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February 2023

Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Training & Food Safety Plan-Writing Workshop

February 2 - February 3, 2023
8:45AM-~4:30PM on February 2, 8:45AM-~2PM on February 3
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County
Newark, NY

Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Training & Food Safety Plan-Writing Workshop

Goals of this workshop:

  • Understand how GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices) impact produce safety, and how you can improve practices on your farm to reduce the risk of microbial contamination
  • Learn the difference between a FSMA Inspection and a GAPs audit, and learn what is needed to have a USDA GAP/GHP audit and the 2 types (Basic & Harmonized)
  • Begin writing a farm food safety plan that complies with a USDA GAP/GHP Audit
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This workshop is targeted at Mott's growers who need to have a successful GAP audit for the 2023 harvest. However, all farms and organizations are invited to attend.  

We will have several breaks, including a lunch break, scattered throughout the day, but feel free to step away whenever you need to. Lunch and snacks provided. Note: All times are approximate. Time spent on each topic varies depending on audience and questions/discussion. There will be time for questions at the end of each section and a final opportunity for questions when we close for the day.  

Instructors Confirmed: Craig Kahlke (CCE-LOF), Robert Hadad (CCE-CVP), Caroline Boutard-Hunt (CCE-Yates), Judy Wright (CCE-Seneca), and Representatives from NYS Dept. of Ag & Mkts.

SAVE THE DATES

December 13 - December 15, 2022February 2 - February 8, 2023February 21 - February 23, 2023

Save the Dates for the following Winter Meetings:

  • NOFA NY Virtual Winter Conference, February 2-5, 2023
  • Empire State Expo, Oncenter Syracuse, February 6-7 2023
  • Becker Forum, Oncenter Syracuse, February 8, 2023
  • Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program Regional Winter Meeting, The Desmond Hotel, Albany, February 21-23, 2023 

How Profitable Will My New Orchard Investment Be? 1-day, hands-on skills class

February 7, 2023
9am - 4pm
Cornell Hudson Valley Lab
Highland, NY

The Eastern NY Commercial Hort Team and the Lake Ontario Fruit Team are offering a 1-day, hands-on course at 5 locations in NYS in January and February for tree fruit farms on using farm financial information and other resources to make decisions about long-term investments or changes to their business.  We will apply the techniques covered in the 8-part webinar series in December to scenarios using sample financial data from fruit farms in NYS.

How Profitable Will My New Orchard Investment Be? 1-day, hands-on skills class in the Hudson Valley

February 7, 2023
9:00-4:00
Cornell Hudson Valley Lab
Highland, NY

The Eastern NY Commercial Hort Team and the Lake Ontario Fruit Team are offering a 1-day, hands-on course for tree fruit farms on using farm financial information and other resources to make decisions about long-term investments or changes to their business.  We will apply the techniques covered in the 8-part webinar series in December to scenarios using sample financial data from fruit farms in NYS.  You will work with others in a group through a series of problems and leave with a better sense of how you can organize and interpret your own financial information to make better long-term investment decisions about your farm business.  THIS SESSION IS AT THE CORNELL HUDSON VALLEY LAB 

How Profitable Will My New Orchard Investment Be? 1-day, hands-on skills class in Northern NY

February 9, 2023
9:00-4:00
CCE Clinton County
Plattsburgh, NY

The Eastern NY Commercial Hort Team and the Lake Ontario Fruit Team are offering a 1-day, hands-on course for tree fruit farms on using farm financial information and other resources to make decisions about long-term investments or changes to their business.  We will apply the techniques covered in the 8-part webinar series in December to scenarios using sample financial data from fruit farms in NYS.  You will work with others in a group through a series of problems and leave with a better sense of how you can organize and interpret your own financial information to make better long-term investment decisions about your farm business.  THIS SESSION IS AT THE CCE CLINTON COUNTY OFFICE

Apple Leafcurling Midge IPM - Webinar

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 16, 2023
1:30pm - 2:35pm

In recent years, the apple leafcurling midge (ALCM) has become an increasingly problematic pest in many orchards across the northeast.

Apple Leafcurling Midge IPM Webinar

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 16, 2023
1:30pm to 2:35pm
Zoom Webinar

In recent years, the apple leafcurling midge (ALCM) has become an increasingly problematic pest in many orchards across the northeast. Due to its small size and tendency to damage the newest terminal growth, growers often don't notice there is a problem until it is too late to manage effectively. In this webinar, Kristy Grigg-McGuffin (Horticulture IPM Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agricultural, Food, and Rural Affairs) will discuss Ontario's experience with ALCM, including its biology, monitoring, biological control, and chemical management.

DEC Credits Available: 1 credit in categories A1, 10, 22

Register here:

https://cornell.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUvf-CuqDMjHt0rRzLXGR7LiMVeh-K6dyrO

LOF's Business Management Specialist Position Evaluations

February 17, 2023
Please arrive 5 minutes early 10:15pm - 11am & 1pm - 1:45pm
Irondequoit Public Library
Rochester, NY

Please join us in this very important process of participating in the evaluation of our 2 finalists for our Business Management Specialist position. 

2023 ENYCHP Fruit & Vegetable Conference

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 22 - February 23, 2023
The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center
Albany, NY

Join us for two days filled with informative sessions on Tree Fruit, Vegetables, Small Fruit, Grapes, and more!

Western NY Fruit Conference - "State of the Industry"

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 27 - February 28, 2023
Monday 12 PM-5PM, with optional banquet dinner. Tuesday 8AM-5PM
RIT Inn & Conference Center
Henrietta, NY

Apologies, but we are at capacity for the program on Tuesday, Feb 28. There are only Monday (half day) registrations available. If you want to register one or more from your organization for the half day program on Monday, Feb 27, please contact Natalie Mrzywka at 585-798-4265, ext. 122 or nlm53@cornell.edu ASAP.

March 2023

Fire Blight Informational Series - Michigan Fire Blight Meeting

March 1, 2023 : Michigan Fire Blight Meeting
9am - 2pm
Virtual Or Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center
Traverse City, MI

The team leading the national fire blight SCRI grant "Comprehensive Fire Blight Management for the United States" is hosting a March meeting (in person or virtual) as well as a webinar series. This multi-state series will address new research on best management practices for fire blight control. You are encouraged to attend these events which will provide cutting edge research recommendations into how to manage fire blight. Each session eligible for some DEC credits (see below for quantities, and bottom of article for direction on how to receive credit).

How to Obtain a Pesticide Applicator License

March 2, 2023
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Online via Zoom

Thinking about becoming a certified pesticide applicator in New York?  Join DEC representative Brian Primeau for a discussion on who needs a pesticide license, license types, examination procedures, and recertification. Participants will have ample opportunity to ask questions during the program.  

2023 Statewide Virtual Apple Conference

March 3, 2023
9:30am - 2:15pm
Virtual

CCE-LOF are excited to bring you another winter tree fruit conference in concert with our counterparts in Eastern NY, CCE-ENYCHP.

Pesticide Certification Exam Prep Course

March 14 - March 15, 2023
8:30am to 12:00pm
Online via Zoom

Are you planning to become a certified pesticide applicator in 2023? Join ENYCHP specialists for an in-depth review of topics covered on the NYS DEC pesticide applicator certification exam. This two-day virtual course includes explanation of key concepts on the core exam, test-taking tips for the core and category exam, practice questions, and Q&A with instructors. Course materials, including program recordings, practice exams, and DEC materials will be available to registrants after the program. This training is geared toward certification categories 1A (agricultural plant), 21 (field and forage), 22 (fruit), and 23 (vegetable). 

Listening Sessions - Spring 2023 Apple Grower Meeting

March 14, 2023
10am-12pm
Irondequoit Public Library (Room #115)
Rochester, NY

POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER - LIKELY RESCHEDULED IN LATE JUNE. STAY TUNED.

Fire Blight Informational Webinar Series

March 15, 2023 : Using biopesticides to help control fire blight
7 - 8pm (EST)
Webinar

The team leading the national fire blight SCRI grant "Comprehensive Fire Blight Management for the United States" is hosting a webinar series. This multi-state series will address new research on best management practices for fire blight control. 

Virtual Stone Fruit Webinar

March 16, 2023
1pm - 2:30pm
virtual via Zoom

CCE LOFP and CCE ENYCHP are cohosting a virtual stone fruit webinar on March 16th.  There is a free event.

Winter Stone Fruit Updates Webinar

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 16, 2023
1:00pm-2:30pm
Zoom

CCE LOFP and CCE ENYCHP are cohosting a virtual stone fruit webinar on March 16th.  We will first hear from Dr. Brett Blaauw from the University of Georgia/Clemson University on the use of mating disruption for peach tree borers.  We will then hear from Dr. Terence Robinson as he gives his recommendations from growing sweet cherries on dwarfing rootstocks under rain covers in New York. 

This program is eligible for .75 DEC credits in categories 1A, 10, and 22.  


2023 Wayne County - DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator License Pre-Exam Training

March 17, 2023 : DEC Certified Applicator Pre-Exam Training Day 1
8am Sign-In; 8:30am-12:30pm
Wayne County Cornell Cooperative Ext.
Newark, NY

This training is only for those with experience and does not qualify for the 30-hour official DEC training - you are exempt from the 30 hour training (and eligible for this coaching session) if you have pesticide application experience, either through working on your own farm or through employment on another farm.

2023 Wayne County - DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator License Pre-Exam Training

March 21, 2023 : DEC Certified Applicator Pre-Exam Training Day 2
8am Sign-In; 8:30am-12:30pm
Wayne County Cornell Cooperative Ext.
Newark, NY

This training is only for those with experience and does not qualify for the 30-hour official DEC training - you are exempt from the 30 hour training (and eligible for this coaching session) if you have pesticide application experience, either through working on your own farm or through employment on another farm.

Strep Resistant Erwinia amylovora in New York State Webinar

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 21, 2023
1 - 2:30pm
virtual via Zoom

Strep resistant E. amylovora (SmR Ea) has been found in many parts of New York state in 2022. How worried should growers be who have resistance in their orchards, or in an orchard nearby?

2023 Wayne County - DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator License Exam

March 24, 2023
8:30am Sign-In begins; 9am Exam starts
Wayne County Cornell Cooperative Extension
Newark, NY

A Certification Exam will be administered on March 24 at 9am by the DEC to Qualified Applicants. The fee for the exam is $100: bring a check payable to NYSDEC the day of the exam.  You must register with DEC to take the exam. To register for the exam or if you have questions regarding the Certification Process, please contact Justin Schoff at the Bath DEC office (607) 776-2165.

April 2023

2023 Respirator Fit Testing Clinic

April 4, 2023 : Orleans CCE Fit Testing - afternoon
1pm-5pm
CCE Orleans County
Albion, NY

The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orleans County are pleased to provide respirator fit testing clinics for agricultural businesses in your region on April 4th.

2023 Respirator Fit Testing Clinic

April 5, 2023 : Orleans CCE Fit Testing - morning
9am-12pm
CCE Orleans County
Albion, NY

The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orleans County are pleased to provide respirator fit testing clinics for agricultural businesses in your region on April 5th.

2023 Statewide Virtual Apple Conference Recording

April 11, 2023
RECORDING ACCESS

Now until April 11th access to the recording of this conference is now available for purchase.

2023 DEC Special Permit Training - Wayne County

April 11, 2023
English: 8:30am check-in, 9am - 12:30pm; Spanish: 1pm check-in, 1:30-5pm
CCE Wayne County
Newark, NY

2023 DEC Special Permit Training - Wayne County

Special Permit Training (SPT) for 2023 will be held in person at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Office.

2023 DEC Special Permit Training - Orleans County

April 12, 2023
8am check-in; 8:30am - 12pm concurrent sessions
CCE Orleans County - Trolley Building
Albion, NY

2023 DEC Special Permit Training - Orleans County

Special Permit Training (SPT) for 2023 will be held in person at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Office.

2023 Statewide Virtual Pink Meeting

April 19, 2023
12pm - 1:30pm
Zoom

2023 Statewide Virtual Pink Meeting

CCE Annual Pink Meeting join CCE LOFP & CCE ENYCHP in reviewing horticulture and IPM strategies & recommendations for apples during the pink fruit growth stage.  Please click details & use the link provided to join the zoom meeting.  

Respirator Fit Testing in Wayne County

April 24, 2023
Starts at 9am
Pultneyville Lodge
Pultneyville, NY

A one day clinic for respirator fit testing will be held in Wayne County on April 24. Please be sure to register by April 14th, as space is limited. 

Tree Fruit & Small Fruit Twilight Meetings

Event Offers DEC Credits

April 27, 2023 : Tree Fruit & Small Fruit Twilight Meetings 1 of 4
DEC Credit sign-in 6:45pm; 7-8:30pm
Orchard Dale Fruit Farm
Waterport, NY

Join specialists Janet Van Zoeren, Anya Osatuke, and Anna Wallis for a conversation about fruit and berry phenology and pest management, at a new location each month.

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Upcoming Events

2024 Tree Fruit & Small Fruit Twilight Meetings

Event Offers DEC Credits

April 25, 2024 : Tree Fruit & Small Fruit Twilight Meetings 1 of 4
Newark, NY

Join specialists Janet Van Zoeren, Anya Osatuke, and Anna Wallis for a conversation about fruit and berry phenology and pest management, at a new location each month.


Event Offers DEC Credits

May 30, 2024 : Tree Fruit & Small Fruit Twilight Meetings 2 of 4
Lockport, NY

Join specialists Janet Van Zoeren, Anya Osatuke, Robert Hadad, and Anna Wallis for a conversation about fruit and berry phenology, pest management, food safety and water quality, at a new location each month.


Event Offers DEC Credits

June 27, 2024 : Tree Fruit & Small Fruit Twilight Meetings 3 of 4
Penn Yan, NY

Join specialists Janet Van Zoeren, Anya Osatuke, Robert Hadad, and Anna Wallis for a conversation about fruit and berry phenology, pest management, food safety and water quality, at a new location each month.


Event Offers DEC Credits

July 25, 2024 : Tree Fruit & Small Fruit Twilight Meetings 4 of 4
Mexico, NY

Join specialists Janet Van Zoeren, Anya Osatuke, Robert Hadad, and Anna Wallis for a conversation about fruit and berry phenology, pest management, food safety and water quality, at a new location each month.

Apple Social

July 16, 2024 : Orleans County - Apple Social
Medina, NY

Please join us at this casual networking event for all apple industry folks from Western NY, proudly sponsored by Valent. There will just a brief introduction of the Lake Ontario Fruit Program, and from each of the four specialists.


July 31, 2024 : Wayne County - Apple Social
Williamson, NY

Please join us at this casual networking event for all apple industry folks from Western NY, proudly sponsored by Valent. There will just a brief introduction of the Lake Ontario Fruit Program, and from each of the four specialists.

2nd Annual WNY Fruit Grower Tour

Event Offers DEC Credits

August 13, 2024
Medina, NY

We are excited to announce the second annual Western New York Fruit Grower Tour, the premier fruit tour of the northeast brought to you by Cornell Cooperative Extension's Lake Ontario Fruit Program and Lake Ontario Ag Consulting, LLC!  Located in Orleans County, this orchard field day will highlight new and existing products, chemistries, practices, technologies & equipment that shape the orchard industry today. The Western NY Fruit Grower Tour will again combine two past orchard tour events, the LOF Summer Fruit Tour and the Wayne County Fruit Grower Tour, giving industry members the opportunity to conveniently showcase their product offerings to ONE unified group at ONE time and place!

Announcements

Scaffolds podcast

Many of you probably read Art Agnello's statewide tree fruit updates and recommendations newsletter, "Scaffolds". Dr. Monique Rivera is bringing it back, but in a new audio version. Episode one was recorded this week, and is now available for free online at https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/scaffolds


NYS Tree Decline Survey

Your answers could help find the solution to tree decline in the orchard.

Save the Date! - Scroll down for Upcoming Events

Have you missed a meeting recently? Scroll down for available recordings or pdf links or visits our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/c/LakeOntarioFruitProgram

2024 Events:

18 Jun - Postponed WNY Bilingual Soil Health & Beneficial Fungi Meeting - Check back for future reschedule date!

20 Jun - 2024 Virtual Orchard Meetup Series 'Water Wisdom" Smart Watering: Practices for Irrigation Management - 7PM, Zoom

25 Jun - Virtual IPM Orchard Scout Training 2 - 1:30 - 3pm, Zoom

27 Jun - Tree Fruit & Small Fruit Twilight Meeting 3_4 - 6:30pm-8:30PM, Penn Yan

27 Jun - 2024 Virtual Orchard Meetup Series 'Water Wisdom" Water Wisdom Unplugged: Panelist Q&A - 7PM, Zoom

29 Jun - NYS Honeyberry Conference - 8:30am - 4:30pm, Mexico, Space is limited, register now!

16 July - Apple Social - 6-9 PM, LynOaken Farm Market & Winery, Medina.

25 Jul - Tree Fruit & Small Fruit Twilight Meeting 4_4 - 6:30pm-8:30PM, Mexico

31 July - Apple Social - 6-9 PM, VanAcker Farms, Williamson.

13 Aug - 2nd Annual WNY Fruit Grower Tour - Orleans County

17 Aug - Annual Hispanic Summer Tour - Orleans County, Details to follow!

Feb 4-5, 2025 - Western NY Fruit Conference - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Rochester



Food Safety Virtual Office Hours

Cornell Institute of Food Safety "Virtual Office Hours", Tuesdays Noon to 1pm https://cals.cornell.edu/institute-for-food-safety/resources/virtual-office-hours

Past recorded virtual office hours can be found on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZJs5b7KUuvfcquH3ZtQHo5dSmF2m5MdQ


Webinar Recordings & Additional Meeting Materials

Check out the recordings of some recent webinars and/or conference materials from in person events: Recordings and Playlists are available at https://www.youtube.com/c/LakeOntarioFruitProgram

2024 Virtual Orchard Meetup Series - Water Wisdom: 






2024 Winter Fruit Webinars playlist on the NYS IPM Program YouTube Channel


PACMAN Details and Resources, Meeting Recording Links 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.​ https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=799&crumb=crops|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: https://cornell.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bEpfAijoP7puQDP

For more information on this survey please visit http://blogs.cornell.edu/swd1/2020/12/02/new-weed-management-technology/


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.