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At the annual business meeting on January 31, 2015 we will hold elections of officers and board members. We will also vote on whether to increase annual dues from $75 to $95 for Regular Members (active growers) and from $100 to $125 for commercial members (farm supply companies).

New England Vegetable and Berry Growers’ Association
New England Cooperative Extension
present an
SATURDAY, January 31, 2015
Hudson Lodge of Elks
99 Park Street, Hudson, MA

9:30 Registration: There is a $20.00 Registration Fee. This fee is waived for members of NEV&BGA
10:00 Managing Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. Peter Jentsch, Hudson Valley Labboratory, CCornell University. Discussion will include monitoring populations, threshold development for management, reduced risk insecticide and attract and kill approaches.
10:45 Center for Agriculture Update. Rich Bonanno, UMass.
11:15 Managing Spotted Wing Drosophila. Peter Jentsch, Hudson Valley Laboratory, Cornell University. Discussion will include monitoring populations, threshold development for management, reduced risk insecticide and attract and kill approaches.
NOON Lunch buffet. $13.00. To order lunch contact the Secretary by January 25, 2015. Call (413)665-3501 or email: howell@umext.umass.edu. If you order lunch and cannot attend, please call to cancel; Otherwise we will have to bill you for unpaid meals.
1:00 NEV&BGA Annual Meeting and Election
1:30 What's New with Crop Insurance. Tom Smiarowski and Paul Fisher, UMass
1:55 Putting Together a Farm Food Safety Plan for your farm as part of becoming certified for GAP and Commonwealth Quality. Frank Mangan, Rich Bonanno, Amanda Kinchla and Mike Botelho.
2:45 What's New in Weed Management. Rich Bonanno, UMass.
3:00 Adjourn
NOTE: There will be two hours of pesticide recertification credit for this meeting.

There are no further NEV&BGA meetings scheduled at this time

but other events which may be of interest to our members will be posted here
If you have such an event, please let us know. info@nevbga.org

Other events

Advanced Farm Management — UNH Extension

January 28, February 4, February 11, and February 18, 2015 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Granite State College, Concord NH

March 19, March 26, April 2, and April 9, 2015 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Brigham Hill Community Farm, North Grafton, MA

This workshop is for mid-career producers who are serious about building their financial management and strategic marketing skills. Participants will evaluate their businesses’ overall financial condition and examine the costs and profitability of individual enterprises. With a handle on production costs, participants will be able to assess their marketing plans and options, revise their product mix, and project next year’s profits and cash flow. Each location is limited to 25 participants to facilitate in-depth learning. We encourage multiple people from a farm to attend together.

This workshop series is for those serious about acquiring new skills they can apply immediately in their own farm operations. Participants will need to commit to attending the four sessions, completing homework assignments between sessions, and applying what they learn to their farm operations. To get the most value from this workshop series, participants will need to have a Profit and Loss Statement and a Balance Sheet for their farm. In addition to the four classes, there will be a weekly webinar for people to gain clarity and help with concepts from the previous class.

To apply for this program, please fill out the short questionnaire located at: http://tinyurl.com/nbh6nmk
Pre-registration cost: Application and $25 per farm
Pre-registration Deadline: Two weeks prior to start of session or until session fills (25 people).

Plant Nutrition and Organic Certification for Greenhouse Crops
UMass Extension and MA Flower Growers Association

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM
D&D Farms Inc., 32 Hudson Rd., Stow, MA

Cost: $30 (Includes lunch)

Mail-in Registration Form.

For more information contact:
Tina Smith, Univ. of Mass, Amherst 413-545-5306, tsmithatumext.umass.edu
Geoffrey Njue, Univ. of Mass, Cranberry Exp. Station 508-295-2212 ext. 47, gnjueatumext.umass.edu
Bob Luczai, Massachusetts Flower Growers Association, bluczai@massflowergrowers.com



Remember that the New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Association offers two $800 scholarships each year, with preference given to sons and daughters of regular members persuing an agricultural education. Please use the form and return it with grade transcripts as soon as possible to:

Stephen Volante
Volante Farms
226 Brookside Road
Needham, MA 02492-1319
Phone 781-444-2351


Last update 2015 January 29