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Twilight Meeting Series on Water Issues on the Farm Kicks off this Week

September 14, 2020

Agricultural Water Twilight Series

The UMass Extension Vegetable Program is offering a series of online twilight meetings all about water! We will welcome extension specialists and farmers from Massachusetts and beyond to cover a range of water-related topics.

Part I: Water Use Regulations, Water Monitoring Tools, and Efficient Irrigation

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm


  • Rachel Schattman, UMaine Agroecology Lab - Water use regulations in New England

  • Joshua Faulkner, UVM Extension – Moisture monitoring technologies and irrigation efficiency

  • Tim Wilcox & Max Traunstein, Kitchen Garden Farm, Sunderland, MA – New tile drainage system, wells, and irrigation equipment

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Part II: Water System Mapping and Water Testing for FSMA

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm


  • Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Produce Safety Inspection Program - Massachusetts' draft produce safety regulations and update on water testing rules

  • Scott Monroe, Purdue Extension - Water sampling, understanding risks to source water and understanding water test results

  • Phil Tocco, MSU Extension - Water distribution system mapping and inspections

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Part III: Post-harvest Water Quality and Sanitizer Use

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm


  • Amanda Deering, Purdue Extension - Background on the different sanitizer materials available or practical for small-medium scale growers and how to measure and monitor them

  • Phil Tocco, MSU Extension – Sanitizer use demonstration

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