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Pests and Pets, Managing Animals in the Packhouse

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Event date/time: 
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Event location: 
UMass Agricultural Learning Center

Packhouse pests, including birds and rodents, affect produce quality and pose food safety risks. They can also be hard to get rid of! New food safety regulations require that covered farms have a pest control program to minimize food safety risks. Learn how to implement a pest control program on your farm and how to manage risks posed by even beloved animals, like cats and dogs.


  • Amanda Brown, UMass Student Farm Enterprise - designing a new packhouse and getting certified by the Commonwealth Quality Program

  • Hans Estrin, UVM Extension - considerations for building or retrofitting your wash/pack space with an eye toward food safety 

  • Natasha Wright, Braman Termite & Pest Elimination - tips and techniques from the professionals

  • Jim Ward - How we control birds at Ward’s Berry Farm

  • Wally Czajkowski - How we control rodents at Plainville Farm

The meeting will be followed by a light dinner and time for questions and discussion

This event is FREE, but please RSVP so we can plan ahead for dinner

**This meeting has been approved for 1 pesticide recertification credit**

Contact's name: 
Lisa McKeag
Contact's phone: 
Contact's email: 
911 North Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA 01003
911 North Pleasant St. Amherst MA