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Produce Food Safety Trainings – Spring 2014

February 21, 2014

DELAWARE PRODUCE FOOD SAFETY TRAININGS FOR 2014

In 2014, three initial training opportunities will be offered for produce growers on food safety and good agricultural practices and good handling practices (GAP’s and GHP’s) by the Delaware Cooperative Extension.  Training covers microbial food contaminants, outbreaks associated with produce, how produce becomes contaminated, Good Agricultural Practices in the field (water sources; animals, manures, and compost; field sanitation; and worker hygiene) and Good Handling Practices from harvest to sales (packing area sanitation, worker hygiene, storage, handling, and shipping).

For growers who have attended previous trainings, we are having two update sessions which will provide the latest information on produce food safety science, industry actions, audit requirements, and the status of the FDA rule.  A portion of the session will be spent on recommendations for produce wash water disinfection and produce contact surface disinfection.  Recertification credits will be given.

All Sessions will be held at University of Delaware County Extension Offices

New Castle: 461 Wyoming Road, Newark, DE — Kent: 69 Transportation Circle Dover, DE— Sussex: 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE

 

Dates and Locations:

Initial sessions for those who have not attended training in the past:

NEW CASTLE COUNTY – April 3, 6-9 p.m. basic session.  Phone (302) 831-2667 to register.

KENT COUNTY – March 31, 9 a.m.-noon for the basic session with an additional 3 hours for those selling to wholesalers from 12:30-3:30 p.m.  Phone (302) 730-4000 to register

SUSSEX COUNTY – March 27, 6-9 p.m. for the basic session with an additional 3 hour session for those selling to wholesalers on April 1 from 6-9 p.m.   Phone (302) 856-7303 to register.

Update sessions for those that have already attended trainings:

KENT COUNTY – March 25, 9 a.m.-noon   Phone (302) 730-4000 to register.

SUSSEX COUNTY – March 19, 6-9 p.m.  Phone (302) 856-7303 to register.

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2014 Ag Week FVGAD Sessions

January 10, 2014

FVGAD Sessions during Delaware Agriculture Week January 13-17, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014
Evening: Fruit Session

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Morning: General FVGAD Session
Afternoon: Fresh Market/Vine Crops Session
Evening: 36th Annual Banquet

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Morning: Processing Vegetables Session
Afternoon: Special Vegetable Session

Fruit Session – FVGAD – Monday, January 13, 2014

Exhibit Hall Board Room
Moderator: Dr. Gordon Johnson, Extension Fruit and Vegetable Specialist, University of Delaware                                                                      

6:00 p.m.—6:30 p.m.
Blueberry Project and Blueberry Research Updates
Emmalea Ernest, Extension Vegetable Crops Agent, University of Delaware
Hail Bennett, Bennett’s Orchards

6:30 p.m.—7:00 p.m.
Strawberry, Blackberry, Table Grape and Dwarf Cherry Research Updates
Dr. Gordon Johnson, Extension Fruit and Vegetable Specialist, University of Delaware
Charles Smith, T. S. Smith & Sons, Bridgeville, Delaware

7:00 p.m.—7:15 p.m.
Experiences with Matted Row Strawberries
Jeremy Ernest, Ernest Fruit Farms, Ellendale, Delaware

7:15 p.m.—8:00 p.m.
Establishing a Vineyard—My Experiences
Jennie Schmidt, Schmidt Vineyard Management, Sudlersville, Maryland

8:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
Managing U-Pick with Small Fruits and Orchards
U-Pick Fruit Growers Panel

8:30 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
Managing Insect Pests in Small Fruits, Vineyards and Orchards with an Emphasis on Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and Spotted Wing Drosophila
Joanne Whalen, Extension IPM Specialist, University of Delaware

9:00 p.m. ADJOURN

Session Summary:
DE Pesticide Certification Credits:  1
MD Pesticide Certification Credits:  1
PA Pesticide Certification Credits: 1
DE Nutrient Management Credits:  0.5
MD Nutrient Management Credits:  1
Certified Crop Advisor Credits:  PM: 0.5; CM: 2.5

FVGAD General Session- Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Dover Building
Moderator: Dr. Gordon Johnson, Extension Fruit and Vegetable Specialist, University of Delaware

8:50 a.m.—9:00 a.m.
Welcome
John Filasky, Jr., FVGAD President

9:00 a.m.—9:20 a.m.
Advancing Opportunities for Delaware Vegetable Growers
Secretary Ed Kee, Delaware Department of Agriculture

9:20 a.m.—9:40 a.m.
Impressions From New Jersey
Secretary Douglas Fisher, New Jersey Department of Agriculture 

9:40 a.m.—10:10 a.m.
Common Sense and Food Issues
Dr. Jayson Lusk, Regents Professor and Willard Sparks Endowed Chair in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University

10:10 a.m.—10:40 a.m.
Connecting Farmers with Consumers: An Opportunity for Delaware
Zeke and Lisa Zechial, Washington’s Green Grocer 

10:40 a.m.—11:15 a.m.
Food Safety Modernization Act Update and What’s Ahead: It’s Not Final Yet
Secretary Ed Kee, Delaware Department of Agriculture
Representative, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

11:15 a.m.—11:30 a.m.
Updates on Harmonized GAP’s and Produce Food Safety Audits
Dr. Wes Kline, Extension Agriculture Agent, Rutgers

11:30 a.m.—11:50 a.m.
Farming with Visual Impairments—What are the Risk Factors and What Can You Do?
Roxane Williams, Delaware Division for the Visually Impaired

12:00 p.m. LUNCH
Sponsored by the Delaware Beef Advisory Board

Session Summary:
DE Pesticide Certification Credits:  0
MD Pesticide Certification Credits:  0
PA Pesticide Certification Credits: 0
DE Nutrient Management Credits:  0
MD Nutrient Management Credits:  0
Certified Crop Advisor Credits:  PD: 3

Fresh Market Vine Crops – FVGAD -Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Dover Building
Moderator: Dr. Gordon Johnson, Extension Fruit and Vegetable Specialist, University of Delaware

1:00 p.m.—1:10 p.m.
Bt Sweet Corn Variety Trials
Emmalea Ernest, Extension Vegetable Crops Agent, University of Delaware

1:10 p.m.—1:25 p.m.
Herbicide Rotations for Fresh Market Vegetables
Dr. Mark VanGessel, Extension Weed Science Specialist, University of Delaware

1:25 p.m.—2:10 p.m.
Managing Diseases in Vine Crops
Dr. Dan Egel, Extension Plant Pathologist, Purdue University

2:10 p.m.—2:40 p.m.
Vine Crops Research in Indiana
Dr. ShubinSaha, Extension Vegetable Specialist, University of Kentucky (formerly at Purdue University)

2:40 p.m.—3:10 p.m.
Tomato, Cucumber and High Tunnel Vegetable Trials
Steve Bogash, Regional Horticulture Educator, Penn State University

3:10 p.m.—3:25 p.m.
Fresh Market Vegetable Disease Control Updates
Dr. Kate Everts, Extension Plant Pathologist, University of Maryland/University of Delaware

3:25 p.m.—3:50 p.m.
Pepper Variety Trials
Dr. Wes Kline, Extension Agriculture Agent, Rutgers

3:50 p.m.—4:15 p.m.
Potato Variety Trials and Potato Variety Updates
Sudeep Matthew, Extension Agent, Commercial Vegetables, University of Maryland

4:15 p.m.—4:30 p.m.
Watermelon and Onion Research Updates
Dr. Gordon Johnson, Extension Fruit and Vegetable Specialist, University of Delaware

4:30 p.m.—4:50 p.m.
Fresh Market Insect Management Updates
Joanne Whalen, Extension IPM Specialist, University of Delaware

4:50 p.m. ADJOURN

Session Summary:
DE Pesticide Certification Credits:  2
MD Pesticide Certification Credits:  4
PA Pesticide Certification Credits: 4
DE Nutrient Management Credits:  0.5
MD Nutrient Management Credits:  1
Certified Crop Advisor Credits:  PM: 1.5; CM: 2

Banquet

36th Annual FVGAD Awards Banquet

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Harrington Fire Hall
Harrington, DE 19952

**Pre-Registration Requested**

Tickets are $20. To reserve tickets for the FVGAD Banquet, call Emmalea Ernest

(302) 856-7303 by Friday, January 10.

6:00 p.m.         Social Hour

7:00 p.m.         Dinner

Presentation of 2014 FVGAD Distinguished Service Award

Presentation of 2013 FVGAD Family Award

Invited Speaker – Dr. Jayson Lusk, Regents Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University, Author of “The Food Police: A Well-Fed Manifesto About the Politics of Your Plate”

Processing Vegetables Session – FVGAD – Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Dover Building
Moderator: Phillip Sylvester, Kent County Extension Agriculture Agent, University of Delaware

8:50 a.m.—9:00 a.m.
Welcome
John Filasky, Jr., FVGAD President

9:00 a.m.—9:20 a.m.
Processing Vegetable Production Research Updates
Dr. Gordon Johnson, Extension Fruit and Vegetable Specialist, University of Delaware

9:20 a.m.—9:30 a.m.
Processing Sweet Corn Stand Reduction: Effects of Gap Size
Emmalea Ernest, Extension Vegetable Crops Agent, University of Delaware

9:30 a.m.—10:10 a.m.
Processing Sweet Corn, Peas and Snap Bean Production and Variety Trials in New York
James Ballerstein, Cornell University

10:10 a.m.—10:40 a.m.
Processing Vegetable Production in New York
Dave Paddock, M-B Farms, Inc., LeRoy, NY

10:40 a.m.—11:00 a.m.
Cucumber Downy Mildew Update
Dr. Kate Everts, Extension Plant Pathologist, University of Maryland/University of Delaware

11:00 a.m.—11:15 a.m.
Update on Insect Management in Processing Vegetables
Joanne Whalen, Extension IPM Specialist, University of Delaware 

11:15 a.m.—11:35 a.m.
Perennial Weed Control for Processing Vegetables
Dr. Mark VanGessel, Extension Weed Science Specialist, University of Delaware

11:35 a.m.—11:45 a.m.
Lima Bean Breeding Program Update
Emmalea Ernest, Extension Vegetable Crops Agent, University of Delaware

11:45 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
FVGAD Annual Business Meeting
John Filasky, Jr., FVGAD President

12:00 p.m. ADJOURN

Session Summary:
DE Pesticide Certification Credits:  2
MD Pesticide Certification Credits:  2
PA Pesticide Certification Credits: 2
DE Nutrient Management Credits:  0.5
MD Nutrient Management Credits:  1.
Certified Crop Advisor Credits:   PM: 1; CM: 2

Special Vegetable Sessions – FVGAD Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Dover Building
Moderator: Dr. Gordon Johnson, Extension Fruit and Vegetable Specialist, University of Delaware

FVGAD Special Sessions—Success with Processing Vegetables
This special session will focus on critical information for newer processing vegetable growers as well as providing a “refresher” for experienced growers on how to have success (and ultimately profit) growing processing vegetables. The session will be in a roundtable format with expert fieldmen, consultants, university researchers and growers sharing information on what it takes to produce high-yielding and high-quality vegetables for the freezing, canning and pickling industries. Focus will be on lima beans, peas, sweet corn, pickles and snap beans. Included will be information on how and why companies select specific varieties, growing systems and rotations, how plantings are scheduled for desired harvest periods, stand establishment, fertilization, insect control, weed management and cultivation, disease management and harvesting for peak quality. Processing vegetable budgets will be presented and discussed.

1:15 p.m.—2:30 p.m.
Processing Company Fieldmen and Consultant Panel

2:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m.
University Extension Specialist, Extension Agent and Faculty Panel

3:30 p.m.—4:30 p.m.
Grower Panel

4:30 p.m. ADJOURN

Session Summary:
DE Pesticide Certification Credits:  1
MD Pesticide Certification Credits:  0
DE Nutrient Management Credits:  0.75
MD Nutrient Management Credits:  1
Certified Crop Advisor Credits:  NM: 1;  CM: 1; PM:1

For more information about Delaware Ag Week and the rest of the schedule see:  http://sites.udel.edu/delawareagweek/

Fall 2013 Newsletter

October 31, 2013

Today we are mailing the FVGAD Fall 2013 Newsletter!

This issue will include the fruit and vegetable details of DE ag week in January, including an article on our banquet speaker. Farm To School, updates on school visits, this summer’s field days and state fair are also discussed.

To view this newsletter click here

Members: keep an eye on your mailboxes!

Spring 2013 Newsletter

June 20, 2013

We will be mailing out the Spring 2013 FVGAD Newsletter this week. Members should look for it in their mailboxes! This newsletter will include articles on: the newly elected officers, services available to members, all the big changes at Laurel Auction, as well as this summer’s anticipated watermelon labor and cantaloupe packing house inspections.
To view this newsletter click here

Fungicide Resistance Management Guidelines for Vegetable Crops Grown in the mid-Atlantic Region

March 6, 2010

Loss of effectiveness and resistance of disease organisms to fugicides is a major problem in the vegetable industry in Delaware. Plant pathologists in the mid-Atlantic region have put together an excellent guide to help growers, crop advisors, and applicators manage fungicides used in vegetable crops. It is called “Fungicide Resistance Management Guidelines for Vegetable Crops Grown in the mid-Atlantic region -2010”

To view the guide click here.

FDA Needs Your Input Before Delveloping Produce Food Safety Rules

February 26, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that by the end of 2010, the Agency will issue a proposed rule to establish safety standards for the production and packing of fresh produce.

The ultimate purpose for such standards is a goal we all share: to reduce the risk of illness associated with fresh produce.

The usual process is for FDA to issue a proposed rule and then take comments. But this time, we want to go one step further – we want to actively engage our stakeholders while we’re still in the development phase of such a rule.

That’s why we have opened a docket (Federal Register notice location: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-3409.pdf to receive information before a proposed rule is written. Doing it this way will help us develop the scope of the rule to reflect the realities of production and packing in produce operations.

The discussion on this complex and diverse segment of our food supply needs to be fueled and informed by the expertise and on-the-ground knowledge of those who grow, harvest and pack fresh produce.

That’s why we need to hear from you. We urge you and your colleagues to think about and submit comments to us under this docket over the next 90 days.

In addition, we hope you will “spread the word” to groups throughout your area of the country and areas of expertise — so that all sectors that may be affected by the rulemaking to come will know about this opportunity to get their views heard and will take advantage of it.

Below are some tips on how to submit comments through Regulations.gov. You can also submit comments by mail.

Electronically, at www.Regulations.gov

The multi-agency Web site, Regulations.gov serves as a clearinghouse for materials related to FDA rulemaking and is FDA’s official on-line comment system.

The easiest way to get to the docket is to enter the docket number.

On the Regulations.gov home page, enter the following in the “Keyword” field:

FDA-2010-N-0085

This will take you directly to the docket, “Preventive Controls for Fresh Produce: Request for Comments”

In the far right of the screen under Actions, click on “Submit a Comment”
A page will come up asking for some information about you or your organization.

You can then type your comment directly into the field provided and/or you can attach any related documents to your comment.

Press “Submit”.
You will be able to view your comment and comments others have submitted.
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To submit written comments:

(NOTE: Be sure to include the docket number at the top of the pages in your written submissions. The docket number is FDA-2010-N-0085)

Mail comments to:

Division of Dockets Management
HFA-305
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
Rockville, Maryland 20852

The comment period for this docket ends on May 24, 2010.

Wholesale Produce Food Safety Training This Week in Kent County

January 25, 2010

To All DE Wholesale Produce Growers
Produce Food Safety Certification Training – Kent Co. Session
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) /Good Handling Practices (GHP)

Date: January 29, 2010 Time: 9 am – 3:30 pm,
Place: UD Kent Co. Extension Office, Dover (Paradee Building),
Registration: Call (302) 730-4000 to register.

Wholesale produce growers who did not attend voluntary produce food safety (GAP/GHP) training sessions in 2009 are encouraged to do so in 2010. This training program is offered by the UD Cooperative Extension, and the certificate is issued by the DDA. Trainings are also sponsored by the Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association of DE. This certification program satisfies wholesale buyer requirements that growers attend GAP/GHP training.
There will be other sessions in each county (Kent 2/22 small only; Sussex 3/2 small, 3/11, 3/18 wholesale; New Castle 3/9, 3/16). Call your county office for more information Kent 730-4000, Sussex 856-7303, NCC 831-2506.

Gordon Johnson, Extension Fruit and Vegetable Specialist, UD