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UMass Extension Fruit Program

The UMass Extension Fruit Program's mission is to assist fruit growers with all aspects of horticultural and pest management. It is part of the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment within the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts.

  • MFGA Summer Meeting- Stop 1

    August 6, 2022

    MFGA Annual Summer Meeting 2022 - Stop 1, apple variety evaluation with Jon Clements. At the UMass Orchard, Belchertown, MA. 14-July, 2022. Thanks to Alex Hutchinson for the 'steadycam' work. Watch:

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    Summer Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates Internship with the UMass Extension Fruit Team

    April 6, 2022

    The UMass Extension Fruit Team is offering paid internship opportunities to undergaduate students.

    This internship opportunity brings together a multidisciplinary team of researchers and Extension professionals from UMass Amherst to support undergraduate research and Extension training for a technology-enhanced agricultural science, applied research and Extension. We emphasize connecting research with practice in ways that support and promote the sustainability of local food production systems.

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    NEWA 3.0 - what you need to know

    March 28, 2022

    If you have not looked at NEWA (Network for Environment & Weather Applications, since last year (or perhaps never?) you will notice a major change in the user interface now that NEWA 3.0 (as opposed to the ‘old’ NEWA or NEWA 2.0) is fully deployed. Here are some major enhancements and features you should know about to make NEWA more useful and user friendly. I call them my Top 10 NEWA Tips. Before I get to that though, a reminder NEWA is one decision support tool you can use and is not the final word. If in doubt, consult your crop consultant, agrichemical sales person, or UMass Extension for further advice.

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    NEWA 3.0 Tutorial - Online Workshop

    January 29, 2022

    NEWA 3.0 Tutorial - Online Workshop
    February 7, 2022, 9am—12:30pm
    The new NEWA 3.0 system is online (, and 2022 will be the first year when you will not be able to use the old version. If you have not yet looked at the new website, or if you have looked at it but weren’t sure how to best use it, the “NEWA 3.0 Tutorial Online Workshop” is perfect for you.

    Register now:

    NEWA 3.0 Tutorial Flyer


  • New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference "Light"

    October 30, 2021

    New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference 2021-Online Light!

    December 13-17, 2021

    Enjoy the New England Fruit and Vegetable Conference from the comfort of your own living room! The conference will be online this year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic. The program will be a streamlined version of our usual in-person content, with one morning and one afternoon session per day for one week, December 13th-17th. Tree fruit, small fruit, and vegetables will all be covered, and pesticide and certified crop advisor credits will be available. Check out the schedule, speaker line up and registration here. We hope to see you online this December, and in person in December 2022!

    $50 registration fee gains you full access to the program and 3-months access to the recordings.

    Session Topics will include: Tillage Reduction Innovations, Climate Adaption Strategies on the Farm, Soil Health, Automation for Small Vegetable Growers, Inspirations from Away, 2 Berry Crop Sessions and 2 Tree Fruit Sessions as well as a session on Vegetable Disease and Pest Updates.