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Decision Support Sytems (DSS's) for Massachusetts Apple Growers (and Beyond): NEWA, RIMpro, and AgRadar

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Fruit Twilight Meetings, April 11 (C.N. Smith Farm) and April 16 (UMass Cold Spring Orchard)

“Precision Crop Load Management and Plant Growth Regulator Use in Apples” An In-depth School for Fruit Growers March 26 and 27, 2019. The Cornell Fruit Team is pleased to announce an in-depth school for tree fruit growers, extension educators and crop consultants on March 26 and 27, 2019, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Syracuse, NY. This meeting will be a two-day intensive school focusing on precision crop load management and the applications of plant growth regulators in the orchard. In addition to Cornell speakers, the meeting will feature invited scientists from Washington State University, Pennsylvania State University, and Michigan State University. Industry representatives from MOOG, Valent BioSciences, and AgroFresh will participate on March 26 and 27. The meeting attendance will be limited to 150 people so we urge to register early before the space is filled up. The meeting is being advertised to members of the fruit production industries in the eastern US.The in-depth school will serve as a vehicle for fruit industry leaders to learn of advances in precision orchard management and to catch a vision of the future use of computer vision and robotics to manage crop load precisely. It will also allow growers to give input to this vision. Details and registration information are available at the site: http://cals.cornell.edu/indepthschool2019 For more information call Gemma Osborne at 315-787-2248, or email at gro2@cornell.edu.

In-Depth Fruit School Brochure

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Mass Aggie is for You

Each year the UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture and the UMass Extension offer one or more workshop series on topics of general interest to homeowners and small scale farmers.  In the past workshops have been offered in fruit tree grafting, pruning, wildflower identification, and cider making.  All workshops have a hands-on component that will help participants gain new skills that they can use in their own gardens or landscapes.

See the link(s) below for the latest offerings:

Click here for the Mass Aggie Seminar Spring 2019 schedule

2019 Mass Aggie flyer

 

Wondering where to begin with food safety? Start here! The PSA Grower Training is currently the only official FDA-recognized produce safety training to help growers implement Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and understand their responsibilities under new Federal regulations. Whether you have a farm that is fully covered by the law or a small, exempt farm and you’re just looking for information, this training is for you.

 

The PSA Grower Training Course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’ The training is also required for participation in Massachusetts’ Commonwealth Quality Program.

 

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Series 2019

 

Each program can also be accessed from the UMass website:

 

International Fruit Tree Association Welcome to 2019 IFTA Annual Conference and Tours. February 25-29, 2019. Holiday Inn, Rochester, NY.

We are excited to bring you a top notch program featuring leaders in the Fruit Tree Industry and informative orchard tours. 

Your 2019 registration includes:

  • Two Full Days of speakers/presentations       
  • Two Full Days of Orchard Tours with 14 stops   

Massachusetts Fruit Growers Association logo MFGA Annual Meeting and UMass Extension Education Program

Thursday, January 10, 2019

9 AM to 3:30 PM

Great Wolf Lodge, 150 Great Wolf Drive, Fitchburg, MA

"Climate, Weather and Apples." Published February, 2017. Lois Wright Morton, Daniel Cooley, Jon Clements, Mark Gleason. Available as downloadable PDF here.

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