Fruit Quality and Safety Workshop

October 5, 2022

Keedysville, MD - The Harvest and Post-harvest Practices for Improving Apple Fruit Marketability: Fruit Quality and Safety Workshop will be held at the University of Maryland, Western Maryland Research and Education Center, 18330 Keedysville Road, Keedysville, on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about the latest technologies and strategies for improving apple fruit marketability while maintaining fruit quality and produce safety. The workshop will include presentations, demonstrations, and discussions. The cost to attend the workshop is $20 which includes snacks, lunch, coffee, and networking. To register go to

See below for the full agenda of the workshop.




9:00 a.m.- Assessment of apple maturity indices to determine optimal harvest time. (talk and demonstration) - Dr. Macarena Farcuh
10:30 a.m. - Break
10:45 a.m. - Apple Fruit coloration and strategies for improving it. - Dr. Macarena Farcuh
11:30 a.m. - Pre and postharvest practices/factors affecting fruit quality. - Mr. Ronald Dave Myers
Noon - Working Lunch

1:00 p.m. - Water quality and using sanitizers - Dr. Rohan Tikekar
1:40 p.m. -  What to do with Culls and Drops - Dr. Rohan Tikekar
2:00 p.m. -  Break
2:15 p.m. - The Top Three Issues Found During Inspections and Audits - Ms. Carol Allen
2:45 p.m. - Cleaning and Sanitizing - Ms. Carol Allen
3:30 p.m. - Wrap up and evaluation/surveys

For more information or if you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event (two weeks prior), please contact Dr. Macarena Farcuh at or by calling (301) 405-1323.

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