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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

New England Veg. & Fruit Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH

COST: $105 for first registrant from a farm or business and $75 for each additional from the same farm or business.

The New England Vegetable and Fruit conference and trade show will include more than 25 educational sessions over 3 days, covering major vegetable, berry and tree fruit crops as well as various special topics. A Farmer to Farmer meeting after each morning and afternoon session will bring speakers and farmers together for informal, in-depth discussion on certain issues.

There is also an extensive Trade Show with over 100 exhibitors. The organizers hope that guests will enjoy their time, and meet with fellow growers, advisors, researchers, and industry representatives so that you can leave with new ideas and new information that will have a positive impact on your farm.

This conference is special because it is put together with close collaboration between growers and Extension from across the region. The steering committee gathers the best speakers from within our region and across the country to tell you about the latest innovations and advances in the fruit and vegetable industry. Almost every session includes both farmers and research or extension personnel, so you are getting the “best of both worlds.”

CONTACT: Register at www.signup4.net/public/ap.aspx?EID=NEVF13E&TID=j8DArKbk6IIvbbAOQsp1Bg%3d%3d or contact Mark Hutton, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Phone: 207-933-2100, Fax: 207-933-4647

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Farm Food Safety Training with GAPs

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Wayne County, CCE: Wayne in Newark

COST: $60 per farm

Offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension, this is for those farmers who are interested in produce safety or who are being required by buyers to develop food safety plans and provide third party verification of their food safety practices. The Food Safety Modernization Act proposed produce safety rules have been released with a tentative final rule anticipated sometime in the summer of 2015. These workshops will help growers understand produce safety issues and Good Agricultural Practices as well as the FSMA proposed produce rule and third party audits. The second day will be devoted to writing farm food safety plans so that each participant can work on their own farm plan. These workshops are sponsored by the National GAPs Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University, Produce Safety Alliance, and the New York State Department of Ag & Markets with funding from the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority.

CONTACT: For more information, contact Craig Kahlke at cjk37@cornell.edu or (585) 735–5448. Register at cvp.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=144

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

New England Veg. & Fruit Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH

COST: $105 for first registrant from a farm or business and $75 for each additional from the same farm or business.

The New England Vegetable and Fruit conference and trade show will include more than 25 educational sessions over 3 days, covering major vegetable, berry and tree fruit crops as well as various special topics. A Farmer to Farmer meeting after each morning and afternoon session will bring speakers and farmers together for informal, in-depth discussion on certain issues.

There is also an extensive Trade Show with over 100 exhibitors. The organizers hope that guests will enjoy their time, and meet with fellow growers, advisors, researchers, and industry representatives so that you can leave with new ideas and new information that will have a positive impact on your farm.

This conference is special because it is put together with close collaboration between growers and Extension from across the region. The steering committee gathers the best speakers from within our region and across the country to tell you about the latest innovations and advances in the fruit and vegetable industry. Almost every session includes both farmers and research or extension personnel, so you are getting the “best of both worlds.”

CONTACT: Register at www.signup4.net/public/ap.aspx?EID=NEVF13E&TID=j8DArKbk6IIvbbAOQsp1Bg%3d%3d or contact Mark Hutton, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Phone: 207-933-2100, Fax: 207-933-4647

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Farm Food Safety Training with GAPs

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Wayne County, CCE: Wayne in Newark

COST: $60 per farm

Offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension, this is for those farmers who are interested in produce safety or who are being required by buyers to develop food safety plans and provide third party verification of their food safety practices. The Food Safety Modernization Act proposed produce safety rules have been released with a tentative final rule anticipated sometime in the summer of 2015. These workshops will help growers understand produce safety issues and Good Agricultural Practices as well as the FSMA proposed produce rule and third party audits. The second day will be devoted to writing farm food safety plans so that each participant can work on their own farm plan. These workshops are sponsored by the National GAPs Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University, Produce Safety Alliance, and the New York State Department of Ag & Markets with funding from the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority.

CONTACT: For more information, contact Craig Kahlke at cjk37@cornell.edu or (585) 735–5448. Register at cvp.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=144

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Bedded Pack Manure Management Trainings

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: The Abbey Restaurant, Sheldon, VT

COST: $25 (payable online by credit card, or check, or at the door)

See details with December 11 event. If you plan to sign up for the NRCS bedded pack cost share this year, you MUST attend one of these trainings.

CONTACT: Register here: If you require accessibility accommodations to participate in this program, please let Jenn Colby, (802) 656-0858 office or (802) 535-7606 cell, know by November 27, 2013 so we may assist you.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Registration Deadline for "Ground Work"

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: On-line (5 sessions) and Essex Junction, Vermont (one day)

COST: Free to attend (but participants must cover own travel expenses)

A new professional development (train-the-trainer) program to prepare and support agricultural educators, farmers, and farm service providers to deliver farm mechanization and tractor education to beginning farmers, farm workers, and apprentices throughout the Northeast. Through a combination of online learning and hands-on workshops, the project will equip agricultural service providers and farmer educators to teach adult learners about:

• Basic tractor use and operation;
• Basic tractor maintenance, and
• Farm mechanization strategies.

CONTACT: For more information contact Kristen Mullins at Kristen.mullins@uvm.edu or 802-656-2034. See here for more details: www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=GroundWork/index.html&SM=GroundWork/sub-menu.html

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Winter Break

Day Event

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