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How to Conduct an On-Farm Trial
Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
UMass Crop and Animal Research and Education Center, 89 River Rd. Deerfield, MA

Ever want to apply for a SARE farmer or partnership grant? Looking to improve your farming practices through research? This workshop is for you! Farmers and Agricultural Service Providers welcome. We will provide hands-on training in setting up a replicated field plot, and include practice taking measurements and collecting data. Concepts learned can help you answer many questions through on-farm trials, but this workshop will focus on the UMass trial "Nitrogen contribution from cover crops for vegetable crop uptake" being conducted on multiple farms in Massachusetts this fall as a way to prepare cooperating farmers to conduct this trial.
Stay tuned for a follow-up workshop on data analysis and interpretation of results.

Free, but please RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OnFarmTrial

Questions? Contact: Katie Campbell-Nelson, kcampbel@umass.edu, 413-545-1051
Supported in part by USDA/NE-SARE Professional Development MA State Program.


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

June 28th, 4-6 pm: https://ag.umass.edu/events/ipm-field-walk
Wards Berry Farm, 614 South Main Street, Sharon, MA 02067
Farmer: Jim Ward

July 19th, 4-6pm: https://ag.umass.edu/events/ipm-field-walk-0
Alprilla Farm, 94 John Wise Avenue, Essex, MA 01929
Farmer: Noah Kellerman

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


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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