Food Safety Modernization Act – Produce Safety Rule: Delaware Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

Who should attend: Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. The Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor from the farm must complete food safety training at least equivalent to the standardized curriculum recognized by the FDA’.

March 3, 2018    8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Delaware Department of Agriculture, Dover, DE

Cost:  The Delaware Department of Agriculture will cover the cost of attending.

Registration:  You may register on-line now.  You may also register by e-mailing the contacts below or calling UD Cooperative Extension’s Georgetown Office at 302-856-7303 and asking for Karen Adams.

Lunch and breaks will be provided.

 

March 22, 2018    8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
UD Carvel Center, Georgetown, DE

Cost:  The Delaware Department of Agriculture will cover the cost of attending.

Registration:  You may register on-line now. You may also register by e-mailing the contacts below or calling UD Cooperative Extension’s Georgetown Office at 302-856-7303 and asking for Karen Adams.

Lunch and breaks will be provided.

 

For more information please contact Anna Wicks at Anna.Wicks@state.de.us or Gordon Johnson at gcjohn@udel.edu

Annie’s Project Farm Management Class for Women

Annie’s Project courses have been announced for 2018! Annie’s Project is a discussion-based workshop bringing women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing and the legal field. Annie’s Project provides a relaxed, fun, dynamic way to learn, grow and meet other women in agriculture. The target audience is women in agriculture with a passion for business and involvement in the farm operation.

MidShore Maryland
6 sessions, 6:00pm-9:00pm
February 21, 2018 – March 28, 2018
Location: Chesapeake Culinary Center
512 Franklin Street, Denton, MD

Central Maryland
6 sessions, 5:30pm-8:30pm
April 3, 2018 – May 8, 2018
Location: Carroll Community College
1601 Washington Rd, Westminster, MD 21157

Register at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-annies-project-tickets-39289429742

The cost of the course including meals and materials is $75. For the class agenda or more information visit www.extension.umd.edu/annies-project, email Shannon Dill at sdill@umd.edu or call Talbot County Extension Office at 410-822-1244. If you require special assistance to attend the classes please contact the site at least two weeks prior. The program is open to all and is sponsored by the University of Maryland Extension and Delaware Cooperative Extension.

Annie’s Project has been approved for FSA Borrower Training. For more information, please contact your FSA loan officer.

New Changes to the Worker Protection Standard Went into Full Compliance January 2, 2018

You must comply with the Worker Protection Standard if:

– You own, operate, or are employed on any farm, forest, nursery, or greenhouse where pesticides are used in the production of agricultural plants;

– You hire or provide employees for any agricultural business which Mix/load or apply pesticides.

  • These employees are defined as Handlers under WPS

– You have employees that work in areas that have been treated with pesticides within the past 30 days.

  • These employees are defined as Workers under WPS

– You or anyone you employ is a certified/licensed crop advisor.

WPS Requirements for Employers:

Two of the most significant WPS changes are:

  • Workers and Handlers must be trained prior to performing any duties, and they must be retrained EVERY year.
  • Handlers who are using pesticides that require respiratory protection must complete a medical clearance and respirator fit test as outlined by OSHA standards.

A guide that summarizes the maximum requirements under the revised WPS can be found on-line at http://pesticideresources.org/wps/hosted/quickrefguide.pdf

This guide does not include exemptions and exceptions. However, it does provide references to those exemptions and exceptions.

EPA WPS Update and Approved Train-The-Trainer Course
Trainers who provide WPS training must either be a certified applicator or complete an EPA approved Train-The-Trainer Course. A course that provides an update on the WPS and also qualifies as an EPA approved Trainer-The-Trainer course will be offered by the University of Delaware Pesticide Safety Education Program (DE-PSEP) in Kent and Sussex counties. Details are available here.

EPA WPS Update and Approved Train-The-Trainer Course

Friday, March 9, 2018     8:30-10:30 a.m.
University of Delaware Paradee Center
69 Transportation Cir, Dover, DE 19901

Date and time to be announced
Carvel Research and Education Center
16483 County Seat Hwy, Georgetown, DE 19947

Trainers who provide WPS training must either be a certified applicator or complete an EPA approved Train-The-Trainer Course. A course that provides an update on the WPS and also qualifies as an EPA approved Trainer-The-Trainer course will be offered by the University of Delaware Pesticide Safety Education Program (DE-PSEP) at the Kent County Extension Office at the Paradee Center on March 9, 2018. An additional program will be scheduled in March at the Carvel Center in Georgetown. For additional details or to register for the program contact Kerry Richards via email at kerryr@udel.edu or by calling (814) 880–0013.

A table which provides examples of what type of WPS training is required (Worker or Handler) can be found on-line at http://pesticideresources.org/wps/hosted/training-table.pdf

Targeted Funding Available to Restore American Black Duck Habitat

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications from Delaware farmers and landowners interested in installing conservation practices on agricultural lands to help restore critical wildlife habitat of the American Black Duck.

The once abundant American Black Duck is facing a significant decline due to habitat loss and degradation. NRCS has identified areas in Delaware (see below), New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia that are ideal for restoring black duck habitat. NRCS in Delaware is offering financial assistance to restore tidal, floodplain, and fresh wetland habitats on cropland and forestland within the targeted areas.

Black ducks thrive in the brackish pools between salt and fresh waters that have crop fields nearby. These sites are traditionally found along coastlines. Funding is available for developing tidal marsh habitat on lands affected by saltwater intrusion and planting salt tolerant species to create ideal black duck habitat. Other available practices include developing shallow fresh water areas for wildlife, restoring forested wetlands, and controlling invasive Phragmites to restore tidal marsh habitat. Interested applicants are encouraged to sign up before March 16 for fiscal year 2018 funding.

This targeted habitat restoration effort will benefit the northern pintail, mallard, teal, and more than 25 other waterfowl and wildlife species. The targeted conservation practices will also improve water quality and help producers facing saltwater intrusion to improve the condition of their crop fields.

The American Black Duck is a state-identified target species for the Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) partnership, a collaborative approach to conserving habitat for declining species on farms and working forests. NRCS staff worked with Ducks Unlimited to develop strategies to address habitat loss and with Black Duck Joint Venture to identify priority areas. The Nature Conservancy, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and state wildlife agencies are leading partners to conserve and restore black duck habitat.

Applicants must meet USDA NRCS program eligibility requirements to be considered for funding. NRCS accepts applications on a continuous basis but makes funding selections at specific times.

To find out eligibility requirements along with more information, please visit your local USDA service center. In Delaware’s Sussex County, call 302-856-3990, ext. 3; in Kent County, call 302-741-2600, ext. 3; and in New Castle County, call 302-832-3100, ext. 3. Or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/wildlife or www.de.nrcs.usda.gov.

Profiting from a Few Acre$ Small Farms Conference

Tuesday, March 6, 2018     8:30 am – 4:30 pm
MLK Student Center
Delaware State University
Dover, DE

Fine-tuning your management strategies to build successful agricultural enterprises.

Keynote Speaker: Sheri Salatin, Polyface Farms, Swoope, VA

Topics include:
• Aquaculture
• Cover Crops
• Direct/Retail Marketing
• Disaster Prep in Ag
• Small Ruminants
• Soil Health
• Specialty Poultry

Register now by mail!
$25/participant, $50/vendor
Send check or money order to:
Delaware State University Cooperative Extension
c/o Ms. April Chen
131 US Washington Bldg.
Dover, DE 19901

For more information and for assistance due to disabilities, contact:

Andy Wetherill, Conference Coordinator: (302) 857-6491; awetherill@desu.edu

John Clendaniel, Ag & Natural Resources Program Leader: (302) 857-6425; jclendaniel@desu.edu

Sponsored by Delaware State University Cooperative Extension

Organic Production Meeting: Grain, Dairy, Vegetables & Poultry

Friday, March 9th     8:30 am-2:30 pm
Chesapeake College
Eastern Shore Higher Education Center
Wye Mills, MD

Topics Include:

  • Panel Discussion – Next Generation of Organic Farmers – Dairy, Grain, Poultry, & Vegetables
  • Panel Discussion – Latest Research from Local Scientists – Farmers research needs
  • How Useful Are Biostimulents in Organic Vegetable Systems
  • Can Living Mulches Be Deployed Into Conservation Tillage Systems to Support the Fight Against Weeds?
  • Growing Organic Poultry
  • Managing Nutrients in Organic Systems for Long-Term Sustainability
  • Organics 101-What is the Certification Process and much more
  • Effects of Cover Crops on Water and Nutrient Dynamics

PDF of Detailed Agenda

Cost of registration is $10. Register online at: www.organicproductionmtg.eventbrite.com