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607th Meeting of the New England Vegetable & Berry Growers' Association

Event date/time: 
Friday, January 5, 2024 - 9:00am to 3:15pm
Event Type: 
Event location: 
Blue Bonnet Diner
324 King St., Northampton, MA, 01060
$20 registration fee. Lunch buffet is an additional $25.

Join the New England Vegetable & Berry Growers' Association and New England Cooperative Extensions for the 607th meeting of the NEVBGA! Members and non-members welcome. We will hear from several regional agricultural service providers as well as several growers, and RMA and FSA staff will be present to hold a listening session on how to make crop insurance programs more applicable and effective for New England growers.


  • 9:00am - Registration
  • 9:30 am - Soil Health & Erosion – Chad Cochrain, NRCS Resource Conservationist in Agronomy will present on the importance of soil health for both drought and high moisture growing years and how cover cropping can aid in stabilizing your most important resource.
  • 10:15am - Harvest Aids for Efficiency Panel Discussion - A panel of outstanding growers will discuss their experiences with new machines and how they increase labor efficiency and crop quality.
  • 11:00 am - Strawberry Production in the Northeast: Alleviating Problems with Overwintering and Soil Challenges – Laura McDermott, Cornell Cooperative Extension Washington County Small Fruit Specialist will present on their ongoing research for overwintering strawberries and soil-related issues.
  • Noon - Lunch, commercial member introductions, Extension updates, NEVBGA updates
  • 1:15pm - Crop Insurance Listening Session
  • 1:45pm - What’s Up With Water Testing? – Lisa McKeag, UMass Extension, will talk about the current requirements of both the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and the 3rd-party audit programs available in New England (CQP, USDA-GAP, etc.) for E. coli testing and assessing agricultural water risks.
  • 2:30pm - Sweet Corn and Tomatoes: Problem Solving for Successful Crops- Chuck Bornt, Cornell Cooperative Extension Rensselaer County Vegetable Specialist, will discuss the new and persistent insect and disease issues with sweet corn and tomatoes and strategies to ensure a successful crop.
  • 3:15pm - Adjourn

2 pesticide recertification credits have been approved for this meeting.

How to Participate: 

Please RSVB to 978-423-6694 or by January 3.

Contact's name: 
Sue Scheufele
Contact's email: 
This event will be recorded: 
324 King St. Northampton MA

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