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IPM Field Walks

In this series, learn to identify and scout for vegetable pests and select integrated pest management strategies that work for you, whether you are an experienced farmer, or just starting out, organically certified or not! We will use pheromone traps to monitor pests, use a microscope to identify plant pathogens, and learn to scout in multiple vegetable crops with UMass Extension Vegetable Program staff Katie Campbell-Nelson, and Plant Diagnostician Angie Madeiras. Scouting will be followed by a discussion of effective control strategies with growers in attendance. Bring a hand lens if you have one. Supported in part by funding provided by USDA-NIFA Extension Implementation Program, Award No. 2014-70006-22579

August 2nd, 4-6pm: https://ag.umass.edu/events/ipm-field-walk-1
Red Fire Farm, 184 Meadow Rd, Montague, MA 01351
Farmer: Ryan Voiland

Questions? Contact: Katie Campbell-Nelson, kcampbel@umass.edu, 413-545-1051


Twilight Meeting: Equipment for Mechanical Cultivation and Product Washing and Packing

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, from 4 pm to 6 pm
Tangerini's Spring Street Farm
139 Spring Street
Millis, MA

Tangerini’s Farm is a 65-acre farm located in Millis, Ma. Produce is marketed through a 500 member CSA, an on-site farm stand, farmers’ markets, food coops and wholesale buyers. Over the last two years, with support from an MDAR Food Safety Improvement Program grant, they have developed a washing and packing area to prepare all their produce. They will demonstrate the use of many pieces of equipment including wash tanks, barrel washer, bunch washer, onion topper and a conveyer system. They will discuss the flow of produce in the packing area as well as how it is stored. They will also show off some new investments and innovations in their cultivation equipment.

Lisa McKeag, from the UMass Vegetable Program will also provide an update on the roll-out of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in Massachusetts.

contact Lisa McKeag at lcmkeat@umext.umass.edu or phone 413-577-3976 for more information


32nd Annual Massachusetts Tomato Contest

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street
Boston MA

Schedule of Events

9:00 am to 10:45 am — Tomato drop-off and registration
11:00 am — Judging of tomatoes by panel of experts
1:00 pm — Presentation of awards

For more details and judging criteria see 2016 Massachusetts Tomato Contest


Vegetable Winter School
Tuesdays, January 10th, 2017 — February 21st, 2017 from 9am — 3:30pm
Central Massachusetts, TBD
Save the dates for this course designed to provide growers with regulatory certainty in a time of many regulatory changes. Leave winter school ready for a Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP) audit and the peace of mind that you are prepared to handle the requirements of: the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), EPA Worker Protection Standards (WPS), Nutrient Management Regulations, and changes in Employment Law. Get up to date on research and IPM practices important to vegetable growers and gain a competitive advantage in a heavily regulated market. Each farm will get detailed support in developing food safety and nutrient management plans, training employees in WPS, developing standard operating procedures compliant with regulations, and preparing an employee handbook and a whole farm IPM plan. Twelve contact hours available for the vegetable pesticide license category. This course is designed for farm owners, managers and employees. Registration opens in September 2016.
Registration opens in September 2016

1/11/2017 — Food Safety Produce Rule. Instructors: Lisa McKeag (UMass Extension Vegetable Program) and Michael Botelho (MDAR Commonwealth Quality Program)

1/17/2017 — Food Safety Preventive Controls Rule. Instructors: Amanda Kinchla (UMass Extension Food Science Extension Faculty) and Michael Botelho

1/24/2017 — Soil and Nutrient Management. Instructors: Katie Campbell-Nelson (UMass Extension Vegetable Program) and TBD

1/31/2017 — EPA Worker Protection Standards. Instructors: Natalia Clifton (UMass Extension Pesticide Education) and TBD

2/7/2017 — Advanced Topics in Integrated Pest Management. Instructors: Angie Madeiras (UMass Extension Plant Diagnostician), Sue Scheufele (UMass Extension Vegetable Program)

2/14/2017 — Employee Management and Labor Laws. Instructors: TBD

2/21/2017 — Incentive Programs (NRCS, MDAR, SARE) and Risk Management. Instructors: Tom Smiarowski and Paul Russell (UMass Extension Risk Management Specialists)

2/28/2017 — Snow Date.

Questions? Contact: Katie Campbell-Nelson, kcampbel@umass.edu, 413-545-1051


 

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