2017 Produce Food Safety Trainings for Direct Marketers and Small Growers

Dates and Locations: 

  • March 11, UD Carvel Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE
  • March 18, UD Paradee Center, 69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE
  • March 25, Fischer Greenhouse, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

 

Time:  8:30 – 12:30 each day

Registration:  To register, contact Karen Adams at 302-856-7303 or email adams@udel.edu.

 

Who Should Attend?

Growers who sell primarily through direct market channels (farmer’s markets, farm stands, restaurant sales, CSA’s), growers that require yearly training to sell at farmer’s markets, and small growers who sell less than $25,000 of produce.

What to Expect at the Produce Food Safety Trainings for Direct Marketers and Small Growers?

There will be 4 hours of instruction covering the following areas:

  • Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training;
  • Soil Amendments
  • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
  • Agricultural Water use in the Field and Postharvest
  • Postharvest Produce Handling and Sanitation
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the University of Delaware that verifies they have completed the training course.

For more information please contact Gordon Johnson gcjohn@udel.edu

Grain Marketing Short Course

February 20, 22, 27 and March 1, 2017
2:30-3:45 p.m.
Chesapeake College
Wye Mills, Maryland

As part of the new Agriculture program, Chesapeake College is offering its first professional farming short course February 20 – March 1.

Presented as four workshops with Instructor John Hall, the Grain Marketing course is offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30-3:45 pm beginning Feb. 20. The course cost is $25, and covers all materials.

The new class is designed for farmers, managers, and financial experts who are involved with growing or marketing of grain.  Course topics include: USDA Supply and Demand balance sheets, quarterly stocks reports, and internet tools available from Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Participants will learn to interpret balance sheets and quarterly stock reports, manage options, use web-based marketplace tools, collect Basis and set prices.

For more information, please contact Dr. Nicole Fiorellino at nfiorellino@chesapeake.edu or 410-822-5400, ext. 2362

Ag Safety Conference

Tuesday, March 7, 2017     9:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Ag Commodities Building
Delaware State Fairgrounds
Harrington, Delaware

University of Delaware Cooperative Extension is co-sponsoring an Inaugural Delaware Ag Safety Conference with the Delaware Farm Bureau’s Promotion and Education Committee, The Delaware Grange and the Delaware Department of Agriculture. Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries in the U.S. and this seminar, part of DFB’s Ag Safety campaign, will encourage farmers to “think safety first.”

Delaware’s new Secretary of Agriculture, Michael Scuse, will welcome farmers to the event.

Topics covered will include Equipment Handling & Mechanical Safety, presented by Dr. James Glancey, University of Delaware; Grain Bin Safety by Margie Chase, Nationwide Insurance; Digital Signage, how DelDOT helps keep farmers safe on the highway; and Pesticide Handling Safety by Ron Jester, University of Delaware Extension Safety Specialist (retired). Pesticide recertification credits have been approved.

MyEyeDr will offer free vision screening. Delaware Department of Health and Social Services will offer information on its “Protect Your Skin Delaware” program and chronic disease prevention and control.

Delaware Farm Bureau is looking for sponsors to help cover the costs of the conference, which is offered at no charge and will include a complimentary lunch. Businesses or organizations that are interested in sponsorship or a display may contact Heather Kline at DFB by telephone at (302) 697-3183 or by email at heather.kline@defb.org.

All farmers are encouraged to participate. The public also is invited. Register online at www.defb.org/ag-safety-conference.html.  Seating is limited; reservations will be first-come, first-served.

Movie Night, showing Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home

Tuesday, February 21, at 6:30 PM
Carvel Research and Education Center
16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, De

Did you know that native plants – once established – do not require the use of chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides to maintain their beauty? Or that they don’t require extra watering from our precious supply of potable water? Did you know that our native pollinators and birds generally prefer native plants for nectar and seed?  This educational film will answer these questions.  It is focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems.

Blueberry Pruning Workshop

Saturday, February 25, 2017     9:00-11:00 a.m.
University of Delaware
Carvel Research & Education Center
16483 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, DE

This hands-on workshop will include:

Blueberry pruning demonstration for varieties with different growth habits

Does detail pruning make a difference? See adjacent plants that were or were not detail pruned in 2016.

Discussion of how to prune new plantings and how to reinvigorate neglected plantings.

This workshop will be held in the blueberry experimental plot at the Carvel Research and Education Center. We will convene in the picnic grove near the office building before traveling to the blueberry plot.

Please RSVP to Emmalea Ernest by February 22 if you plan to attend, emmalea@udel.edu or 302-856-7303

Precision Ag Workshop

Thursday, March 2, 2017
University of Delaware
Carvel Research & Education Center
16483 County Seat Hwy
Georgetown, DE

UD Extension is organizing a workshop on March 2, to be held at the UD Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown covering:

Precision Agriculture for:

  • maximizing pesticide effectiveness through proper application
  • experiences with precision tiling

More details will be provided in the February newsletter.

Growers Needed to Test New Pole Limas

Three new pole lima beans developed at the University of Delaware will be available for testing by growers in 2017.  Growers who would like to assist with testing will be asked to report yield data for the trial varieties and for an adjacent identical row-length of their standard variety.

If you save your own pole lima bean seed, the trial varieties should be grown in a different area from your seed production plants. Otherwise outcrossing can occur and your own pole lima strain will not grow true from seed.

Pole bean growers who would like to trial these varieties should contact Emmalea Ernest by March 1, 2017 (emmalea@udel.edu or 302-856-7303).

Pods from the three new pole bean breeding lines are pictured below.

 

Upcoming Nutrient Management Certification Sessions

If you apply nutrients to 10 or more acres of land or have 8 or more animal units (an animal unit is equal to 1000 lbs of live weight) you need to be certified through the Nutrient Management Program.

The following is a brief summary of your certification needs:

  • Sessions should be taken in order. For example, you should attend Session I before attending Session II. 
  • Poultry growers that do not land-apply nutrients (manure or fertilizer) will need to attend Session I and Session II.
  • Grain or vegetable producers that apply nutrients to crops will need to attend Session I, Session II and Session III.
  • Golf course personnel that apply nutrients only to their employer’s course need to attend Session I, Session II and Session III.
  • Lawn care company personnel that apply nutrients to clients lawns need to attend Session I, Session II, Session III and Session IV: Commercial Nutrient Handler
  • Livestock owners (cattle, horses and sheep) who do not land apply manure need to attend Session I and Session II

 

The University of Delaware will offer the following Nutrient Management certification sessions.

Session I Location
 

February 23, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

 

February 23, 2017 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

Session II Location
 

March 2, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

 

March 2, 2017 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

Session III Location
 

March 9, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

 

March 9, 2017 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

Session IV: Commercial Nutrient Handler Location
 

March 16, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

Session IV: Nutrient Consultant Location
 

March 16, 2017 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

Commercial Nutrient Handler Exam Location
 

February 3, 2017 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

 

March 23, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

Nutrient Consultant Exam Location
 

February 3, 2017 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

 

March 23, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

You will NOT be able receive continuing education credits by attending these sessions.

To register for the sessions contact the Kent County Cooperative Extension Office at 302-730-4000.