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!!!Please note that the Annual Business Meeting date is different than what is printed in the NEVFC program.  The meeting will be held atnoon, immediately following the Stone Fruit session on Wednesday!!!

Massachusetts Fruit Growers' Association

Annual Business Meeting

New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference 
Pemigewasset Ballroom (Ballroom A)
Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH

12:00 Noon, Wednesday, December 13, 2017

 AGENDA

  • Opening remarks - Cook                                                                    
  • Minutes of the last Annual Business Meeting - Autio
  • Secretary's report  - Autio
  • Treasurer's report - Autio
  • Committee reports
  • Legislative - Dowse
  • UMass Fruit Advisory - Carlson
  • Harvest Labor - O’Toole
  • Marketing, Publicity, & Promotion - Nicewicz
  • Trustees of the UMass Cold Spring Orchard - Chandler
  • Old business

New business

  • Presentation of nominations
  • Election of officers and directors for 2018
  • Passing of the gavel to the new president

Please note that the Annual Business Meeting date is different than what is printed in the NEVFC program.  The meeting will be held atnoon, immediately following the Stone Fruit session on Wednesday.

New England wide Extension tree fruit specialists have been hard at work to update the on-line version of the New England Tree Fruit Management Guide, which can now be found here: http://netreefruit.org/ We will continue making updates and adding content as the 2018 growing season approaches! Please be sure to bookmark, and note that it is mobile friendly, so add a shortcut icon to your smartphone home screen!

 

November 20, 2017 is the deadline to purchase Federal Crop Insurance on apples and peaches and also the deadline to update coverage levels or cancel an existing policy on apples and peaches.

November 20, 2017 is also the deadline to purchase coverage for perennial crops under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) administered by the USDA

Online registration is now open for the 2017 New England Fruit and Vegetable Meetings in Manchester, NH, to be held December 12-14. As usual, there will be sessions for growers of all scales, scopes, and specialty crops, including two sessions each for apples and grapes, a stone fruit session, a cider and cider apple session. On-line registration deadline/discount is November 30.

Registration information may be found at: https://newenglandvfc.org/registration

Ambrosia™ apple harvest underway; production up 20%; Nielsen data this past season showed Ambrosia passing McIntosh to become the number 8 overall apple variety in the United States in retail dollars. Read more at Fresh Plaza...

According to the Worcester Business Journal, the 2017 Massachusetts apple crop is expected to reach a 10-year high...read more.

Beginning in early September, apple maturity reports from the UMass Orchard are being updated here until the end of harvest...

Jon Clements, Extension Tree Fruit Specialist, University of Massachusetts Amherst

It is not necessary to wait for peaches to soften before they are tree-ripe. Here are a few pointers for picking tree-ripe peaches, and then for handling peaches when you get them home.

NEW Fact Sheet: F-140 Branching Young Apple Trees with Plant Growth Regulators

Cowgill, W., J. Clements and W. Autio

Plant growth regulator use instructions for promoting/increasing branching on nursery and young apple trees for better tree quality and early fruit production... 

http://ag.umass.edu/fruit/fact-sheets/f-140-branching-young-apple-trees-with-plant-growth-regulators

Annual Summer Meeting of the Massachusetts Fruit Growers’ Association

in cooperation with University of Massachusetts Fruit Program
TUESDAY, July 11, 2017
Cider Hill Farm
45 Fern Avenue, Amesbury, Massachusetts

10:00 AM Welcome to Cider Hill Farm and the morning tour -- Glenn Cook, President, MFGA

10:15 AM Orchard Tour

Blueberry and raspberry plantings
Primocane blackberry patch
Seedless grape planting
Fruit-tree spacings and preferences
New planting of cider apples
Renewable energy program (solar, small turbines, and high efficiency wood boilers)
Tomato greenhouses
Day neutral strawberry high tunnel trial
insect and disease control updates/IPM strategies for tree and small fruit (Jon Clements and Sonia Schloemann)

NOON Lunch by Goody Coles BBQ provided with the registration charge

1:15 PM Welcome to the afternoon tour -- Glenn Cook, President, MFGA

1:20 PM Facilities Tour

Brand new hard cider venture
CSA, food truck, and fledgling jam factory
Labor profile

2:30 PM Adjourn

Registration for this meeting will be $25 for Mass. Fruit Growers’ Association members ($35 for non-members) per person and will include the tour, educational program, pesticide recertification credits, and lunch.

To ensure the availability of the meal, please pre-register by adding the appropriate number and type (member or non-member) registrations to your shopping cart and paying with a credit card.

We must receive pre-registrations by Friday, July 7 to assure availability of the lunch.

PDF version of this announcement -- print and register via US Mail.

Register on-line by July 7 using PayPal and a credit card here...

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