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2019

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February

Event: Food Safety Training for FSMA Produce Safety Rule Compliance – Frederick
Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM- 4:30 PM
Cost: $25
Location: Frederick County Extension Office, 330 Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD 21702
Contact: Deanna Baldwin at 410-841-5769 or by email deanna.baldwin@maryland.gov, Sarah Everhart at 410-458-2475 or by email severhart@law.umaryland.edu
Registration:  Fst-fsma-2-20-19.eventbrite.com
Description: Who Should Attend? Those growers who are interested in learning about produce safety, who need to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule, who need to satisfy buyer requirements, and/or who need to maintain a food safety certification.

What Will You Get from Attending? A better understanding of produce food safety, Insight into the Produce Safety Rule requirements and the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s role, A Training certificate required by FDA to comply with the Produce Safety Rule, Resources to help comply with the Produce Safety Rule.

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Event: Bay Area Fruit Meeting
Date: Friday, February 22, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Wye Research and Education Center, 124 Wye Narrows Drive, Queenstown, MD 21658
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-bay-area-fruit-meeting-tickets-53733379986
Contact: Program info: Mike Newell 410-827-7388, mnewell@umd.edu; For questions regarding registration, contact Stephanie Jackson 410-827-8056, sjacks@umd.edu
Topics to include:
Why herbicides fail, Soil-borne diseases in fruit orchards, Drivers of honey bee losses, Late season fruit rot control in Grapes, Tree fruit disease management in a very wet year, Performance of late-planted day-neutral strawberries in low-tunnels, Basics of strawberry disease management, And more!

Pesticide applicator credits and CCA credits will be offered. Pre-Registration and fee is required.

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Event: MGGA Pruning Clinic #2 Southern Plain
Date:
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Time:
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location:
Still Creek Vineyards, 23204 Colton Point Road, Avenue, MD 20624
Cost: $25 MGGA member; $35 Non-member (pre-registration requested; coffee, tea, and donuts will be provided)
Description: 
Still Creek Vineyards is a mature vineyard with hybrid vines. This pruning clinic will cover both spur and cane pruning on VSP trellis as well as methods for pruning and training young vines. Program will take place rain or shine. An inclement weather date will be set for SEVERE snow/ice conditions.    If in doubt check the website, www.marylandgrapes.org after 6:30 AM the morning of the clinic or call Nichole Krameck 302-222-2184.
Instructor: Bob White (443-618-0955)
Registration: Mail with check- click here  Online - click here

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Event: IFTA Annual Conference
Date: February 24-28, 2019
Location: Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown, Rochester, NY
Information/Registration: https://www.ifruittree.org/ifta-events

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Event: Basic GAP - Basic Good Agricultural Practices Training - Queenstown
Date: Monday, February 25, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Wye Research & Education Center, 124 Wye Narrows Drive, Queenstown, MD 21658
Cost: $20
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/basic-good-agricultural-practices-gap-training-2252019-tickets-55603390237?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Description: Who should attend: This one-day workshop is highly recommended for small- and large-scale fruit and vegetable producers who want to understand how to meet basic produce safety requirements established by the Food Safety Modernization Act and/or are considering Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) certification. The training will assist with on-farm food safety implementation and writing a GAP program for both wholesale growers and direct marketers. This Basic GAP workshop does not satisfy the FDA training requirement for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule... a separate Produce Safety Alliance curriculum workshop meets that requirement.

Topics covered in this Basic GAP program include highlights of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule; Good Agricultural Practices addressing issues such as pre-harvest and post-harvest water quality, use of biological soil amendments of animal origin, and worker health and hygiene; an update on current food safety research; writing a food safety plan; and MDA/University of Maryland programs to assist producers in implementing GAP. A portion of the training will be spent helping producers write their food safety plans. Producers are encouraged to bring their laptops. Laptops will also be provided to those who cannot bring them.

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Event: H-2A Employer Compliance Webinar
Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm to 2:00 PM
Cost: Free
Registration: https://extension.umd.edu/user/reset/699/1548364238/bCOPYRPCpUc-dZsozIvtaYZjewHXDKcBJNl9rT9P784
Location: webinar
Contact: Sarah Everhart at (410) 458-2475 or by email severhart@law.umaryland.edu
Description: H-2A employers are subject to strict and complex recordkeeping requirements related to how they pay both H-2A and non-H-2A workers. Tune into this webinar for a review of the numerous compliance obligations of H-2A employers and learn about some newly created rescources meant to help employers fully comply with the law. Presenters will include Sarah Everhart, Managing Director of the Agriculture Law Education at the University of Maryland Francis K. Carey School of Law and Merlin Williams, State Rural Services Coordinator, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation.

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Event: Advanced GAP (Advanced Good Agricultural Practices) Training - Annapolis
Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Pkwy, Annapolis, MD 21401
Cost: $10
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/advanced-good-agricultural-practices-2272019-tickets-55637430051?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Contact: Deanna Baldwin (410) 841-5769 or by email Deanna.baldwin@maryland.gov
Description:
Who should attend: This one-day workshop is highly recommended for small- and large-scale fruit and vegetable producers who already have a food safety plan and are interested in improving their food safety practices, complying with the Produce Safety Rule and/or achieving USDA Harmonized or Harmonized Plus certification. This training is partially sponsored by Wegman's and meets their requirements for continuing education. This workshop does not satisfy the FDA training requirement for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule... a separate Produce Safety Alliance curriculum workshop meets that requirement.

Topics covered in this Advanced GAP program include highlights of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule and the resources available for compliance; Good Agricultural Practices addressing issues such as conducting comprehensive risk assessments, sanitary design/cleaning and sanitizing equipment; an update on current food safety research; and MDA/University of Maryland programs to assist producers in implementing GAP.

March

Event: MGGA Pruning Clinic #3 Eastern Shore
Date:
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Time:
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location:
Hemsleys Fortune Vineyards 220 Cherry Lane, Queenstown, MD 21658
Cost: $25 MGGA member; $35 Non-member (pre-registration requested; coffee, tea, and donuts will be provided)
Description:
Hemsleys Fortune Vineyards has both young and mature vinifera vines to be demonstrated. This pruning clinic will cover both spur and cane pruning on VSP trellis as well as methods for pruning and training young vines. Program will take place rain or shine. An inclement weather date will be set for SEVERE snow/ice conditions.    If in doubt check the website, www.marylandgrapes.org after 6:30 AM the morning of the clinic or call Nichole Krameck 302-222-2184.
Instructor: Nichole Krameck (302-222-2184)
Registration: Mail with check- click here  Online - click here

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Event: Advance Small Fruit Workshop
Date: March 4, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: SMECO Auditorium, 15035 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville, MD  20637
Cost:  $15 and includes a meal and all course materials.
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/advanced-small-fruit-production-tickets-554...
Contact: SMADC Staff at info@smadc.com or call 301-274-1922 ext.
Description: Are you ready to take your small fruit production to the next level? Are you growing blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries or other small fruit? Join SMADC and University of Maryland for an intensive workshop on small fruit production in Southern Maryland.  Listen to some of the foremost experts in the field from around the Mid-Atlantic region. This advanced workshop will be one of the only opportunities to learn form the best at one place convenient to Maryland. 

Speakers will include: Gary Pavlis: Extension Agent and Professor, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Emmalea Earnest: Associate Scientist - Extension Vegetable & Fruit Program, Delaware Coop. Extension, Michael Newell: Horticulture Crops Program Manager, WYE Research Center-UMD, Ben Beale: Extension Agent, University of Maryland St. Mary’s County Dave Myers Extension Agent, University of Maryland Anne Arundel County, Joe Fiola: Extension Specialist Small Fruit and Viticulture-University of Maryland, Mengjun Hu: Asst. Professor and Small Fruit Pathologist-University of Maryland More to come!

Topics to include: Blueberries: Site prep and soil amendments, General IPM and weed management Blueberry variety trials in Delaware Blueberry trials in Southern Maryland, Strawberries: Recent research at the WYE  Plasticulture systems Disease resistance and fungicide programs Brambles: Bramble Systems that Work for Maryland, General Fruit Production Topics: Weed management in small fruit Disease management for small fruit.

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Event: Basic GAP - Basic Good Agricultural Practices Training - Baltimore City
Date: Monday, March 18, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: University of Maryland Extension - Baltimore City Office, 6615 Reisterstown Road, Suite 201, Baltimore, MD 21215
Cost: $20
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/basic-gap-basic-good-agricultural-practices-training-31819-tickets-55090423941
Description: Who should attend: This one-day workshop is highly recommended for small- and large-scale fruit and vegetable producers who want to understand how to meet basic U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food safety requirements and/or are considering Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) certification. The training will assist with on-farm food safety implementation and writing a GAP program for both wholesale growers and direct marketers. This Basic GAP workshop does not satisfy the FDA training requirement for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule... a separate Produce Safety Alliance curriculum workshop meets that requirement.

Topics covered in this Basic GAP program include highlights of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule; Good Agricultural Practices such as addressing pre-harvest and post-harvest water quality issues; an update on current food safety research; writing a food safety plan; and MDA/University of Maryland programs to assist producers in implementing GAP. A portion of the training will be spent helping producers write their food safety plans. Producers are encouraged to bring their laptops. Laptops will also be provided to those who cannot bring them.

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Event: Eastern Winery Exposition
Date: March 19-21, 2019
Location: The Oncenter, 800 South State Street, Syracuse, New York, 13202
Registration: https://easternwineryexposition.com/registration/
Description: The 2019 program features 40+ Speakers and 35 sessions in Enology, Viticulture and Money / Management, and trade show. It kicks off March 19 with three full-day Workshops featuring Sparkling Wines, Managing Microbes and Cold Climate Grapes.

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