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  • Cultural Practices

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  • On-Farm Research Trials

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2018 Eastern New York Fruit and Vegetable Conference

This two day conference combines all of ENYCHP's traditional fruit and vegetable meetings into one large event in the Capital Region.  Sessions will include two full days of tree fruit programing, one day of vegetable programing, a half day of berry and half day of agricultural business management. 

Register before February 13th for a reduced rate!  Hot Lunch and admission to the trade show are included with the registration fee.

DEC Credits will be available in the Tree Fruit, Vegetable, and Small Fruit Sessions. 

Rooms are available for those who wish to stay overnight at the Desmond. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 800-448-3500. Please ask for our reduced conference rate.



Day One: Tree Fruit

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 20, 2018

8:00am-4:00pm

The Desmond Conference Center
660 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211


Cost

$60.00
ENYCHP Enrollees recieve a $10 discount! Enroll Here: https://enych.cce.cornell.edu/enrollment.php
At the Door
$80.00 Non-enrolled Walk-ins
$70.00 ENYCHP Enrollees

Day One: Tree Fruit

DAY ONE AGENDA: 4 DEC Credits available (10, 1A, 22)

(Full Conference Agenda Below)

8:00  Registration

8:50  Introductions and Announcements -Dan Donahue, CCE ENYCHP

9:00  Evaluation of Blossom and Shoot Blight Control with Different Copper Formulations, Apogee, Actigard, and Newer Biologicals - Dr. Srdjan Acimovic, Cornell Hudson Valley Research Laboratory

9:45 Biology of the Fire Blight Pathogen Erwinia amylovora Under Starvation Conditions: Survival Strategies and Virulence -Dr. Ricardo Delgado-Santander, Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell University

10:25 Expanding the Range for Establishing the Samurai Wasp, Trissolcus japonicus in Orchards and Vegetable Crops of NYS -Peter Jentsch, Senior Extension Associate in Entomology, Cornell University

10:30 Break

11:00 Observation and Discussion of Apple Decline in the Hudson Valley of New York State  -Dan Donahue, CCE ENYCHP

11:30 Updates on Products for Managing Diseases of Apples: Apple Scab, Powdery Mildew, Bitter Rot, and Fire Blight - Dr. Kerik Cox, School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University

12:00  Hot Buffet Lunch and Trade Show

1:30 Crop Insurance -Elizabeth Higgins, CCE ENYCHP

2:00 Update on Plum Pox Virus in the Hudson Valley -Margaret Kelly, Assistant Director, Division of Plant Industry, New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets

2:15 Crop Load Management in Apples: Getting the Most Out of PGRs -Dr. Poliana Francescatto, School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University

3:00 Registration and Efficacy Trial Updates on New Tree Fruit Insecticides in New York -Dr. Art Agnello, Department of Entomology, Cornell University

3:30 Northeast Pollinator Partnership findings and The Native Bee Assessment Tool -Maria Van Dyke, Department of Entomology, Cornell University

4:00 Trade Show

***Attendees are invited to attend an Industry Mixer following the Trade Show****

Rooms are available for those who wish to stay overnight at the Desmond.  Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 800-448-3500.  Please ask for our reduced conference rate. 



Agenda 2018 Fruit and Vegetable Conference (PDF; 1891KB)


Day Two: Tree Fruit

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 21, 2018

8:00am-4:15pm

The Desmond Conference Center
660 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211


Cost

$60.00
ENYCHP Enrollees recieve a $10 discount! Enroll Here: https://enych.cce.cornell.edu/enrollment.php
At the Door
$80.00 Non-enrolled Walk-ins
$70.00 ENYCHP Enrollees

Day Two: Tree Fruit

Day Two of Tree Fruit Programing and the Industry Trade Show. 2.5 DEC Credits available (10, 1A,22)

8:00 Registration, Sign DEC Rosters, coffee, and visit the Trade Show!

8:50 Introduction and Announcements— Michael Basedow, CCE ENYCHP

9:00 Asymptomatic Fire Blight Infections of Apple Rootstocks After 2016 Epidemic in NE New York and Implications for Apple Growers in NY Champlain and Hudson Valleys -Dr. Srdjan Acimovic, Cornell Hudson Valley Research Laboratory

9:30 Overview of Current Apple Rootstock Technologies in the Geneva Apple Rootstock Breeding Program -Dr. Gennaro Fazio, Cornell , USDA-ARS

10:00 New Varieties from the Cornell Apple Breeding Program -Dr. Susan Brown, Cornell University

11:00 The Land Grant Mission in 2018: Why R&D innovation in ag matters to consumers, and your farm's future- Julie Suarez, Associate Dean, CALS, Cornell University

11:30 New York Apple Association Update - Marketing New York Apples, a summary of promotional activities for 2017 crop year and NYAA's strategic work plan,-Cynthia Haskins, President

11:50 New York State Horticultural Society Update

12:05 Hudson Valley Research Laboratory Update

12:20 Hot Buffet Lunch, Visit Trade Show

1:30 Managing Fire Blight: A Cost/Benefit Analysis -Elizabeth Higgins, CCE ENYCHP

2:00 Honeycrisp, Bitter Pit, and Eastern New York: Connecting the spots? -Dan Donahue, CCE ENYCHP

2:30 Identification of Microbial Problems from Eastern NY Apple Orchards - Blossom Blast and Marssonina Leaf Blotch -Dr. Srdjan Acimovic, Cornell Hudson Valley Research Laboratory

3:00 Evaluations, DEC Sheets, & Visit Trade Show

Agenda 2018 Fruit and Vegetable Conference (PDF; 1891KB)


Business Management Session

February 20, 2018

8:00am-12:00pm

The Desmond Conference Center
660 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211


Cost

$45.00
ENYCHP Enrollees recieve a $10 discount! Enroll Here: https://enych.cce.cornell.edu/enrollment.php
At the Door
$65.00 Non-enrolled Walk-ins
$55.00 ENYCHP Enrollees

Business Management Session

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AGENDA (Full Conference Agenda Below)

8:00  Registration

8:25 Introductions and Announcements- Liz Higgins, CCE ENYCHP

8:30 Community Supported Agriculture in Eastern New York - 2017 Data -Liz Higgins, CCE ENYCHP

9:00 Media Relations for Farmers: Are You Ready to Communicate Effectively with the Press and the Public About Your Farm?  -Steve Ammerman, New York Farm Bureau Public Affairs Manager

10:30 Navigating Through the Ag Labor Maze:   Resources for Farmers with a Latino Workforce        -Mary Jo Dudley, Cornell Farmworkers Program Director & Liz Higgins, CCE ENYCHP

12:00 Hot Lunch Buffet and Trade Show

Rooms are available for those who wish to stay overnight at the Desmond.  Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 800-448-3500.  Please ask for our reduced conference rate. 



Agenda 2018 Fruit and Vegetable Conference (PDF; 1891KB)


Small Fruit Session

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 20, 2018

2:00pm-5:00pm

The Desmond Conference Center
660 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211


Cost

$45.00
ENYCHP Enrollees recieve a $10 discount! Enroll Here: https://enych.cce.cornell.edu/enrollment.php
At the Door
$65.00 Non-enrolled Walk-ins
$55.00 ENYCHP Enrollees

Small Fruit Session

SMALL FRUIT AGENDA:  2.5 DEC Credits available (10, 1A, 22)

(Full Conference Agenda Below)

12:00 Hot Buffet Lunch and Trade Show

2:00 Introductions and Announcements -Laura McDermott, CCE ENYCHP

2:05 New Information on Integrating Low Tunnels into Day Neutral Strawberry Systems - Marvin Pritts, School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University

2:45 Evaluating and Constructing Your Weed Management Plan -Bryan Brown, NYS Integrated Pest Management Program, Cornell University

3:30 Re-tooling Your Sprayer for Better SWD Control   -George Hamilton, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Field Specialist

4:00 NEWA's Berry Models - How You Can Make Them Work for You - Juliet Carroll, NYS Integrated Pest Management Program, Cornell University

4:30 Why Can't I Grow Strawberries Anymore? Diagnosing and Managing Soil problems -Laura McDermott, CCE ENYCHP

5:00 Adjourn  

Rooms are available for those who wish to stay overnight at the Desmond.  Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 800-448-3500.  Please ask for our reduced conference rate. 



Agenda 2018 Fruit and Vegetable Conference (PDF; 1891KB)


Vegetable Session

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 21, 2018

8:00am-4:15pm

The Desmond Conference Center
660 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211


Cost

$60.00
ENYCHP Enrollees recieve a $10 discount! Enroll Here: https://enych.cce.cornell.edu/enrollment.php
At the Door
$80.00 Non-enrolled Walk-ins
$70.00 ENYCHP Enrollees

Vegetable Session

DAY ONE AGENDA:  3.5 DEC Credits available (10, 1A, 23)

(Full Conference Agenda Below)

8:00  Registration and Trade Show

8:55  Introduction and Announcements - Chuck Bornt, CCE ENYCHP

9:00  Developing Precision Water and Nutrient Systems in Vegetables - Dr. Darcy Telenko, CCE
Cornell Vegetable Program

9:35  Managing Sweet Corn Worm Pests with Newer Insecticides- Dr. Galen Dively, Department of Entomology, University of  Maryland

10:10 Optimizing Crop Protectant Performance with Adjuvants - Curt Matthews and Brooks Barefoot, Helena Chemical Company

10:45 Morning Break

11:15  Bird Management in Sweet Corn - Evaluating New Tools - Dr. Darcy Telenko, CCE Cornell Vegetable Program

11:50 Allium Leafminer: Looks Like It's Here to Stay -Teresa Rusinek and Ethan Grundberg, CCE  ENYCHP

12:15 Hot Lunch Buffet and Trade Show

1:30 Making the Most of Bio-Controls:  Mode of Action and Compatibility - Greg Rodgers, Certis Crop Protection

2:00 Honey Bee and Wild Bee Health Update and Management Considerations -Maria van Dyke, Department of Entomology, Cornell University

2:35 Afternoon Break

3:05 Growing Fall Cucumbers:  Efficacy and Economics of Downy Mildew Resistant Varieties           - Susan Scheufele, University of Massachusetts

3:40 Sensor Technologies and Drones in Crop Production - Jim Meyers, CCE ENYCHP

4:15 Trade Show

Rooms are available for those who wish to stay overnight at the Desmond.  Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 800-448-3500.  Please ask for our reduced conference rate. 



Agenda 2018 Fruit and Vegetable Conference (PDF; 1891KB)



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Beets

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Broccoli

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Brussels Sprouts

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Cabbage

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Carrots

Carrots

Cauliflower

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Cherries

Cherries

Cucumbers

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Dry Beans

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Eggplant

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Ethnic Vegetables

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Garlic

Garlic

Grapes

Grapes

Horseradish

Horseradish

Kohlrabi

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Leeks

Leeks

Lettuce / Leafy Greens

Lettuce / Leafy Greens

Melons

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Nectarines

Nectarines

Onions

Onions

Parsnips

Parsnips

Peaches

Peaches

Pears

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Peas

Peas

Peppers

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Plums

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Potatoes

Potatoes

Pumpkins / Gourds

Pumpkins / Gourds

Radishes

Radishes

Raspberries / Blackberries

Raspberries / Blackberries

Rhubarb

Rhubarb

Rutabaga

Rutabaga

Snap Beans

Snap Beans

Squash - Summer

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Squash- Winter

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Sweet Corn

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Sweet Potatoes

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Upcoming Events

Farm Financial Management Tuesdays - Planning for a Change or Exiting Your Farm Business

November 30, 2021 : Assessing the Financial Ramifications of and Options for Significant Change to Your Farm Business

The inflationary economy is upon us! The huge influx of money into the US economy following the COVID-19 pandemic has manufactured high prices and in turn increased operating costs for farm business thus forcing many businesses into net operating loss situations. Other farms are facing high labor costs or chronic labor shortages.  Some farms have taken on debt loads that make these increased costs unaffordable.  Depending on the stage in the business lifecycle, it may make sense to change enterprises or exit the farming business entirely. 

Join CCE ENYCH Ag Business Educator, Elizabeth Higgins, and CAAHP Ag Business Educator, Dayton Maxwell, for a one-hour program to learn about the financial aspects of changing or exiting a farm business. 

December 7, 2021 : The Family and Emotional Component; Shifting Business Direction and Life After Farming

As farm business enterprises are changed or disbanded, the emotional stress can be tremendous, especially when individuals and family members maintain diminished assurance relative to future security. 

Join Gabriel Gurley and Brenda O'Brien of New York FarmNet for a one-hour program focused on successfully navigating the emotional turmoil of a family farm business transition.

December 14, 2021 : New Venture Creation; Shifting Business Direction and Life After Farming

Change creates opportunity and new opportunities are certain when farm businesses change or end. 

Join Gabriel Gurley of New York FarmNet for a one-hour overview of identifying ways and means to capitalize on new opportunities resulting from farm business transitions.

 

Remote Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course - Dec 2021

December 8 - December 9, 2021

A grower training course developed by the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) that meets the regulatory requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) for farms subject to the Produce Safety Rule. All farms are welcome to attend to learn about recommended food safety practices for growing, handling, and storing fresh produce. Course registration fee includes a course manual and certificate of course completion by the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO).

Tax Management for Beginning and Small Farm Businesses

January 18, 2022

Tax Management for Beginning and Small Farm Businesses.

A one-night virtual meeting for beginning and part-time farmers that provides useful tax information enabling participants to be make better tax decisions for their business.   Federal and state income taxes will be covered. Tax regulations specific to NYS will be covered as well. 


Announcements

2021 SWD Insecticide Quick Guide

Prepare your sprayer and make sure you have the insecticides of choice on hand. Click on the following link for the revised 2021 SWD Insecticide Quick Guide: https://rvpadmin.cce.cornell.edu/uploads/doc_981.pdf

Current recommendations are to use the most effective material you can early in the spray program - even though the population seems small. The strategy is to keep the population small for as long as possible as it's very hard to gain control after the numbers have ballooned.  

USDA Offers Disaster Assistance for Producers

USDA Offers Disaster Assistance for Producers Facing Inclement Weather

Severe weather events create significant challenges and often result in catastrophic loss for agricultural producers. Despite every attempt to mitigate risk, your operation may suffer losses. USDA offers several programs to help with recovery.

Risk Management
For producers who have risk protection through Federal Crop Insurance or the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), we want to remind you to report crop damage to your crop insurance agent or the local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.

If you have crop insurance, contact your agency within 72 hours of discovering damage and be sure to follow up in writing within 15 days. If you have NAP coverage, file a Notice of Loss (also called Form CCC-576) within 15 days of loss becoming apparent, except for hand-harvested crops, which should be reported within 72 hours.

Disaster Assistance
USDA also offers disaster assistance programs, which is especially important to livestock, fruit and vegetable, specialty and perennial crop producers who have fewer risk management options.
First, the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybee and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP) reimburses producers for a portion of the value of livestock, poultry and other animals that died as a result of a qualifying natural disaster event or for loss of grazing acres, feed and forage. And, the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) provides assistance to producers of grazed forage crop acres that have suffered crop loss due to a qualifying drought. Livestock producers suffering the impacts of drought can also request Emergency Haying and Grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres.

For LIP and ELAP, you will need to file a Notice of Loss for livestock and grazing or feed losses within 30 days and honeybee losses within 15 days. For TAP, you will need to file a program application within 90 days.

Documentation
It's critical to keep accurate records to document all losses following this devastating cold weather event. Livestock producers are advised to document beginning livestock numbers by taking time and date-stamped video or pictures prior to after the loss.

Other common documentation options include:
- Purchase records
- Production records
- Vaccination records
- Bank or other loan documents
- Third-party certification

Additional Resources
On farmers.gov, the Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool, Disaster-at-a-Glance fact sheet, and Farm Loan Discovery Tool can help you determine program or loan options.

While we never want to have to implement disaster programs, we are here to help. To file a Notice of Loss or to ask questions about available programs, contact the Rensselaer County USDA Service Center @ 518 271 1889 ext. 2. The office is open for business, however due to pandemic restrictions all in-person visits require an appointment.


Resources from CCE ENYCHP!

We are developing new ways to connect with the CCE ENYCHP team this year! We have a Youtube page located at this link. Check out videos on Table Grape Production, Pest Updates and the 20 Minute Ag Manager - in 4 Minutes series

We have a Facebook Page here as well as an Instagram page. We keep these places updated with current projects, events, and other interesting articles and deadlines.

There are also text alerts available. Fruit and vegetable farmers in 17 Eastern NY counties can now receive real time alerts on high risk disease and pest outbreaks texted directly to their cell phone. The Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture program, which is supported by local Cornell Cooperative Extension associations, will now offer text alerts to those that enroll in our program in 2019. 

The text alerts will be reserved for important crop alerts that could impact management decisions immediately. For instance, if there were an outbreak of Late Blight in the area, this would be transmitted to vegetable growers.

Farmers can choose the crop for which they wish to receive updates. Additionally they can request that Ag Business Alerts be sent to them. These alerts might include due dates for crop insurance deadlines, market opportunities etc.

If you have questions, please contact enychp@cornell.edu


Podcasts

FSMA Updates with Gretchen Wall

August 10, 2021
In this episode, Elisabeth Hodgdon discusses news and updates related to FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule with food safety specialist Gretchen Wall. They discuss inspection schedules for the 2021 season, On Farm Readiness Reviews, water testing, new resources available for growers, and more.

Resources:
Records Required by the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, by K. Woods, D. Stoeckel, B. Fick, G. Wall, and E.A. Bihn. This fact sheet includes an explanation of required records as well as printable record templates:
https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/sites/producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/files/shared/documents/Records-Required-by-the-FSMA-PSR.pdf

Upcoming Remote, Online, and In-Person Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Courses:
https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/training/grower-training-courses/upcoming-grower-trainings/

Interactive Google map of water testing labs, created by the Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?amp%3Busp=sharing&mid=1C8KHM6jJszj9auYQttUbVtPKtb4eEBSJ&ll=41.22288057139939%2C-78.58548244999999&z=5\

Interested in joining the Produce Safety Alliance listserv? Sign up here to receive FSMA updates, notifications of educational opportunities and new resources, and more:
https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/

Contact Information:
To schedule an On Farm Readiness Review or discuss your farm’s FSMA PSR coverage status, contact Steve Schirmer (315-487–0852 or steve.schirmer@agriculture.ny.gov), or Aaron Finley (518-474-5235 or aaron.finley@agriculture.ny.gov).

Episode speakers:
Elisabeth Hodgdon, ENYCHP vegetable specialist: 518-650-5323 or eh528@cornell.edu
Gretchen Wall, Produce Safety Alliance coordinator and Northeast Regional Extension Associate: 607-882-3087 or glw53@cornell.edu

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