilight meeting in Connecticut

From: Concklin, Mary [mailto:mary.concklin@uconn.edu]
Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2016 2:48 PM
Subject: Equipment Field Day and Twilight meeting

Good afternoon,

On Wednesday June 15, beginning at 2 pm, there will be an equipment field day and twilight meeting for tree fruit, berry and grape growers and related industry, held at Belltown Hill Orchards in South Glastonbury. Dinner and the twilight meeting will follow beginning around 6 pm. The agenda and list of companies is attached. There is no cost to attend.

This event is sponsored by the CT Pomological Society, the University of CT, Risk Management Agency/USDA, and the CT Dept of Agriculture.

We hope you will join us for a great day of demonstrations, education and catching up with ole friends!

Any questions, please let me know.


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


Funded in part by USDA-NIFA

Equipment Field Day June 15.pdf

Direct sale scale testing and licensing

Subject: Direct sale scale testing and licensing

To: Vermont Farmers’ Markets & Farm Stand vendors,

This past spring, The Agency Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) held 16 scale testing workshops located around the state. These opportunities were set up to ensure that the scales used at farmers’ markets and farm stands were legal for trade and accurate and received the proper testing and license requirements. Only a small number of vendors attended these scale testing workshops, resulting in many direct sale scales remaining untested. As of 2016, all small capacity scales used in direct sales to consumers require annual testing and are subject to a license.

In order to help with the transition in scale requirements, this email and attached letter will describe various certification options for your direct sale scales. Scales used for direct sales must be legal for trade, with either a Class 3 designation or a legal for trade statement. These scales are usually under 100-pound capacity, and are easily mobile. Portable platform scales used for weighing large amounts of produce can be tested onsite at the farm stand. Scales used to prepack packages for sale do not require testing or licensing. If you’ve have your scale tested but not yet licensed, please contact our Licensing Section at: 828-2436.

VAAFM Consumer Protection staff are not able to attend all farmers’ markets and farm stands located across the state during the marketing season to test scales. Instead, if you have not had your scale tested, you can call me at 828-3458 to request testing. You will be able to bring your scale, by appointment, to our weights and measures laboratory located at 322 Industrial Park Drive in Berlin, or in unique circumstances, a field specialist will try to set up a time to test your scale onsite.

Beginning in 2017, the only opportunity to get your small capacity scales tested and certified will be at the scale workshops. If scales are found without approval seals at farmers’ markets or farm stands after that date, a penalty may be issued.

Our goal is to work with you to make sure your scales are legal for trade and accurate, protecting both you and your customers. If you have questions, please contact me at 828-3458 or henry.marckres.


Henry J. Marckres

Chief of Consumer Protection Section


Telephone – 802-828-3458

F.M. final letter.pdf

Fire blight risk…again

By Terence Bradshaw

A glitch in the NEWA system while I was writing that last post was preventing the importing of forecast data into the model. Now that it’s fixed, the risk levels look worse that I originally presented. I see that my image links still aren’t coming through via email, but they are on the associated blog post. I won’t post every chart again, but suffice to say that every site in Vermont with open blossoms is at risk this week. Growers would be wise to check NEWA and, again, apply strep to blocks with open blossoms ASAP.

May 17 Northern Grapes Project Webinar Announcement and Registration

The Northern Grapes Project Webinar Series

“From Vine to Glass: Understanding the Flavors and Aromas of Cold-Hardy Grapes and Wine”

Tuesday, May 17th*, 2016

12:00 Noon Eastern (11:00 am Central)

7:00 pm Eastern (6:00 pm Central)

*Please note this is a date change from the original date of May 10th.

Join Anne Fennell of South Dakota State University, Adiran Hegeman of the University of Minnesota and Somchai Rice of Iowa State University as they discuss their research conducted on Marquette and Frontenac as part of the Northern Grapes Project. Somchai will talk about flavor and aroma development in cold hardy grapes and wine, Anne will discuss gene expression in the flavor aroma and anthocyanins, and Adrian will talk about polyphenolics during development in cold hardy grapes.

If you have received this email from someone other than Chrislyn Particka, you need to register via the link below:


Registering for one Northern Grapes Webinar will place you on the mailing list, and you will receive announcements and connection instruction for all further Northern Grapes Webinars.

Registration will close at 8 am (Eastern) on Friday, May 13th.

Registration is NOT required if you received this email directly from Chrislyn Particka, as it means that you are a member of the Northern Grapes Webinar mailing list.

All members of the Northern Grapes Webinar mailing list will receive an email the Friday before the webinar containing the web address (URL) for both webinar sessions as well as connection instructions.

There is no charge for this webinar. If you cannot attend one of the live sessions, recordings of all webinars are posted on our website (http://northerngrapesproject.org/?page_id=257) within one week of the webinar date.

Feel free to email Chrislyn Particka (cap297) with any questions, if you want to check your registration status, or if you’d like to be removed from the Northern Grapes Webinar mailing list.

Please note: WebEx will no longer be supporting the following operating systems:
• Windows Server 2003
• Windows XP
• Mac OS X 10.6
This means that WebEx users will be unable to join or start WebEx meetings, or use any other WebEx application from computers that use these operating systems. Please upgrade computers to a supported operating system so you can continue to use WebEx without interruption.

Further Northern Grapes Project information is available on-line at


The Northern Grapes Project is funded by the USDA’s Specialty Crops Research Initiative Program of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, Project #2011-51181-30850.

Chrislyn A. Particka, PhD

Extension Support Specialist

Cornell University

School of Integrative Plant Science, Horticulture Section

630 W. North Street

Geneva, NY 14456



New England Public Meeting on Final FSMA Rules – Monday, December 14 – Brattleboro, VT

I’m forwarding this notice from Kristina Sweet at VT Agency of Agriculture of next week’s meeting in Brattleboro to discuss implementation of the recently finalized rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act. This should be of interest to everyone on this list.

Dear New England Food Systems Colleagues,

I’m writing to share the final agenda for the New England Public Meeting on Final Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Rules, hosted by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets on Monday, December 14 at the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro, VT.

We have partnered with FDA to bring Mike Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods & Veterinary Medicine, along with FDA subject matter experts to provide overviews of 3 final FSMA rules—Produce Safety, Preventive Controls for Human Food & Preventive Controls for Animal Food—and to answer your questions about what the rules cover and who must comply. This is the only FSMA roll-out meeting that FDA plans to attend in the Northeast.

Please see the agenda (attached and below) for the full schedule and presenter information.

Feel free to direct any questions to me at kristina.sweet or (802) 522-7811 and share the attached agenda and flyer with your networks. We hope to see you there!


The Vermont Agency of Agriculture Produce Safety Team

Kristina Sweet, Abbey Willard & Shelley Mehlenbacher



New England Public Meeting on Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rules

Hosted by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets


Monday, December 14, 2015

9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Latchis Theatre

, 50 Main Street

, Brattleboro, VT

9:30–10:00 AM: Reception (Refreshments provided.)

10:00–10:40 AM: Welcome & Opening Remarks

· Chuck Ross, Vermont Secretary of Agriculture

· Walter Whitcomb, Maine Commissioner of Agriculture & Northeast Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NEASDA) President

· Mike Taylor, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods & Veterinary Medicine

10:40 AM–12:00 PM

· FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Food

· Final Rule Overview with Question & Answer Session

· Presenter: Jenny Scott, Senior Advisor, Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition

12:00–1:30 PM: Break (Lunch will not be provided.)

1:30–2:50 PM

· FSMA Produce Safety Rule

· Final Rule Overview with Question & Answer Session

· Presenter: Samir Assar, Director, Office of Produce Safety, Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition

2:50–3:00 PM: Break

3:00–4:20 PM

· FSMA Preventive Controls for Animal Food

· Final Rule Overview with Question & Answer Session

· Presenter: Dan McChesney, Director, Office of Surveillance & Compliance, Center for Veterinary Medicine

4:20–4:30 PM: Closing Remarks

Kristina M. Sweet

Produce Safety Coordinator

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street

Montpelier, VT 05620

kristina.sweet | (802) 522-7811


December 14 FSMA Meeting Agenda.pdf

New England Meeting Flyer.pdf

Winter meetings reminder

A gentle reminder and heads-up of upcoming meetings:

1. New England Vegetable and Fruit Meetings, December 15-17, 2015 in Manchester, NH: http://www.newenglandvfc.org/registration.html. There are two Tree Fruit sessions on Tuesday, December 15, one Stone Fruit session on Wednesday, December 16, and two Viticulture sessions on December 17. There is also a Hard Cider session which I will be moderating on Wednesday, December 16.

2. UVM Apple Program / Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association 120th Annual Meeting, February 18, 2016 at the Middlebury American Legion. Topics tentatively include: IPM 101 (developing a monitoring and scouting program for your orchard), apple replant disease research in Vermont and beyond, orchard tile drainage, and orchard nutrition. Details to come.

I hope to see many of you at these educational opportunities,


Press Release: Working Lands Enterprise Board Announces Upcoming Grant Availability – Informational Sessions Scheduled!

Please see the following announcement for the latest grant availability from the Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Initiative. This is one of the few programs available to individual producers as well as cooperatives and service providers to support investments which help develop the working landscape including agriculture and forestry.

Forwarded message from:
Noelle Sevoian

Working Lands Specialist

VT Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets

Working Lands Enterprise Board Announces Upcoming Grant Availability

The Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) is pleased to announce the availability of over $500,000 in grant funds for this program year. The application period will open on October 1, 2015, with grants targeting essential, catalytic investments in Vermont’s farm and forest economy. Grants will be available to Vermont agriculture and forest sector businesses, as well as service providers that provide the critical technical assistance needed for business growth.

The two investment areas are as follows:

1. Business Investments

Projects may include, but are not limited to: Infrastructure (project-specific planning, permitting, and/or engineering/architectural plans; and/or building and equipment costs); Marketing (accessing new markets and securing new customers); Research and Development (testing new systems or technologies or developing innovative solutions). Projects focused on scaling up to meet new market opportunities are encouraged. Working capital is an eligible use of funds.

2. Service Provider Investments

Projects should show direct impacts on Vermont Working Lands businesses. Types of technical assistance provided may include: Scaling up; Market development, marketing plans, and sales; Business and financial planning; Succession planning; Access to capital; Manufacturing efficiencies or process flow

Applicant Information Sessions are scheduled for October 9th and 14th 2015 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm and will be held as webinars with opportunities to attend in person. Please find below the currently scheduled sessions. More to be announced on October 1st!:

Link to Register from your home: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2574274848696658434

Friday, October 9th, 4:30 – 6:00pm

· Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 116 State Street, Montpelier, VT, 05620, phone: 802.585.9072

· Northern Vermont Development Association, 36 Eastern Avenue, St Johnsbury, VT, 05819, phone: 802.748.5181

Wednesday, October 14th, 4:30 – 6:00pm

· Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 116 State Street, Montpelier, VT, 05620, phone: 802.585.9072

· Northern Vermont Development Association, 36 Eastern Avenue, St Johnsbury, VT, 05819, phone: 802.748.5181

A change to this year’s process will be that all Business Investment applicants selected to submit a full application will be required to include a business plan. Applicants are encouraged to visit our Resources for Businesses page at http://workinglands.vermont.gov/apply/ta/tools

The WLEB began operations in August 2012 and to date has awarded over $3 million in grant funds to 110 grantees, leveraging an additional $4.3 million of matching and outside funds. The WLEB looks forward to continuing this impressive track record in Fiscal Year 2016.


The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative, (Act 142), is administered by the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets in partnership with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. The Working Lands funds are administered by the Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB), an impact investment organization whose mission is to grow the economies, cultures, and communities of Vermont’s working landscape by making essential, catalytic investments in critical leverage points of the Vermont farm and forest economy, from individual enterprises to industry sectors. For more information, visit http://workinglands.vermont.gov/

About the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets: VAAFM facilitates, supports and encourages the growth and viability of agriculture in Vermont while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment. www.Agriculture.Vermont.Gov