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New England Vegetable and Berry Growers' Association
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Hudson-Concord Lodge of Elks in Hudson, MA

Bylaw changes are proposed for the February business meeting. Details can be found here

There is a $20 registration fee, which is waived for members of NEV&BGA.
Lunch buffet is an additional $20.

To register, please RSVP to 917-573-5558 or secretary@nevbga.org by January 27,
or visit our Eventbrite page: https://goo.gl/Zsg7Cn




Bird Management in Fruit & Vegetable Crops Dr. Alan Eaton, University of New Hampshire Extension

Grower Roundtable on Bird Management in Sweet Corn Paul Gove, Gove Farm, Leominster, MA

Crop Insurance Update Tom Smiarowski & Paul Russell, University of Massachusetts Extension Risk Management/Crop Insurance Education

Optimizing Spring Cover Crop Nitrogen Utilization on Vegetable Farms Rebecca Maden, University of Vermont Extension

Lunch buffet, $20. To reserve a lunch, please contact the Secretary, Lisa McKeag at (917) 573-5558 or secretary@nevbga.org. If you order lunch and cannot attend, please call to cancel. We will have to bill you for unpaid meals

NEVBGA Business Meeting & Elections

Small Fruit Production and Weed Management at Nourse Farms Nate Nourse, Nourse Farms, S. Deerfield, MA

Neonicotinoid Label Registrations Update from Nate Nourse on Congressional Meeting in D.C.

Food Safety Modernization Act Update: What to Expect in Massachusetts Lisa McKeag, University of Massachusetts Extension

2016 Bell Pepper, Butternut Squash, Sweet Corn & Strawberry Evaluations David Handley & Mark Hutton, University of Maine Extension


** 3Pesticide recertification credits have been approved for this meeting **

Commercial members are welcome to put up table-top displays.

Co-sponsored by the UMass Extension Risk Management/Crop Insurance Education Program

Other Events

Vegetable Winter School
Tuesdays, January 10th, 2017 — February 21st, 2017 from 9am — 3:30pm
Brigham Hill Community Farm, 37 Wheeler Rd, Grafton, Mass. 01536
See the Flyer
Note also that NEV&BGA will subsidize $50 of your registration fee if you are a NEV&BGA member.

Save the dates for this course designed to provide growers with regulatory certainty in a time of many regulatory changes. Leave winter school ready for a Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP) audit and the peace of mind that you are prepared to handle the requirements of: the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), EPA Worker Protection Standards (WPS), Nutrient Management Regulations, and changes in Employment Law. Get up to date on research and IPM practices important to vegetable growers and gain a competitive advantage in a heavily regulated market. Each farm will get detailed support in developing food safety and nutrient management plans, training employees in WPS, developing standard operating procedures compliant with regulations, and preparing an employee handbook and a whole farm IPM plan. Twelve contact hours available for the vegetable pesticide license category. This course is designed for farm owners, managers and employees. Registration opens in September 2016.

1/10/2017 — Soil and Nutrient Management. Instructors: Katie Campbell-Nelson (UMass Extension Vegetable Program) and TBD

1/17/2017 — Food Safety Produce Rule Part 1. Instructors: Lisa McKeag (UMass Extension Vegetable Program) and Michael Botelho (MDAR Commonwealth Quality Program)

1/24/2017 — Food Safety Preventive Controls Rule Part 2. Instructors: Amanda Kinchla (UMass Extension Food Science Extension Faculty) and Michael Botelho

1/31/2017 — EPA Worker Protection Standards. Instructors: Natalia Clifton (UMass Extension Pesticide Education) and TBD

2/7/2017 — Advanced Topics in Integrated Pest Management. Instructors: Angie Madeiras (UMass Extension Plant Diagnostician), Sue Scheufele (UMass Extension Vegetable Program)

2/14/2017 — Employee Management and Labor Laws. Instructors: TBD

2/21/2017 — Incentive Programs (NRCS, MDAR, SARE) and Risk Management. Instructors: Tom Smiarowski and Paul Russell (UMass Extension Risk Management Specialists)

2/28/2017 — Snow Date.

Questions? Contact: Katie Campbell-Nelson, kcampbel@umass.edu, 413-545-1051

Harvest New England
March 7 - 9, 2017 - Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, Massachusetts



Last update 2017 January 15