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Don’t Eat a Third Hand Tomato; Come to the Farmers’ Market Mastering Marketing - Special Edition 2020 
Disease Management - Botrytis  Botrytis is a major disease threat as harvest approaches. Botrytis cinerea is a fungus that affects many plant species, especially wine grapes, where it is commonly known as Botrytis bunch rot or gray mold.
Downy Mildew Management Downy mildew is now a year-long challenge for grape growers in the East. Downy mildew is often difficult to manage because it requires specific weather conditions to become a serious threat, but it can develop into an epidemic very quickly in favorable weather.
Agritourism Operations and Liability Concerns this Fall Season Mastering Marketing - July 2020With so many concerns for the Fall agritourism season, here is an informative podcast that helps outline how to mediate some of the risks of hosting events this Fall season.
Adjusting Direct Marketing to Selling On-line, a 24-7 Opportunity Masterning Marketing - Special Edition June 2020
Pivot to Bundling Products to Increase Sales Mastering Marketing - June 2020
Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP): What Dairy and Beef Producers Need to Know Background:The USDA CFAP Program has allocated $16 billion in funds for direct payments to farmers to help with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The funds are derived from two sources: the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act.  Funds from the CARES Act are meant to help farmers cope with price reductions
Collaborative Marketing-A Process; Not an Event Mastering Marketing - Special Edition May 2020
COVID-19 and Agritourism in Maryland Mastering Marketing - Special Edition April 2020
Capturing the Bounce; Surviving the Dip Mastering Marketing - April 2020As we move through the realities the Covid-19 protocols, many are experiencing first hand its effect on their business’s viability.
Preparing Your Farm for Impacts of COVID-19 What is COVID-19?Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus (official name: SARS-CoV-2) that was identified in 2019.  This virus is responsible for the respiratory disease outbreak that began in Wuhan, China in late 2019 and quickly circulated around the globe.  The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pand
You’re Going to Need a Different Marketing Plan Mastering Marketing - March 2020According to online sources, "May you live in interesting times" is an English expression which purports to be a translation of a traditional Chinese curse. Everyone can agree that these are indeed “interesting times” and feels like every day brings more negativity. The actions taken to curtail the viruses spread will have long ramifications.
Managing Heifer Inventory on the Dairy Photo credit: Edwin Remsberg
Crop Development Sampling It is critical to properly monitor and assess fruit maturity characteristics to make the appropriate management, harvesting, and winemaking decisions to produce the best quality grapes and wine possible. The first step to assess ripeness and quality is to take a proper sample that best represents the actual ripeness stage of the cultivar in that block of the vineyard.
Emerging Models for Direct-to-Consumer Marketing Mastering Marketing - June 2018“You never change things by fighting an existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller
Market Season-Ready, Set, Sell Mastering Marketing - April 2018Despite the colder temps and slow start to the growing season, farmers markets, roadside stands and on-farm markets, need to get ready for sunnier days and the first flush of customers looking for fresh local produce, fruits, and other locally produced foods.
Balanced Pruning I - A Critical Step in Maintaining and Adjusting Vine Balance  Timely Viticulture Update:  February 26, 2018A major theme of viticulture is that for a vine to consistently produce high quality fruit it must be “in balance.” That means that the amount of vegetative growth (shoots and leaves) is just right to properly ripen the reproductive growth (fruit load).
Assessing Grapevine Bud Damage  Timely Viticulture Updated: February 26, 2018
Understanding Grapevine Bud Damage  Timely Viticulture Update:  February 26, 2018
Matching Products to Customer Appetites in 2018 Mastering Marketing - January 2018Every December I enjoy reading food trend predictions for the coming year from a variety of sources such as the Specialty Foods Association, the American Restaurant Association, Packer magazine, and  a host of foodie blogs.
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