Tuesday, December 15

Please note: Proceedings are linked to session titles and PowerPoints are linked to the PPT beside the title when available.

Trade Show, 8am-6pm

Morning Program

9:30 – 12:00, Six Concurrent Sessions

Tree Fruit I
Location: Armory
Moderator: Duane Greene
Pesticide Credits: 2.0, CCA Credits: 2.0

Food Safety
Location: Salon A
Moderator: Heather Bryant
Pesticide credits: 1.0,  CCA credits: 2.0

  • 9:30 - Applied Reserach for Improved Post-Harvest Produce Washing
    Amanda Kinchla, UMass Amherst
  • 10:00 - Massachusetts Commonwealth Quality Program and the Intersection of State and Federal Food Safety Programs (GAP, CQP, FSMA, Etc.)
    Michael Botelho, Massachusetts, Department of Ag Resources
  • 10:30 - Food Safety onsiderations for Packing Sheds
    Robert Hadad, Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • 11:00 - Panel: Farmer Experiences with Audit Programs and/or Farm Food Safety Plans
    Mark Amato, Verrill Farm
    Tyler Hardy, Brookdale Fruit Farm
    Peter Rogers, Rogers Orchard

Specialty Crops
Location: Salon BCD
Moderator: Andrew Radin
Pesticide credits: 2.0, CCA credits: 2.5

Blueberry I
Location: Frost/Hawthorne
Moderator: Laura McDermott
Pesticide credits: 1.5, CCA credits: 1.5

Innovative Ideas for Growing Small Acreage
Location: Curriers
Moderator: Skip Paul
Pesticide credits: 1.0

Growing Beautiful Cut Flowers
Location: Pierce
Moderator: Mike Hutchinson and Sandy Arnold

  • 9:30 - Growing Beautiful Cut Flowers
    Polly and Mike Hutchison, Robin Hollow Farm

Afternoon Program

2:00 – 4:30; Five Concurrent Sessions

Tree Fruit II
Location: Armory
Moderator: Duane Greene
Pesticide credits: 1.5,  CCA credits: 2.0

  • 2:00 - Suggestions for Improving the Storage Potential of Honeycrisp, PPT
    Renae Morgan, University of Maine
  • 2:30 - Validation of the MaluSim Carbohydrate Model
    Greg Peck, Virginia Tech
  • 3:00 - Where GMOs Stand Today, PPT
    Elizabeth Vierling, University of Massachusetts
  • 3:30 - Panel: Pick-your-own Experiences and Suggestions for Stress-free Success
    Giff Burnap, Butternut Farm
    Greg Parzych, Rogers Orchards
    Maurice Tougas, Tougas Family Farm

Location: Salon A
Moderator: Mary Concklin
Pesticide credits: 1.5,  CCA credits: 2.0

Winter Growing
Location: Salon B-C-D
Moderators: Sandy Arnold
Pesticide credits: 1.5,  CCA credits: 1.5

Harvest, Handling and Storage
Location: Curriers
Moderator: Vern Grubinger
Pesticide credits: 1.0,  CCA credits: 2.0

Blueberry II
Location: Frost/Hawthorne
Moderator: Hilary Sandler
Pesticide credits: 2.0,  CCA credits: 2.0

4:30-6 pm: Social Mixer
Light hors d’oevres and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

6-9 pm: $100,000 Per Acre on a Small Farm - Jean Martin Fourtier, PPT