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

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

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January 2018

2018 Becker Forum: Farm Employment Practices - Planning for the Future

January 15, 2018
8:30 AM registration, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Syracuse, NY

2018 Becker Forum: Farm Employment Practices - Planning for the Future
The 2018 Becker Forum will take place on Monday, January 15, one day prior to the opening of the Empire State Producers Expo. The forum will focus on agricultural workforce issues with three general themes: securing a legal agricultural workforce, labor law compliance and H-2A program topics.

2018 Empire State Producers EXPO

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 16 - January 18, 2018
1.25 hr sessions throughout each day
Syracuse, NY

2018 Empire State Producers EXPO
The 2018 Empire State Producers Expo 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 the surrounding states and Eastern Canada. 

FSMA Grower Training Courses

January 16 - January 20, 2018

Who Should Attend? Click here for FSMA Produce Safety Rule Timeline. Commercial fruit & vegetable growers who gross more than 500K/yr need to be in compliance for most produce by this January, January 2019 for >250K-500K, and January 2020 for >25K-250K.

Click view details for more info and registration links.

Produce Grower Food Safety Training - FSMA and GAPs/HGAPs

January 30, 2018 : FSMA and GAPs/HGAPs Produce Safety Alliance Training Course

January 31, 2018 : Workshop on Farm Food Safety Plan Writing

FSMA and GAPs/HGAPs Produce Safety Alliance Training Course
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 January 31. Separate registration required.


February 2018

2018 Lake Ontario Winter Fruit School Lockport

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 5, 2018
8am - 4:30pm
Lockport, NY

2018 Lake Ontario Winter Fruit School Lockport
Regional winter education meetings for commercial tree fruit & small fruit industries in Western NY.

2.75 DEC credits available.
Bring your DEC Applicator ID. If you need DEC credits, please arrive on time to sign the roster and plan to stay all day. DEC will not allow partial credit.

Click details for registration.

2018 Lake Ontario Winter Fruit School

February 5, 2018 : Winter Fruit School Lockport

February 6, 2018 : Winter Fruit School Newark

2.75 DEC re-certification credits available the exact number is being determined

Bring your DEC Applicator ID. If you need DEC credits, please arrive on time to sign the roster and plan to stay all day. DEC will not allow partial credit.

Program (speakers & topics confirmed, order of presentations differs by day see agendas below)

  • Protected Culture: Low Tunnels, High Tunnels, Exclusion Netting and How to Control SWD in These Situations - Laura McDermott, CCE-ENYCHP
  • Cherry Fruit Fly - Margaret Kelly, NYS Dept. of Ag & Mkts
  • Launch of the New Precision Smart App - Poliana Francescatto & Jaume Lordan, Cornell
  • IPM update - Tess Grasswitz, CCE-LOF
  • FSMA Update/Requirements - Craig Kahlke, CCE-LOF
  • Building a Fruiting Wall for Future Technology - Mario Miranda Sazo, CCE-LOF
  • Orchard Soil Health - David Granatstein, WSU
  • New York Apple Association—Marketing New York Apples (summary of promotional activities for 2017 crop year and NYAA's strategic work plan) - Cynthia Haskins, NYAA
  • Labor Update - Brett Kast (Niagara County) & Liz Madison (Wayne County)
  • Using Whole-Farm Revenue Protection with Yield Insurance for Fruit Production - Jenny Ifft, Cornell
  • Importance of Bacterial Strains in Cultivar Response to Fire Blight - Awais Khan, Cornell
  • Hail Netting: Is it Right for Your Farm? - Liz Higgins, CCE-ENYCHP
  • Hispanic Worker Training - Kat McCarthy (Niagara County) & Anu Rangarajan (Wayne County), Cornell
  • Orchard Weed Mgmt - Davis Granatstein, WSU
  • Round Table Unanswered questions/discussion any of the day's talks

2018 Lake Ontario Winter Fruit School Newark

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 6, 2018
8am - 4:30pm
Newark, NY

Regional winter education meetings for commercial tree fruit & small fruit industries in Western NY.

2.75 DEC credits available.
Bring your DEC Applicator ID. If you need DEC credits, please arrive on time to sign the roster and plan to stay all day. DEC will not allow partial credit.

Check details for registration.

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention

February 21 - February 22, 2018
Niagara Falls, ON

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention is an annual gathering of horticultural crop producers involved in the production of fruits and vegetables.

Postponed - Lake Ontario Fruit Team Communications Focus Group

February 27, 2018
AM - details TBA
Hilton, NY

This event has been postponed - registration will reopen when a new date is set.

Please join us and share your thoughts on how the Lake Ontario Fruit Team should best communicate with you, the stakeholders!  Technology information overload is upon us - the Lake Ontario Fruit Team wants to use the platforms that best serve you best.  We need your feedback and ideas!

Cider Tasting & Sensory Education for Apple Growers

February 27, 2018
Lunch - 12PM; Meeting - 1:00PM - 2:30PM (Communications Focus Group Meeting -AM)
Hilton, NY

This tasting, led by grower-cider makers from the Finger Lakes and Lake Ontario, will give an overview of the components of orchard-based cider, and illustrate why older varieties and cider apples are prized in fermentation.
Register by February 9, 2018.




March 2018

Candidate Interviews for CCE-LOF Business Managment Position

March 2, 2018
All day (specific TBA)
Newark, NY

We have 2 strong candidates for this critical position.  Please join us to hear their seminars, ask questions and evaluate the candidates that could be your future Business Management Fruit Specialist.
Pre-register by February 28, 2018.

2018 Pre-Exam Training & Test to Become A Certified Pesticide Applicator

March 13 - March 19, 2018
Classes - March 13 & 15 from 8am - 12:30pm Test - March 19 from 9am - 12pm
Albion, NY

 Pre-Exam Workshop - Pre-register by 26 Feb 2018 with Kim Hazel @ 585-798-4265 ext. 26.
March 13 & 15, 8am-12:30pm
Cost: $50 payable to CCE-Orleans Co.
Certification Exam - to register for exam or if you have questions contact: Justin Schoff @ 607-622-8290.
March 19, 9am-12pm
Cost: $100 payable to DEC

FSMA 7 Hour Grower Training Course - Registration Closed

March 16, 2018
8AM - 5:15PM
Newark, NY

Registration Closed - Course Full

Save the Date: Friday, March 16, 2018
Cost & Registration: $70 per farm, maximum of 2 people/farm.
All of you should be aware of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) signed into federal law by President Obama in 2011. I have been writing about it and offering courses for nearly 2 years. If you are not exempt from the Produce Safety Rule, one of the requirements is to take a 7-hour grower training course.
Click details for more information.

2018 CCE-LOF Spanish Winter Fruit Schools

March 16, 2018 : 2018 CCE - LOF Spanish Fruit School - Wayne

March 17, 2018 : 2018 CCE-LOF Spanish Fruit School - Orleans

March 16, 2018 - Our Lady of Guadalupe - Roman Catholic Church
March 17, 2018 - Orchard Dale Fruit Farm

Pre-register by March 12th

This years Spanish - speaking fruit school program will provide an indepth and current look at orchard horticulture, pests, hard cider, as well as a review of skills for success and management.

2018 Pruning Workshop of Apple Orchards in Oswego

March 21, 2018
1:30-4pm
Mexico, NY

Modern pruning techniques of young and mature high density plantings, how to correct/improve "bushy" canopies.

Apple Crop Insurance Plan for Information Collection Listening Sessions

March 21, 2018 : Monroe County

March 23, 2018 : Ulster County

Apple Crop Insurance Plan Information Collection
Listening Sessions for Growers, Insurance Co. Staff & Agents

Agralytica of Alexandria, Virginia is conducting a review of the apple insurance plan on behalf of the USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA). As part of the review, Agralytica staff will hold listening sessions with growers, insurance staff and other interested parties in several states. For New York, the sessions will be on March 21 in Rochester and March 23 in Highland. Participants from New England states are also welcome at the Highland session.


April 2018

2018 Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training (Wayne County)

April 4, 2018
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM English Session / 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Spanish Session
Newark, NY

2018 Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training (Wayne County)
Just like last year, Special Permits (SP) will only be issued for 11 specific pesticide labels and SP trainees will have to pass a test. 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 Lorsban Advanced, Endigo ZC, Warrior II with Zeon Technology, Agri-Mek SC, Beseige, Gramoxone SL 2.0, Leverage 360, Danitol 2.4EC, Mustang Maxx, Asana XL, and Lannate LV.

Workers requiring general pesticide training/Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Handler training who do not need special permits are welcome to take the class; they will not be tested and will receive a course participation certificate.

Statewide Honeycrisp Sensory Evaluation - Niagara/Orleans & Eastern NY Blocks

April 4, 2018
10 AM - 2 PM
Geneva, NY

Growers and collaborators,

As most of you know, I've been working on a statewide precision harvest management experiment, that is a continuation of Terence Robinson's work with some modifications. It focuses on Honeycrisp within the 3 main production regions of the state, in which all of some of you were involved.

The main goal of this experiment is to develop guidelines for precision harvest management by determining if Honeycrisp orchards can be evaluated at harvest for storage potential using fruit dry matter content, fruit mineral (peel and flesh) content, the DA meter, and piecing together complex block histories and cultural practices.

2018 Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training (Orleans County)

April 5, 2018
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM English & Spanish sessions
Albion, NY

2018 Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training (Orleans County)
Just like last year, Special Permits (SP) will only be issued for 11 specific pesticide labels and SP trainees will have to pass a test. 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 Lorsban Advanced, Endigo ZC, Warrior II with Zeon Technology, Agri-Mek SC, Beseige, Gramoxone SL 2.0, Leverage 360, Danitol 2.4EC, Mustang Maxx, Asana XL, and Lannate LV.

Workers requiring general pesticide training/Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Handler training who do not need special permits are welcome to take the class; they will not be tested and will receive a course participation certificate.

Statewide Honeycrisp Sensory Evaluation - Wayne County Blocks

April 5, 2018
10 AM - 2 PM
Geneva, NY

Growers and collaborators,

As most of you know, I've been working on a statewide precision harvest management experiment, that is a continuation of Terence Robinson's work with some modifications. It focuses on Honeycrisp within the 3 main production regions of the state, in which all of some of you were involved.

The main goal of this experiment is to develop guidelines for precision harvest management by determining if Honeycrisp orchards can be evaluated at harvest for storage potential using fruit dry matter content, fruit mineral (peel and flesh) content, the DA meter, and piecing together complex block histories and cultural practices.




May 2018

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

FSMA 7 Hour Grower Training Course
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.


June 2018

2018 CCE LOF PGR Orchard Tour

June 29, 2018
8am - 1:30pm; lunch & celebration 2-5pm
Geneva, NY

We invite you to attend the talk titled "Understanding the Use of Plant Growth Regulators (PGRs) on Growth and Development of Fruit Trees" (Poliana Francescatto, NYSAES, Geneva), followed by a tour of her research plots at the NYSAES on Friday June 29, from 8am until 1:30pm. Following the tour, there will be a lunch buffet and a grower celebration to honor Poliana's work accomplishments at the Ramada Lakefront Hotel in Geneva from 2-5pm. Pre-register by 25 June 2018
View Details for more information and registration.



July 2018

LOF Summer Fruit Tour 2018

July 12, 2018
All Day

LOF Summer Fruit Tour 2018
Register now for this free annual tour featuring cutting edge farms. Annual tour featuring the following cutting edge farms: Smith Brothers, VanDeWalle Fruit Farm, and Cherry Lawn Farms. Attendees will see tree decline on NY-1, a successful On-farm nursery, large new tall spindle plantings of high-value varieties, the economics of new high density plantings, hail-netting, soil health, and more!

Register by July 10th!



August 2018

LOF NextGen Young Fruit Farmer Study Tour 2018

August 2 - August 4, 2018
Thursday August 2 morning through Saturday August 4 evening
Gettysburg, PA

LOF NextGen Young Fruit Farmer Study Tour 2018

Online Registration is Now Open for NextGen Young Fruit Grower Study Tour in PA, August 2-4!


The 3rd annual NextGen Young Fruit Farmer Study Tour will be held in the Adams County region of Pennsylvania August 2nd-4th.

The Young Growers Alliance (YGA) of Pennsylvania, the LOF team, the Future Fruit Growers of Lake Ontario, along with Matt Wells (New York Apple Sales), have organized an excellent itinerary.

The study tour is focused on helping next generation growers develop the knowledge and skills needed to take their family farms into the future.

Online registration is now open! Click "View Details" for more information about the event and to register!

If you do not receive a confirmation email after submitting the registration form, please contact Mark at mw883@cornell.edu or 315-272-8530!

Western NY Hard Cider Tour - Online Registration is Closed

August 6, 2018
9am-3pm; 3:30pm Optional cider tasting at Mullers Cider House
Wolcott, NY

Limited walk-ins accepted.  Please call Craig at 585-735-5448.
Come visit the orchards of the first NY growers of European and American Hard Cider varieties.
Tour will include 2 farms and 1 nursery in Wayne County, ending (optional) with a tasting at Mullers Cider House, Rochester. The tour & lunch are $5 with registration has been extended to Aug 2nd.

Fresh Market Vegetable Grading & Packing Workshop

August 21, 2018
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Deposit, NY

Fresh Market Vegetable Grading & Packing Workshop
Are you interested in farm to school or selling to institutional markets? Maybe you'd like to know more about grading and packing your fresh market produce right in the field? CCE Broome County, in partnership with the CCE Cornell Vegetable Program and the Cornell Baskets to Pallets program, is offering a hands-on, on-farm experience designed to prepare farms in NY, both beginning and experienced, to enter new markets.

2018 CCE LOF Hispanic Summer Fruit Tour - Registration Period Extended!

August 25, 2018
1:30pm - 5:30pm

Preregistration is required for this FREE event.  This tour of 2 Wanye County orchards will include horticultural stops hosted by Adan Aguilera form VanDeWalle Fruit Farm and Hormisa Bellona and Ignacio "Nacho" Onofre form Teeple Fruit Farm.



September 2018

Cornell Fruit Pest Control Field Days & Networking Lunch with Industry

September 6 - September 7, 2018
8:30am - Registration

The Cornell Fruit Pest Control Field Days will take place during Labor Day week on Sept. 6-7 this year, with the Geneva portion taking place on Thursday Sept. 6, and the Hudson Valley installment on the second day, Friday, Sept. 7.

USDA-ARS Apple, Grape, and Tart Cherry Germplasm Collection Tour

September 15, 2018
9 AM - 11 AM
Geneva, NY

A tour through the orchard and vineyard discussing the fruit germplasm collection.
Click view details for more information.



October 2018

Using Unmanned Aircraft in the Orchard

October 20, 2018
Orleans County 10-30am - NOON; Wayne County 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Free Drone Orchard Use Workshop on 20 October 2018
Same Informative Drone Workshop  Offered at 2 Different Locations
10:30am - Noon @ Lamont Fruit Farm
1:30pm - 3:30pm @ VanDeWalle Fruit Farm
View Details for registration information.



November 2018

2018 Cornell Agribusiness Strategic Marketing Conference

November 7 - November 8, 2018

Developing your brand and marketing strategies to increase sales.

For more info. click details or for registration, and agenda visit: https://dyson.cornell.edu/outreach/strategic-marketing-conference.html

94th Annual Cumberland-Shenandoah Fruit Workers Conference

November 29 - November 30, 2018
NA
Winchester, VA

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 IS THE DEADLINE FOR DISCOUNTED PRE-REGISTRATION ($70) AND SUBMISSION OF PRESENTATION TITLES.

Other important dates to remember:
• November 14: Pre-registration deadline. Onsite registration only after this date.
• November 15: Hotel reservation deadline for the discounted conference rate.



December 2018

FREE NY Pollinator Habitat Short Course register ASAP to receive all course materials

December 6, 2018
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Newark, NY

This full day workshop will focus on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators, especially bees, in agricultural landscapes. The course will provide an overview of bee natural history and farm practices that support pollinators, such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators.




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Upcoming Events

How to Obtain a Pesticide Applicator License

December 2, 2020

Thinking about becoming a certified pesticide applicator in New York? This online program will cover the basics of who needs a pesticide license, license types, examination procedures, and important information to know for the test. We will incorporate interactive practice questions and activities within the program to test participant knowledge in preparation for the exam.

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!

Announcements

Save the Date! - Scroll down for Upcoming Virtual

2020-21 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.

2020

Nov 11 - Managing Stone Fruit Bacterial Disease Problems Webinar - 6pm-8:60pm, 1.5 DEC credits, must register by Nov 6th

Nov 13 - IPM Forum: New Tools of IPM - 12:50-2:30pm 

Nov 18-20,23-24 - Labor Roadshow IV - webinars starting at 12pm

Dec 2 - How to Obtain a Pesticide Applicator License - 1pm-3:30pm, Register by November 30

2021 

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:



Summer Fruit Series:







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 https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=711&crumb=pests|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.