Lake Ontario Fruit Program Enrollment

Program Areas

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

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  • Direct Mailings
  • Educational Meetings & Conferences
  • In-Field Educational Opportunities
  • On-Farm Research Trials

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2020 Empire State Producers Expo, Berry Sessions

Event Details

Event Offers DEC Credits


January 13 - January 16, 2020


All Day - Jan 14-16, Becker Forum is Jan 13, PSA Grower Training Course is Jan 14


800 S. State St.
Syracuse, NY 13202


NYS Vegetable Growers Association

Event Registration

Becker Forum - Farm Labor: Times of Change - January 13
full-day session, includes lunch and refreshments.
Monday, January 13, Downtown Marriott Syracuse

2020 Empire State Producers Expo - January 14-16 
This annual show combines the major fruit, flower and vegetable associations of New York State in order to provide a comprehensive trade show and educational conference for New York producers, as well as neighboring states and Eastern Canada. In years past over 100 presentations were given by Cornell Cooperative Extension personnel and highly regarded speakers from across the country. Panel discussions feature some of the top industry experts and growers in New York. Between educational sessions, attendees can visit the trade show featuring over 150 commercial vendors and non-profit exhibitors. A Great Opportunity at the Expo January 14 in Syracuse - A Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course at a Reduced Price!  Thursday January 16 includes 3 sessions covering Berries.

Innovation is the Focus of the 2019 Empire Producers EXPO Berry Sessions  Innovation can be profitable, but challenging. Hear how you can grow your operation by considering new methods and continuing emphasis on customer satisfaction.  Join commercial berry growers from across the state on Thursday January 16th, 2020 for a full day of commercial berry education session at the Empire State Producers EXPO held at the OnCenter in Syracuse, NY. 

Berry Session I - 9 to 10:15 AM In the morning session, Marc Poirier, of the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture will talk about Raspberry Crop Management and the Alternatives to Traditional Production Systems.  Mr. Poirier will discuss the benefits and barriers to using protected culture, including different tunnel structural considerations, venting, pruning protocol, cultivar choices etc.  Following this presentation, Ms. Rebecca Foltasz of NRCS will introduce and explain the EQUIP High Tunnel cost share program including the application process and reporting requirements.  

Berry Session II - 10:45 - 12:00 PM During the mid-day session, Dr. Miguel Gomez starts the session off talking about his research on Customer Satisfaction with NY U-pick berry farms.  The results and insights from the 2019 survey of NYS customers should be eye opening.  After that the NYS Berry Growers Association will have their brief annual business meeting.  This industry group has been very active lobbying state government and has a lot of successes to report.  Last on the mid-day agenda is a talk about June bearing strawberry production in NJ - moving from matted row to plasticulture by Peter Nitzsche, from Rutgers.   Mr. Nitzsche will explain how and why NJ growers are moving towards plasticulture of their June bearing strawberries 

Berry Session III - 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM  A discussion of organic pest management at Wegmans berry farm will kick of the final berry session of the day.  Esther Kibbe, CCE Harvest NY and Mark Bowker, Wegmans, Canandaigua will discuss the steps they took to help Wegmans adopt a certified organic production system.  More information about a low spray approach to pest management will be presented with a nod to protected culture - a major aid to organic berry pest management.  Growers will finish out the day with a farmer to farmer opportunity - discussing the approaches they have found to be successful when embarking on organic production of berry crops.  This is a difficult endeavor, but many growers are innovators and this opportunity will allow them to share their experiences while still remembering that the label is the law and including commentary on efficacy of some of the newer biological products on the market. 

Register for all events outlined above at once & for hotel booking visit
Official Becker Forum & Empire State Producers Expo Hotel Information:

Marriott Syracuse Downtown
100 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY 13202

Last Day to Book: Monday, December 16, 2019
Special group rate: $119 USD per night
Call and mention the "Empire State Producers Expo" Code, or book online: see link above

EXPO Schedule & Details - Fruit Only (PDF; 339KB)

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Upcoming Events

Annual LOF Advisory Committee Meeting

November 9, 2020

Please join us (virtually) for our annual winter advisory meeting
where you can spend time with the team reviewing the team's
educational programs and most importantly providing us
feedback. Click "view details" for more details and pre-registration link.

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CCE's NY Tree Fruit Conference sponsored by CCE Eastern NY Commercial Hort Program & CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program

February 2 - February 4, 2021

For 2021, the CCE's NY Tree Fruit Conference sponsored by the CCE Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program and the CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program will replace CCE-LOF's Winter Fruit Schools and CCE-ENYCHP's Fruit & Vegetable Conference, DEC Credits are being applied for at multiple sessions.

More details to follow in the coming weeks!

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CCE prioritizes the health, safety and well-being of the communities we serve. Given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, and due to an abundance of caution certain events will be cancelled. Please check back through out the week for any additional event cancellations.


Nov 9 - Annual LOF Advisory Committee Meeting (via Zoom) 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM - PRE-REGISTER  Please join us (virtually) for our annual winter advisory meeting where you can spend time with the 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. All are invited! Full agenda forthcoming in a few weeks.

Pre-Register Here:

Questions? Don't hesitate to contact Craig 585-735-5448 or


Feb 2-4  - CCE's NY Tree Fruit Conference sponsored by the CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program and the CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program - This 2021 virtural conference will replace CCE-LOF's Winter Fruit Schools and CCE-ENYCHP's Fruit & Vegetable Conference.
DEC Credits being applied for at multiple sessions
More to follow in the coming weeks!

Lake Ontario Fruit Program Webinar Recordings

Have you recently miss a webinar provided by the Lake Ontario Fruit Program that you wanted to see, or would you like to review the information again?  Then check it out at the Lake Ontario Fruit Program YouTube Channel.  LOF webinars are recorded, processed, and uploaded to the YouTube Channel within 1-2 days following the meeting.  LOF Webinar Recording & Resource Links

Managing Farms During COVID-19 series:

Managing Fruit and Vegetable Farms During COVID-19 recorded on June 24th.

Summer Fruit Series:
Summer Insect Management in Cherry recorded June 29th.

Managing Irrigation in Apple Orchards this Season recorded July 7th

Honeycrsip Bitter Pit Prediction Models recorded August 11, 2020

Protocol for Honeycrisp Sampling for the Passive Bitter Pit Prediction Model pfd

Pollinator Webinar Series - Summer 2020

The Pollinator Webinar Series presented by Penn State cover bee health and pollination services.

Bloom Pesticides for Pollinator Health

A reference table created by Janet van Zoeren and Anna Wallis, is now available at|pests.

"How to" Zoom: YouTube Video Link Available

To ensure the health and safety of everyone we are practicing social distancing.  Specialists are still available for consult via phone calls, emails, and Zoom meetings. Zoom  allows for a face to face meeting via a computer/smartphone and includes the option for screen sharing.  For anyone new to this technology Cornell has created a basic YouTube video on How to use Zoom.  

Pollinator Resouces

Now available Pollinator Resource Links

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.