Lake Ontario Fruit Program Enrollment

Program Areas

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

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

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Event Offers DEC Credits

Event Details


July 12, 2017


Registration & DEC Credit Sign Up, 8 AM, Program Runs 8:30 AM to approximately 4 - 4:30 PM


5 Cutting Edge Fruit Farms in Niagara, Orleans, and Monroe Counties Along Beautiful Lake Ontario


This event is free.


Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Pre-Registration Deadline: July 9, 2017


2017 LOF Summer Fruit Tour - Sticking to the Lake!

July 12, 2017

Pack for comfort & the weather: bring hats, sunscreen, umbrellas, and a chair if you do not want to stand too long. Bring Your DEC Pesticide Applicator ID’s -DEC Pesticide Recertification Credits Offered: 0.75 hrs AM, 1.00 hrs PM, in categories 10, 1A, and 22.

Look for Cornell Fruit Event Signs at each of the following Stops!

Stop 1 - Lakeside Orchards, 4850 E. Lake Rd., Burt, NY 14028. Follow Cornell Fruit Event signs and turn into the driveway across from mailbox 4851, onto the South Side of Route 18. Park in large open fields to the West of the Registration Tents and Along the Orchards in needed.

Registration & DEC Credit Sign-Up 8-8:30 AM
8:30 AM " 9 AM Leopard moth, Trojan horse or resident alien? Tess Grasswitz, Doug Ingersoll
9 " 9:30 AM Nutrition on High Value Apple Varieties, Lailiang Cheng, Mario Miranda Sazo, John King

9:35 to 9:45 AM Travel to Stop 2

Stop 2 Bittner-Singer Orchards, 7171 Lake Rd., Appleton, NY 14008 (Park at MarJim Manor)

9:45 to 10 AM Establishing a Perpendicular V system in Peaches & Nectarines, Kevin Bittner, Mario Miranda Sazo
10 to 10:25 AM An Organic Tall Spindle Apple Orchard, Jim Bittner, Art Agnello, Kerik Cox
10:25 to 10:45 AM Precision Irrigation for High Density Apples on Dwarfing Rootstocks, Jaume Lordan

10:50 to 11:30 AM Travel to Stops 3 & 4 Stop 3 Zingler Farms, 1469 Norway Rd, Kendall, NY 14476 (Park in Designated Areas, See Map)

11:35 AM Noon Precision Chemical Thinning Multiple Years, Poliana Francescatto, Mario Miranda Sazo, Jimmy Zingler
Receive AM DEC credits

Stop 4 Lunch, Zingler Farms, same location, 12-1:30 PM
Receive AM DEC credits
Network with Sponsors, growers/industry
Equipment Demos
Robotic Crop Estimator & others
DEC credits PM registration

1:30 to 1:55 PM Travel to Stop 5

Stop 5 Burch Farms, Frank & Hale Burch Farms, 342 Curtis Rd., Hilton, NY 14468 Follow Signs and park in Double-Open Rows in Northeast Corner of Orchard.

2 to 2:30 PM Brown Marmorated Stinkbug Trap Comparison, Art Agnello, Tess Grasswitz, Jim Burch
2:30 to 2:45 PM Mechanisms of Resistance Research in Fire Blight and Scab, Awais Khan

2:45 to 2:55 PM Travel to Stop 6

Stop 6, West Wind Fruit Farm & Blue Barn Cidery, 928 Manitou Rd., Hilton, NY 14468. Park in Cidery Lot in Front and in along open fields behind (right side) cidery if needed.

3:00 to 3:20 PM Fine-tuning the Oxbo Mechanical Blueberry Harvester, Jeremy Wolfe
3:20 to 3: 40 PM An update on Spotted Wind Drosophila in Raspberries and other crops, Greg Loeb
3:40 to 3:55 PM Peck Lab Hard Cider Research Updates, Greg Peck, Craig Kahlke
Receive DEC credits
Optional tour of Cidery with your hosts, Jill & Jeremy Wolfe (Sorry No Tastings Available Yet )

Adjourn 4 to 4:30 PM

Sponsor Set-up and LunchMap (PDF; 356KB)

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Upcoming Events

FSMA 7 Hour Grower Training Course Plus optional 2nd Day Farm Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop

May 2, 2018 : FSMA 7 Hour Grower Training Course

May 3, 2018 : Optional Farm Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop

This program is for fruit and vegetable growers who need Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) certification or GAPs/HGAPs (Good Agricultural Practices/ Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices) training required by buyers (i.e. 3rd-party food safety audits based on a written food safety plan) or if you are just interested in learning about produce safety.

Over the course of the training, certified Produce Safety Alliance trainers will cover content contained in these seven modules:
  • Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Soil Amendments
  • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use 
  • Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water) 
  • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation 
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
An optional farm food safety plan writing workshop is offered on May 3. Separate registration required.
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July 12 - Lake Ontario Fruit Program Summer Tour - Wayne County

August 2-4 - Young Growers Tour - Pennsylvania

August 6 - Hard Cider Tour - Western NY

Please check back for more details.

FSMA Training & Optional Workshop

2 May - FSMA 7 Hour Grower Training Course
3 May - Farm Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop
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Farm Employee Compensation Benchmark Survey

By participating in the Farm Employee Compensation Benchmark survey you can find out how your employee compensation compares to benchmark data in your farm industry and across the state. More details and link to the survey at:|business

Fit Testing Organizations

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Don't Forget to take the Agricultural Labor Survey

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2018 Fruit School Presentations Now Available

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2017 Census of Agriculture Info

For info on 2017 Census of Agriculture click here

2017 Census of Agriculture

Producers who are new to farming or did not receive a Census of Agriculture in 2012 still have time to sign up to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture report form by visiting and clicking on the Make Sure You Are Counted' button through June. NASS defines a farm as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year (2017).

For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture and to see how census data are used, visit or call (800) 727-9540.

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