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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2022 DEC Special Permit Training

Event Details


April 22, 2022


Emails containing training materials and instructions will start being sent out on April 11th


English Speaking Special Permit : $20.00
(addl attendee $20.00 ea.)
Please include the supervisor's name (if different from above registration name) & spray license number in NOTE TO US

Spanish Speaking Special Permit : $20.00
(addl attendee $20.00 ea.)
Please include the supervisor's name (if different from above registration name) & spray license number in NOTE TO US


Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Independent Virtual Training Format

Special Permit Training (SPT) for 2022 will be offered again this year in a virtual format. It will be the responsibility of the Supervisor/Certified Pesticide Applicator(s) on each farm to administer the pre-recorded training modules and written exam to their Special Permit trainees.  This includes ensuring trainees follow along using the study sheets, participate in the practice test questions, and do not cheat on the exam.

Special Permits will only be issued for 8 specific pesticide labels.  This will relieve the certified pesticide applicator from "on-site within voice contact" supervision of non-certified pesticide applicators when they are handling federally-restricted-use pesticides for which they hold a Special Permit.  The labels that will be covered include:

  • Endigo ZC
  • Warrior II with Zeon Technology
  • Agri-Mek SC
  • Besiege
  • Leverage 360
  • Danitol 2.4EC
  • Mustang Maxx
  • Lannate LV

(no Gramoxone again this year. Lorsban is no longer registered)

All Pesticide Handlers Need to Complete Training and Pass Exam

 This year, all pesticide handlers are required to complete the 3-hour training modules and pass the exam (70% correct or higher).

Registration Deadline - Extended to April 3, previously Wednesday, March 30, 2022 

Emails containing training materials will be sent out the week of April 11, you will then have until May 16th to complete the training and mail the tests back. 

Training Completion & SPT Materials Submission Deadline - Monday, May 16, 2022

When you register, you will provide the names of all SPT trainees, and the supervisor/licensed pesticide applicator name and their pesticide license number.  From your registration information, we will prepare customized paperwork for your farm SPT training.  All of the necessary training materials and documents associated with Special Permit applications will be sent to your farm along with a private link to access the training modules. 

After completion of training modules and exam for each worker, Special Permit applications are to be submitted to Janet van Zoeren in CCE Orleans.  You will receive Special Permits for each worker who passed their exam in the mail from NYSDEC.  Ideally, all farms will have completed SPT training and submitted their material by May 16, 2022. 

If you have workers that continue to "trickle in" after your first round of training, it will absolutely be possible for you to train them and apply for their Special Permits at a later time.  Please pre-register these workers at this time.  Note, that your pesticide handlers do not need to be in the country for you to pre-register them by the deadline.   

If you have any issues with online registration or would like to register off line, contact Liz Tee ( or Kim Hazel (; 585-798-4265 x126).


For more information or any questions, please contact Janet Van Zoeren at 585-797-8368 / or Christy Hoepting at 585-721-6953 /

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Upcoming Events

Farm Food Safety Meeting

December 5, 2022
Newark, NY

This meeting will focus on updates and key considerations in farm food safety. Topics to be covered include agricultural water quality assessments, traceability procedures, tips for improving flow and efficiency in wash/pack facilities, cleaning and sanitation updates, plus plenty of discussion to answer your questions. 

Annual LOF Advisory Committee Meeting

December 16, 2022
Spencerport, NY

Please join us in-person 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. Please pre-registration by December 13th.


Save the Date! - Scroll down for Upcoming Events

2022 Events - for details and registration info click on the event title of interest:
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.

Have you missed a meeting recently?  All recorded LOFP hosted webinars can be found on our YouTube Channel

NOW - please scroll down to find the link to the short NY Herbicide Resistance Survey!

5 Dec - Farm Food Safety Meeting - 9am - 4pm - Wayne CCE Building - $15 - preregistration required

16 Dec - LOF Advisory Committee Meeting - 10am - 3pm - Ogden Town Hall - please preregister by 13 Dec


Date TBA -  Winter Fruit Schools - Details to follow

Date TBA - Virtual Statewide Tree Fruit Meeting w/Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program - Details to follow

NY Herbicide Resistance Survey

With the recent documentation of evolved herbicide resistance in New York, including Palmer amaranth (glyphosate, ALS-inhibitors), waterhemp (glyphosate, ALS-inhibitors), horseweed (glyphosate, ALS-inhibitors, paraquat), lambsquarters (bentazon), Cornell wants to better understand the current "state of the state" with respect to herbicide performance and failure. Specifically, we are surveying growers/land managers/crop consultants/extension specialists/industry personnel, across cropped (e.g. agronomic, vegetable, fruit), ornamental/horticultural (e.g. Christmas tree farms, golf courses), and non-cropped (e.g. industrial, roadsides) systems in NY to describe the distribution of herbicide resistance in the state. This survey is VERY SHORT and should be QUICK to answer. It is also COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS. Your responses will help Cornell weed scientists plan future research and extension projects. Please access the survey using the link below:

Pollinator Resouces

Now available Pollinator Resource Links

Meeting Recordings Now Available

Did you miss the recent meeting?  Check and see if we recorded it and added it to our website or Lake Ontario Fruit Program YouTube Channel.

Honeycrisp Meetup recordings available here.

Why are my trees growing so poorly? recording available here.

Additional Recorded Webinars listing with recording and resource link are available at

New Publication on Growing Pawpaws

Are you a fan of pawpaws? These custardy fruits can be hard to come across, so this guide provides information on how to grow your own pawpaw from seed, and how to care for grafted seedlings. Pdf on growing now available.​|crops|unusual_fruit|crop*50

New Weed Management Technology Survey

Want to move away from herbicide reliance? Are you using novel technologies to manage weeds? We want to know about it to inform our weed science research. A team of weed scientists from University of California Davis, Oregon State University, and Cornell University are asking berry, tree fruit, tree nut, and vine crop growers to take 5 to 10 minutes and answer this short and anonymous survey. Weed Technology Survey link:

For more information on this survey please visit

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.