Lake Ontario Fruit Program Enrollment

Program Areas

  • Food Safety
  • Variety Evaluation
  • Market Development
  • Pest Management
  • Cultural Practices

Enrollment Benefits

  • Telephone / Email Consultations
  • Fruit Newsletter?
  • Direct Mailings
  • Educational Meetings & Conferences
  • In-Field Educational Opportunities
  • On-Farm Research Trials

Enrollee Login


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  • Issues of Fruit Newletters
  • Helpful Diagnostic Tool:
      What's wrong with my crop?


EnrollmentThe Cornell Cooperative Extension Lake Ontario Fruit team invites you to join our organization; you must be enrolled to benefit from the expertise of our Specialists. Enrollment in a partner county will provide a subscription to our newsletter, Fruit Notes, and access to Fruit FAX (the more time sensitive reminders for pest management and horticultural practices) and the Harvest Maturity subscription will provide you with apple ripening index measurements to help time harvest of apples by variety. We can also do farm visits to troubleshoot problems or evaluate situations.

In 2019, our program will be supported, in part, by 5 county Cornell Cooperative Extensions: Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego and Wayne Counties. If you are farming or living in one of these counties you can click on the county listed above or enroll in our program (form below) by printing and mailing the In-Region PDF Enrollment form below or directly on line by completing the details below.

However, we still welcome those that farm or conduct agricultural services in other counties outside of Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, Monroe and Wayne Counties to enroll in our program (Satellite Enrollment). The Satellite enrollment will also provide a subscription to our newsletter, Fruit Notes, and access to Fruit FAX and the Harvest Maturity subscription. However, we must continue to respect the major supporting role of the partner counties who continue to support the cost of the program overall. Therefore, the growers who enroll through the Satellite program can only access specialists on the team for consultation by phone, fax, or email. Unfortunately, specialists will not be able to do on-farm visits or applied research out of the partner counties. But there is a lot we can do electronically through communication technology these days! If you would like to become a member of our program through our Satellite enrollment you can enroll by printing and mailing the Satellite PDF Enrollment form below

For enrollment information contact Kim Hazel, email Kim or call her at 585-798-4265 ext. 26.

LOF Enrollment Form - In Region (PDF; 186KB)

LOF Enrollment Form - Satellite (PDF; 186KB)

Satellite Regions Enrollment Form - Online
*In Region Enrollment is directly with your county

Business Name
First Name Last Name
Address 1 Address 2
City State Zip
Phone Cell
Email 1 Email 2
Please select ALL counties that you farm or conduct business:

If other County, please enter name(s)
Please select ALL areas of interest:
Food Safety
Greenhouse & Tunnels

Pests - Animals
Pests - Diseases
Pests - Insects

Pests - Weeds
Soil Health
Please select ALL crops that you are interested in:
Asian Pears
Raspberries / Blackberries
Unusual Fruit
Lake Ontario Fruit Program
Satellite Enrollment
Satellite ($150.00) - for those outside of the participating counties.
In Region - contact your county directly for those that live, farm or conduct agricultural services within participating counties.
Method of Fruit Notes Newsletter Delivery Mail Only      Email Only      Both
* Bundle includes one print and online copy
Fruit Fax & Fire Blight Alerts$100.00Qty:
Harvest Maturity Report$100.00Qty:
Special Contribution to LOF Program   Amount: $
    Total Payment: $
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There were errors on the form, please make sure all fields are filled out correctly (see above).

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Upcoming Events

2019 WNY Master Class for Bilingual Orchard Crew Members

November 9 - December 13, 2019

WNY Master Class Schedule

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Effective Management of Farm Employees: Two-Day Master Class December 9-10 in Orleans County

December 9 - December 10, 2019
Albion, NY

The Effective Management of Farm Employees Master Class is for you if you are a new farm owner or farm manager or you want to improve your skills in HR management. This program will give you the skills you need to effectively hire, train and supervise your farm's employees. The class will be conducted at the Orleans County CCE office on December 9th & 10th.
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2019 Lake Ontario Fruit Advisory Meeting

December 12, 2019
tentatively 9:30am-3:30pm
Spencerport, NY

Please join us for our annual winter advisory meeting where you can spend time with the Lake Ontario Fruit Program team reviewing the team's educational programs and most importantly providing us feedback. Advisory meetings are important for the team to ensure that our programs and research are aligned with the industry's needs.
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Save on PSA Grower Training Course at the Expo

A Great Opportunity at the Expo January 14 in Syracuse - A Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course at a Reduced Price!

Come satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.' This one-day PSA Grower Training will improve your understanding of produce safety and get you pointed in the right direction when it comes to compliance with FSMA Produce Safety Rule.
This is offered for the 1 day Expo registration price of $45, thanks to grants from the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets

Save the Date!

2019 Events - for details and registration info click on the event title of interest:

15 Nov - 13 Dec - 2019 WNY Master Class for Bilingual Orchard Crew Members

18-22 Nov - Labor Roadshow III

19 Nov - Farm Transition Planning - Preserving Your Legacy (1 day workshop) 8:30AM-12:30PM

6 Dec - Webinar - Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act - with the New York State Department of Labor's Agriculture Labor Program Staff - 11:30AM - 1PM

9 & 10 Dec - Effective Management of Farm Employees (2 day workshop) 10:30AM-4:30PM

12 Dec - LOF Advisory Meeting - tentatively 9:30am - 3:30pm at Ogden Town Hall

2020 Events

9 Jan - Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course - 9 Jan - CCE Orleans - 8am Registration; Program begins promptly at 8:30am - 5:30pm, lunch included

13 Jan, 14-16 Jan  - Becker Forum, Empire State Producers Expo - Becker Forum - Marriot Syracuse Downtown, 100 East Onondaga St; Expo - Oncenter, 800 S. State St., Syracuse, NY 13202

14 Jan - Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course at the Expo - The Oncenter, 800 S. State St., Syracuse, NY 13202

3 & 4 Feb - 2020 LOF Winter Fruit Schools - All Day, CCE Niagara 3 Feb & The Finger Lakes Hotel 4 Feb - check back later for more info.

19 Mar - Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Courses - 19 Mar - CCE Wayne - 8am Registration; Program begins promptly at 8:30am - 5:30pm, lunch included

Pollinator Resouces

Now available Pollinator Resource Links

Unusual Berry Survey

Specialty Fruit Survey: Are you interested in diversifying your farmers market, farm stand, or CSA offerings with specialty fruit crops? Have you ever thought about growing currants, kiwiberries, goji berries, beach plums, or other "unusual" fruits? Tell us about it! We are gauging grower interest in specialty fruit crops. Your input will help guide a project that aims to develop growing recommendations and enterprise budgets for unusual fruit crops in New York. Fill out our online survey by clicking on the following link:

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Article: "Supplemental Coverage Option for Apples"

Supplemental Coverage Option for Apples - Should you add this endorsement to your apple crop insurance policy?

Elizabeth Higgins, Ag Business Management Specialist, ENYCH

For the full article click the link below.