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MID-ATLANTIC FRUIT AND VEGETABLE CONVENTION
PRE-CONVENTION WORKSHOPS ON: Monday, January 30, 2017
Unless otherwise noted, workshops will be conducted at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey.
FSMA GROWER CERTIFICATION TRAINING (9 AM - 5:15 PM)
Fee: $150 for non-PA growers - limited registration (includes lunch) - If you are a Pennsylvania Grower, Please register though PVGA, by contacting Bill Troxell at firstname.lastname@example.org
This training is for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about: produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. This PSA course is one way to satisfy the grower training requirement of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule as outlined in Section 112.22(c).
Participants in the course will learn about: Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm; How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to implement produce safety practices on the farm; Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.
After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. The Pennsylvania Food Safety Resource Center is providing funds to cover AFDO certification fees and course material costs for this workshop. Instructors: Jeffrey Stoltzfus, Lee Stivers, and others from the Penn State FSMA Extension Team.
GREENHOUSE VEGETABLE PRODUCTION WORKSHOP (9 AM – 4 PM)
Fee - $60 includes lunch - limited registration
We will cover greenhouse production of tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers from A- Z. This is the ideal place for someone new to greenhouse production or seeking to refine their operation. Topics include: Overview of Greenhouse Production Systems; Pruning and Trellising; Pollination; Plant Nutrition; Greenhouse Vegetable Diseases; Greenhouse Vegetable Insects and Mites; Best Varieties for Greenhouse Production; Harvest and Post Harvest Handling; Economics of Greenhouse Production .(bring your numbers as this is an open discussion). Instructors: Steven Bogash, VP ISP Technologies and PSU Extension Ret.; Dr. Timothy Elkner, Horticulture Educator, PSU Extension: Thomas Ford, Horticulture Educator, PSU Extension; and Dr. Beth Gugino, Plant Pathologist, PSU Plant Pathology.
HOPS PRODUCTION WORKSHOP (9AM – 3:30 PM)
Fee - $90 includes lunch
The demand for local hops is creating a renewed interest in growing hops. This workshop features some of the most knowledgeable hops researchers and educators on the East Coast. This one day session on hops production is designed to educate hops growers and prospective hops growers on pest management, nutrient management, economic implications, malting barley as a companion enterprise, new research, and why hops are used in beer production. The schedule is as follows:
9:00 a.m. - Integrated Pest Management & Scouting Your Hop Yard - Erin Lizotte, Michigan State Univ.
9:45 a.m. - Penn State Hops Yard Establishment and Logistics - Tanner Delvalle, Penn State Univ.
10:45 a.m. - Nutrient Management in Hops Yards - Brad Bergefurd, Ohio State Univ.
11:30 a.m. - Economic Realities and Risks of Growing Hops, a New Jersey Perspective - William Bamka, Rutgers Univ.
1:00 p.m. - Malting Barley as a Companion Enterprise for Hops Growers - William Bamka, Rutgers Univ.
1:45 p.m. - Hops Research Review from Across the Globe - Jon Bonfiglio, Penn State Univ.
2:15 p.m. - The How’s and Why of Using Hops in Beer - Dr. Ryan Elias, Penn State Univ.
RECALL READINESS WORKSHOP—WHAT TO DO WHEN FDA CALL (8:30 AM-11:30 AM)
Fee - $20 - limited registration
There are painful recalls and then there are very painful recalls. More often than not, the difference is attributed to preparation. While many companies have plans that address the product-related components of a recall, most are sorely unprepared for the onslaught of unwanted attention from the media, customer and regulators. During this session, we will review the recall response process and then dive deep into what it takes to communicate during a recall. Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the U.S. Food & Drug Administration requires four specific recall plan components in order to comply with the Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCHF) rule – and three of them have to do with how and to whom the company communicates. Whether you must comply with the PCHF rule or not, these are elements that shouldn’t be left out of any recall plan!
Instructor - Amy Philpott, Vice President, Crisis Services and Reputation Management at Watson Green LLC, Co-developer to the International Food Information Council’s 2015 Food Safety: A Communicator’s Guide to Improving Understanding.
VEGETABLE GRAFTING WORKSHOP (1 PM -4 PM)
Fee - $30 Instructor - Dr. Matthew Kleinhenz, Ohio State University
This half day workshop will explain and demonstrate grafting techniques for vegetable plants focusing on tomatoes and peppers. Participants will have the opportunity to practice their grafting techniques in the workshop.
HANDS-ON APPLE TREE GRAFTING WORKSHOP (1:30 PM – 3:00 PM)
Fee - $65 – limited registration
Have some antique varieties you would like to grow on a size-controlling rootstock? Find a scion mutation in your orchard you want to evaluate? Join us for this workshop. Our guest speakers Jerry Frecon, Taylor Mackintosh, and Shaun Callahan are well versed in the science of grafting and maintenance of variety plantings. Knives, rootstocks, and scion wood will be provided. Participants will also receive a grafting knife to take home! Topics include: Practical benefits of learning how to topwork or bench graft trees; Establishing and Maintaining a Test Planting for Assessing the Potential for New Varieties on your Farm Bark Grafting and Bench Grafting.
CIDER SYMPOSIUM (9 AM – 3:00 PM)
Fee - $160 includes lunch
Workshop Location: Spring Gate in the Village 5948 Linglestown Rd. Harrisburg, PA 17112
What’s behind a quality cider? This full day workshop will provide information and up to date research on sensory analysis, tannins, cider apple varieties, and help to hone your own senses to make you a better quality control check point at your own cidery. Participants will hear from researchers, educators and professionals in the cider production and marketing fields. This workshop is a must for those opening a cider business or looking to perfect their cider production or marketing skills. Speakers include Adam Redding from Good Intent Cider in Bellefonte, Edwin Winzeler from Ploughman Cider in Wenksville, and Carla Snyder from Penn State Extension. For further details visit www.mafvc.org or call 717-334-6271 extension 321. Workshop participants are invited to a networking reception and tour following the close of this program at Spring Gate Vineyard.
FARM MARKET TOUR
Fee - $60 (TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED)
This all-day bus tour will leave and return to the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. Tour will take place in York County, PA. More details will be posted on the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention website.
Cancellations received up to the Advanced registration deadline (January 20, 2017) will receive a refund (less the Eventbrite fees) No refunds will be issued after this date.
Special Note: The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention and Pre-Convention Workshops will be held rain (SNOW) or shine.